Street in northwest Beijing's Haidian district during autumn afternoon.
Travelers and buses in front of the Beijing Railway Station (Beijing zhan) at dusk.
View from the Summer Palace's Longevity Hill (Wanshou shan), overlooking the Buddha Incense Pavilion (Foxiangge, right), Kunming Lake and the Seventeen Arch Bridge (Shiqi kongqiao) toward the city beyond..
Haidian district residents on a narrow street lined with pre-1949 era brick structures.
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.
Ranks of red banners flank the CCP insignia over the entry to the National Museum complex on the east side of tiananmen Square.
A small privately-run library advertises its wares in the window of the old brick structure it shares with the New Life Barber shop.
Viewed from the Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan), the high rises of northwest Beijing lie just beyond the Summer Palace's Kunming Lake.
Fruit sellers peddle their wares in front of the Haidian Clock Retail Sales Department
Beijing's Western Hills, seen looking west from Beijing University.
A worker paints over a billboard urging onlookers to build the socialist economy
Children jump rope in a village in rural Shandong province
Mountainside with small pavilion, seen from path ascending Mt. Tai in Shandong province.
View of unrestored rooftops in the Imperial Palace complex, looking east from a Hall of Supreme Harmony terrace.
A People's Liberation Army officer shares a chairlift with a woman companion in the Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan), northwest of Beijing
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.
Close up of two of the three rings of eaves topping the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year. The three sets of conical eaves are unique in Chinese architecture; their roundness signifies Heaven (in contrast to Earth, which is square).
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.
A coiled dragon motif graces the white balustrading on the terraced steps to the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Imperial Palace. This view is from the Hall's central terrace looking west.
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.
Workers hawk an orange soda drink on a sidewalk in Shanhaiguan, northeast of Beijing.
A public toilet outside the Summer Palace sports traditional round entryways and chains to shape the queue. Under an umbrella to the right attendants charge admission.
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.
A placid corner of Beijing University's Weiming ("unnamed") Lake, the centerpiece of the campus and reputedly the site of several suicides during the Cultural Revolution. The lake and surrounding were constructed in the 18th century.