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  • Thumbnail for Beijing Welcomes You in the Year of the Dragon
    Beijing Welcomes You in the Year of the Dragon

    A policeman surveys traffic under a billboard sporting Mickey Mouse and a cartoon dragon welcoming tourists in three languages.

  • Thumbnail for Don't Spit Please!
    Don't Spit Please!

    Weather-beaten sign on a Haidian district wall asking passersby not to spit. Expectoration was the target of public health authorities in the 1980s and beyond.

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    Build Socialism

    Cyclists, pedicabs and buses pass a billboard exhorting passersby to "Rely on one's own strength to pioneer new enterprises with painstaking effort; Do a good job of constructing a socialist economy."

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    Service Company Barber Shop

    Barber shop offering r S"&qucontemporary fashions" and "warm service."

  • Thumbnail for Urban monk
    Urban monk

    A monk at Beijing's Yonghe Palace Lama Temple, behind which lie high-rise apartment buildings.

  • Thumbnail for Alley scene
    Alley scene

    Haidian district residents on a narrow street lined with pre-1949 era brick structures.

  • Thumbnail for Beijing Subway Station
    Beijing Subway Station

    Bicycle commuters stream past the entrance to a Beijing subway station during afternoon rush hour.

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    Beijing from the Summer Palace

    Northwest Beijing as seen looking over Kunming lake at the Summer Palace - Qingyi Garden

  • Thumbnail for Beijing cyclists
    Beijing cyclists

    Cyclists on a Beijing street, Fall 1988.

  • Thumbnail for Western Hills sunset
    Western Hills sunset

    The sun sets over Beijing's Western Hills, silhouetting the hills and towers of the Summer Palace.

  • Thumbnail for Western Hills from Beijing University
    Western Hills from Beijing University

    Beijing's Western Hills, seen looking west from Beijing University.

  • Thumbnail for Selling hats
    Selling hats

    Hat peddler appraises the look of his ware on a potential client.

  • Thumbnail for Beijing bicycles
    Beijing bicycles

    Row of bicycles parked on a Beijing street. In the 1980s, most commuters still used old-model bicycles to get to work.

  • Thumbnail for Beijing University Weiming Lake
    Beijing University Weiming Lake

    A placid corner of Beijing University's Weiming ("unnamed") Lake, the centerpiece of the campus and reputedly the site of several suicides during the Cultural Revolution. The lake and surrounding were constructed in the 18th century.

  • Thumbnail for Beijing University Bell Pavilion
    Beijing University Bell Pavilion

    Through the trees surrounding Beijing University's Weiming Lake is seen the Bell Pavilion, built in the 19th century and once used to announce time on campus.

  • Thumbnail for Beijing University Weiming Lake and Boya Tower
    Beijing University Weiming Lake and Boya Tower

    Weiming "unnamed") Lake and Boya ("Erudition and Elegance") Tower, the landmarks of the Beijing University campus. The lake dates to the 18th century, predating the university by more than a century; the tower dates to 1924, built to supply water.

  • Thumbnail for Beijing University stonemasons
    Beijing University stonemasons

    Stonemasons work large blocks of rock on the Beijing University campus.

  • Thumbnail for Unity, Friendship, Progress
    Unity, Friendship, Progress

    In preparation for Beijing's hosting of the 1990 Asian Games, a billboard touts a Pan-Asian theme of "Unity, Friendship, Progress" over a multinational crowd assembled on the Great Wall

  • Thumbnail for Asia Beverages billboard
    Asia Beverages billboard

    Portion of a colorful neon billboard for a beverage wholesaling company.

  • Thumbnail for People's Heroes - Wuchang Uprising
    People's Heroes - Wuchang Uprising

    Bas-relief of the Wuchang Uprising of 10 October 1911, which led to the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. The relief is one of eight revolutionary events depicted on the base of the Monument to the People's Heroes in tiananmen Square, completed 1958.

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    People's Heroes - May 4

    Bas-relief of the May Fourth student movement of 1919, one of eight revolutionary events depicted on the base of the 10-story Monument to the People's Heroes in tiananmen Square.

  • Thumbnail for Gugong Taihedian steps
    Gugong Taihedian steps

    A coiled dragon motif graces the white balustrading on the terraced steps to the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Imperial Palace. This view is from the Hall's central terrace looking west.

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    Imperial Palace from Beihai Park

    Looking southeast from White Dagoba hill in Beijing's Beihai park, one sees the northwest corner of the Imperial Palace complex and the skyscrapers of modern Beijing in the distance.

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    Fragrant Hills date

    A People's Liberation Army officer shares a chairlift with a woman companion in the Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan), northwest of Beijing

  • Thumbnail for Bicycle repair shop
    Bicycle repair shop

    Inner tubes lie piled on the eaves of a humble Beijing bicycle repair shop