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.
Fruit sellers peddle their wares in front of the Haidian Clock Retail Sales Department
Haidian district residents on a narrow street lined with pre-1949 era brick structures.
Afternoon sun fights through a blanket of smog in Beijing's Haidian district.
Workers on the Beijing University campus preparing the ground for new structures. Relations between elite university students and uneducated migrant workers are often strained.
A young boy and girl chat animatedly as they stroll on the path through the Beijing University campus.
Cars and buses move through late afternoon haze on a Beijing thoroughfare.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
Beijing University student peruses flyers on a campus kiosk for a coffee house, photography service, and new books, among other announcements.
Portion of a poster welcoming new students to Beijing University with black calligraphy on bright red paper.
Portion of a colorful neon billboard for a beverage wholesaling company.
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.
Audio clip of the anthem for the People's Republic of China.
Back of 100 Taibi note.
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."
View of some of the tall buildings and advertisements along Shanghai's Huangpu river, glimpsed through the perpetual Shanghai haze.
Vendor with a donkey near the Great Wall.
Illustration ofa heroic industrial worker using a jackhammer to break into the underground den of the opponents of the first Five-Year Plan.
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.
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 Yearâ€™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.