Cars and buses move through late afternoon haze on a Beijing thoroughfare.
A People's Liberation Army officer shares a chairlift with a woman companion in the Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan), northwest of Beijing
Colored bulbs and happy chefs proffering tasty dishes adorn the restaurant of a guest house for military personnel.
Worker watches a train at a railway station. 1988 was a peak year for an overtaxed rail system.
Barber shop offering r S"&qucontemporary fashions" and "warm service."
Inner tubes lie piled on the eaves of a humble Beijing bicycle repair shop
Day trippers climb the Western Hills (Xishan) northwest of Beijing.
Detail of gateway within Beijing's Temple of Heaven complex, which is missing one of the two lion emblems that ordinarily adorn each door.
Beijing University's Boya tower was originally a water tower, constructed in a traditional style to harmonize with the traditional aesthetic of nearby Weiming ("unnamed") Lake and the surrounding park.
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.
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.)
Three sets of conical eaves representing Heaven, Earth and Nature cap the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year. Originally colored azure, yellow and green to indicate that symbolism, a 1751 renovation left all eaves azure.
Colored glaze tile archway at the entrance to the Reclining Buddha Temple (Wofo si) in Beijing's Western Hills district. The 7th century structure's calligraphy ("assembling for instruction in the esoteric canon") is the Qianlong Emperor's (r. 1736-1795).
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.
A bronze tortoise's gaping mouth vented incense smoke during ceremonies in front of the Imperial Palace's Hall of Supreme Harmony. The tortoise symbolized imperial longevity and power.
View of unrestored rooftops in the Imperial Palace complex, looking east from a Hall of Supreme Harmony terrace.
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.
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.
Traditional style architecture graces much of the Beijing University campus, viewed across the tennis courts fronting the foreign students' dormitory.
Flag of Hong Kong; a five-petaled white flower in the middle of a red field.
Vendors sell clothes off of blankets spread out in the sidewalk in Taiwan. Also a common sight on the streets in China.
Black & white photo of the entrance to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Beijing.
National Anthem of Taiwan (Republic of China).
Front cover illustration: Beacons fill the sky over Tiananmen Square, serving as arrows indicating "The Great Leap Forward" in the production of grain, steel, and machinery. Large bins of grain from a bumper harvest are seen to the left, while new factory chimneys rise on the right.
Front of a bill denoting 100 Hong Kong dollars. The current rate of exchange  makes this bill equivalent to approximately $12.50 US.