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).
Haidian district residents on a narrow street lined with pre-1949 era brick structures.
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
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.
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.
A color photo of steel production in China during the Great Leap Forward, by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Vendors sell clothes off of blankets spread out in the sidewalk in Taiwan. Also a common sight on the streets in China.
Three men walk underneath a sign advertising Xinjiang cuisine in Shanghai.
Photo of a boat parked in front of a house in southern China.
Photograph of series of white stone gates behind the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Temple of Heaven, Beijing.
A barge floats along the Huangpu river on another foggy (smoggy?) day in Shanghai. As seen from Pudong.
Sign along the great wall reading "Pay Attention to the Safe" in English (Chinese: "Zhuyi Anquan"). A better translation would be "Please be careful". Badly translated signs are rampant in China, not to mention throughout Asia.
Demonstrators dance in Tiananmen, in high spirits even two days after the martial law declaration.
Students studying in the main library at Qinghua University, Beijing.