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    Don't Spit Please!

    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.

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    Fragrant Hills weekenders

    A family of three enjoys a chairlift ride in the Fragrant Hills northwest of Beijing on an autumn weekend.

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    Da Li Machine works billboard

    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.

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    Shanhai guan pop stand

    Workers hawk an orange soda drink on a sidewalk in Shanhaiguan, northeast of Beijing.

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    Fencesitter

    A small child in fur jacket and hat sits on the railing lining the Long Corridor (Changlang) at the Summer Palace in northwest Beijing

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    Rail worker

    Worker watches a train at a railway station. 1988 was a peak year for an overtaxed rail system.

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    Service Company Barber Shop

    Barber shop offering r S"&qucontemporary fashions" and "warm service."

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    Bicycle repair shop

    Inner tubes lie piled on the eaves of a humble Beijing bicycle repair shop

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    Selling hats

    Hat peddler appraises the look of his ware on a potential client.

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    Tiantan Qiniandian stairs

    Designed in 1531 (by the Ming Emperor Shizong, it is said), the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year known to modern tourists is the result of a 1751 renovation. The circular roof signifies Heaven, the square base earth.

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    Imperial Palace from Beihai Park

    Looking southeast from White Dagoba hill in Beijing's Beihai park, one sees the northwest corner of the Imperial Palace complex and the skyscrapers of modern Beijing in the distance.

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    Makeshift window

    The subject of a blackboard urging "resolute implementation," "prevention as the mainstay" and "total annihilation" was probably a public health campaign; it now serves as a window to a Beijing apartment.

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    Beijing smog

    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.

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    Guest house restaurant

    Colored bulbs and happy chefs proffering tasty dishes adorn the restaurant of a guest house for military personnel.

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    Taishan mountainside

    Mountainside with small pavilion, seen from path ascending Mt. Tai in Shandong province.

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    Beijing University cafeteria hours

    Beijing University student studying a poster listing campus cafeteria hours.

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    Gugong Taihedian

    Rear entrance of the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Imperial Palace complex.

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    Asia Beverages billboard

    Portion of a colorful neon billboard for a beverage wholesaling company.

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    Beijing University Weiming Lake and Boya Tower

    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.

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    Food vendors offer their ancestors help

    The workers at this stand maintain a table of offerings.

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    Beijing bicycles

    Row of bicycles parked on a Beijing street. In the 1980s, most commuters still used old-model bicycles to get to work.

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    No Durians Allowed

    Durians are banned in Hawker Centers because of their strong smell, which some love and some hate.

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    Ice cream to go

    A traditional way of selling ice cream.

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    Street Offering

    A container which is used to burn offerings during the Hungry Ghost Festival.