A policeman surveys traffic under a billboard sporting Mickey Mouse and a cartoon dragon welcoming tourists in three languages.
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.
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."
Barber shop offering r S"&qucontemporary fashions" and "warm service."
A monk at Beijing's Yonghe Palace Lama Temple, behind which lie high-rise apartment buildings.
Haidian district residents on a narrow street lined with pre-1949 era brick structures.
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
Cyclists on a Beijing street, Fall 1988.
The sun sets over Beijing's Western Hills, silhouetting the hills and towers of the Summer Palace.
Beijing's Western Hills, seen looking west from Beijing University.
Hat peddler appraises the look of his ware on a potential client.
Row of bicycles parked on a Beijing street. In the 1980s, most commuters still used old-model bicycles to get to work.
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.
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.
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.
Stonemasons work large blocks of rock on the Beijing University campus.
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
Portion of a colorful neon billboard for a beverage wholesaling company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A People's Liberation Army officer shares a chairlift with a woman companion in the Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan), northwest of Beijing
Inner tubes lie piled on the eaves of a humble Beijing bicycle repair shop