Bicycle commuters stream past the entrance to a Beijing subway station during afternoon rush hour.
On the eastern side of tiananmen Square lies the 69,000 sq. m. National Museum Building (Bowuguan daxia) housing both the Museum of Chinese History (Zhongguo lishi bowuguan) and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution (Zhongguo geming bowuguan).
Viewed from the Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan), the high rises of northwest Beijing lie just beyond the Summer Palace's Kunming Lake.
Beijing's Western Hills, seen looking west from Beijing University.
Detail of wall a the base of the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year, capped by beams bearing the dragon and phoenix motif.
An elderly man rests with his grandson on the steps approaching the Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihemen) in the Forbidden City
Workers hawk an orange soda drink on a sidewalk in Shanhaiguan, northeast of Beijing.
Dragon head, detail of carved stone ramp leading to the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Imperial Palace, Beijing.
Colored bulbs and happy chefs proffering tasty dishes adorn the restaurant of a guest house for military personnel.
A small child in fur jacket and hat sits on the railing lining the Long Corridor (Changlang) at the Summer Palace in northwest Beijing
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.
Traditional style architecture graces much of the Beijing University campus, viewed across the tennis courts fronting the foreign students' dormitory.
Section of a poster on a campus kiosk tells new Beijing University students the history of the institution, including its relation to May Fourth and CCP luminaries like Li Dazhao, Chen Duxiu, Mao Zedong and Lu Xun, all of whom worked or taught 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.
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).
View of unrestored rooftops in the Imperial Palace complex, looking east from a Hall of Supreme Harmony terrace.
Beijing University student studying a poster listing campus cafeteria hours.
Rear entrance of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Imperial Palace complex.
A color photo of steel production in China during the Great Leap Forward, by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Black & white photo of the entrance to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Beijing.
Illustration from Manhua showing Soviet engineers helping to tame the dragon of the Heilongjiang, or 'Black Dragon River,' in China's far northeast.
National Anthem of Taiwan (Republic of China).
Sepia-toned photo of snow-filled crevice in the Great Wall.
Group picture of St. Olaf Students on Interim 2003 to China and Japan, posing on the Great Wall. Three Rows, Left to Right: Front, Sitting: Andrea Ritland, Bin Xue, Brian Swenson, Annie Haugen, Kou Vang First Standing Row (from blue jacket): Stephanie Johnson, Naoya Nishino, Phong Do. Back Row: Lauren McClain, Aiko Guevara, Emily Wiedenhoeft, Andy Bernard, Sam Lee, Angie Lau, Professor Heather Klopchin, Max Bunge, Brendan Eagan.
A group of mandarin ducks huddle under a bridge in the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou.