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  • 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.

  • Thumbnail for Haidian Clock Retail Sales Department
    Haidian Clock Retail Sales Department

    Fruit sellers peddle their wares in front of the Haidian Clock Retail Sales Department

  • Thumbnail for Alley scene
    Alley scene

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

  • Thumbnail for Beijing smog
    Beijing smog

    Afternoon sun fights through a blanket of smog in Beijing's Haidian district.

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    Workers

    Workers on the Beijing University campus preparing the ground for new structures. Relations between elite university students and uneducated migrant workers are often strained.

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    Beijing University kids

    A young boy and girl chat animatedly as they stroll on the path through the Beijing University campus.

  • Thumbnail for Street haze
    Street haze

    Cars and buses move through late afternoon haze on a Beijing thoroughfare.

  • Thumbnail for Da Li Machine works billboard
    Da Li Machine works billboard

    Billboard for Beijing's Da Li Machine works (formerly Beijing Parts and Equipment Plant) depicts the cabled arm of a giant red machine spiraling towards the sun, touting the virtues of Da Li products for pipeline maintenance and breach occlusion.

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    Tiantan Huangqingdian with gate

    Gate and roof of the Hall of Sovereign Heaven at the rear of the Temple of Heaven complex, which housed tablets representing heavenly spirits (but not that of Heaven itself, which resided in the Imperial Vault of Heaven).

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    Beihai White Dagoba

    Built in 1651 to herald the Dalai Lama's visit to the Qing court, Beihai Park's White Dagoba was rebuilt in 1680. The dagoba is a Tibetan Buddhist architectural form imported to China during the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1279-1368).

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    Taihedian bronze tortoise

    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.

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    Beijing University Boya Tower

    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.

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    Taishan stone calligraphy

    Calligraphic inscriptions from across China's centuries adorn stone outcroppings along the path to the peak of Mt. Tai, one of China's five sacred mountains.

  • Thumbnail for Reading flyers
    Reading flyers

    Beijing University student peruses flyers on a campus kiosk for a coffee house, photography service, and new books, among other announcements.

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    Beijing University welcome

    Portion of a poster welcoming new students to Beijing University with black calligraphy on bright red paper.

  • Thumbnail for Asia Beverages billboard
    Asia Beverages billboard

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

  • 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.

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    Anthem--China - People's Republic of China 1949 - present

    Audio clip of the anthem for the People's Republic of China.

  • Thumbnail for Currency:  100 Taibi, back
    Currency: 100 Taibi, back

    Back of 100 Taibi note.

  • Thumbnail for One Person Blows the Flute, While the Other Plays
    One Person Blows the Flute, While the Other Plays

    Illustration from Manhua showing an American military officer in the picture playing a tune on the 'flute' (actually an American missile) while the Japanese geisha provides the breath. She carries a fan labelled "Revising the Security Treaty."

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    Advertising Along the Huangpu

    View of some of the tall buildings and advertisements along Shanghai's Huangpu river, glimpsed through the perpetual Shanghai haze.

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    Man with Donkey

    Vendor with a donkey near the Great Wall.

  • Thumbnail for In Reponse to Criticism of the Five Year Plan
    In Reponse to Criticism of the Five Year Plan

    Illustration ofa heroic industrial worker using a jackhammer to break into the underground den of the opponents of the first Five-Year Plan.

  • Thumbnail for Silk embroider depicting Ouyang Hai pushing an artillery-laden horse off the tracks before an oncoming train (detail horse)
    Silk embroider depicting Ouyang Hai pushing an artillery-laden horse off the tracks before an oncoming train (detail horse) by Yang Shengrong

    Silk embroidery is today supported by the Chinese government. As in the past, it is not unusual for an existing painting to be copied in embroidery. In this instance, the painting represents one of the mythical heroes of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), Ouyang Hai. He reputedly shoved a frightened horse laden with artillery off the tracks in front of an oncoming train. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1975), PLA heroes, actual or fictitious, became part of the government propaganda machine and were to serve as role models for the people. To advertise their heroic deeds, they were commemorated in all artistic media: paintings, prints, sculptures. This particular depiction of Ouyang Hai was originally created as a painting in 1964 by Yang Shengrong.

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    Popular woodblock prints: kitchen god

    Colored woodblock prints of popular images are associated with popular religious beliefs and ceremonies mostly observed at Chinese lunar New Year. The printed image of the Kitchen God was burned at New Year’s time to send him off to the Jade Emperor to report on the family; this report would determine the fortune of the family during the coming year. This Kitchen God print includes a calendar for the year 1949, a late survivor of the tradition.