Northwest Beijing lies under a thick layer of early winter smog generated in part by the widespread use of coal for residential heating and cooking.
Portion of a poster welcoming new students to Beijing University with black calligraphy on bright red paper.
Rows of bicycles line a Beijing University campus hall, while overhead a bright red banner reads "warmly welcome new classmates."
Detail of entryway to the Hall of Sovereign Heaven, a structure at the northern end of the Temple of Heaven which housed the tablets of heavenly spirits. (The tablet representing Heaven itself, however, was stored in the central Imperial Vault of Heaven.)
Colored glaze tile archway at the entrance to the Reclining Buddha Temple (Wofo si) in Beijing's Western Hills district. The 7th century structure's calligraphy ("assembling for instruction in the esoteric canon") is the Qianlong Emperor's (r. 1736-1795).
Seen from the edge of the Temple of Heaven's circular mound (site of yearly imperial sacrifices), the Imperial Vault of Heaven, which housed that deity's spirit tablet, lies beyond a series of stone gates.
Brick residence in a Beijing hutong ("alley"). Found in north China and especially Beijing, the hutong as urban organizing principle dates to the 13th century; this structure is of more recent vintage. Note the stacks of coal piled outside for fuel.
Dragon head, detail of carved stone ramp leading to the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Imperial Palace, Beijing.
Mountainside with small pavilion, seen from path ascending Mt. Tai in Shandong province.
Stonemasons work large blocks of rock on the Beijing University campus.
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.
View of the Gate of Supreme Harmony, beyond which lies the Hall of Supreme Harmony to the north in the Imperial Palace complex in Beijing known as the Forbidden City.
A traditional way of selling ice cream.
Diners in the courtyard of the famous Raffles Hotel.
A group eats food from a street vendor.
A container which is used to burn offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
A vendor prepares roasted chestnuts.
A man burns offerings in a No-Parking zone.
A Hindu temple in Singapore.
This long table contains many offerings.
The Merlion Fountain, seen from the Esplanade.
A newspaper vendor eats lunch while customers browse.
A street in Little India.
Swimming pool at a private housing complex.
Families enjoying the Jurong Bird Park