Built in 1958 on the eastern edge of tiananmen Square, the 69,000 sq. m. National Museum Building (Bowuguan daxia) houses both the Museum of Chinese History (Zhongguo lishi bowuguan) and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution (Zhongguo geming bowuguan).
An elderly man rests with his grandson on the steps approaching the Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihemen) in the Forbidden City
A worker paints over a billboard urging onlookers to build the socialist economy
Portion of a colorful neon billboard for a beverage wholesaling company.
Inner tubes lie piled on the eaves of a humble Beijing bicycle repair shop
View of unrestored rooftops in the Imperial Palace complex, looking east from a Hall of Supreme Harmony terrace.
A winding stone balustrade lines the Inner Golden River, which meanders through the courtyard separating Meridian Gate (Wu men), entrance to the Imperial Palace, from the Gate of Supreme Harmony leading to the main halls of the complex beyond.
Constructed in 1924 to supply the Yanjing University campus with water, Boya ("erudition") Tower has since, along with Weiming ("unnamed") Lake, become an iconic feature of the Beijing University campus.
Stacks of coal pucks lined up outside a Beijing residence on an autumn afternoon presage the arrival of winter. Coal burning as a fuel and heat source greatly contributed to Beijing's smoggy winter skies.
A view of Beijing University's West Gate from across the street. In front passes a horse-drawn cart with truck wheels.
Portion of a poster welcoming new students to Beijing University with black calligraphy on bright red paper.
Row of bicycles parked on a Beijing street. In the 1980s, most commuters still used old-model bicycles to get to work.
Beijing University student studying a poster listing campus cafeteria hours.
Bicycle commuters stream past the entrance to a Beijing subway station during afternoon rush hour.
Northwest Beijing as seen looking over Kunming lake at the Summer Palace - Qingyi Garden
Travelers and buses in front of the Beijing Railway Station (Beijing zhan) at dusk.
A public toilet outside the Summer Palace sports traditional round entryways and chains to shape the queue. Under an umbrella to the right attendants charge admission.
Northwest Beijing lies under a thick layer of early winter smog generated in part by the widespread use of coal for residential heating and cooking.
Colored bulbs and happy chefs proffering tasty dishes adorn the restaurant of a guest house for military personnel.
Workers at Beijing University involved in the construction of new housing for foreign students.
Barber shop offering r S"&qucontemporary fashions" and "warm service."
Cyclists on a Beijing street, Fall 1988.
Shop yard with coal discs (left) stockpiled for winter.
Detail of entryway to the Hall of Sovereign Heaven, a structure at the northern end of the Temple of Heaven which housed the tablets of heavenly spirits. (The tablet representing Heaven itself, however, was stored in the central Imperial Vault of Heaven.)
Boya tower rises behind the traditional style architecture of much of the Beijing University campus, viewed across the tennis courts fronting the foreign students' dormitory.