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    National Museum complex

    Built in 1958 on the eastern edge of tiananmen Square, the 69,000 sq. m. National Museum Building (Bowuguan daxia) houses both the Museum of Chinese History (Zhongguo lishi bowuguan) and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution (Zhongguo geming bowuguan).

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    Jizo statues

    Just two of thousands of these little statues along the path to Okunoin.

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    Beijing street scene

    Street in northwest Beijing's Haidian district during autumn afternoon.

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    Western Hills

    Day trippers climb the Western Hills (Xishan) northwest of Beijing.

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    People's Heroes - Wuchang Uprising

    Bas-relief of the Wuchang Uprising of 10 October 1911, which led to the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. The relief is one of eight revolutionary events depicted on the base of the Monument to the People's Heroes in tiananmen Square, completed 1958.

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    Gugong lions

    Lion statues flank the stairs to the Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing men), entrance to the three rear, or inner, palaces of the Forbidden City situated to the north of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Imperial Palace.

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    Western Hills sunset

    The sun sets over Beijing's Western Hills, silhouetting the hills and towers of the Summer Palace.

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    Prepared for winter

    Stacks of coal pucks lined up outside a Beijing residence on an autumn afternoon presage the arrival of winter. Coal burning as a fuel and heat source greatly contributed to Beijing's smoggy winter skies.

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    Pay Toilet

    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.

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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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    Billboard painted over

    A worker paints over a billboard urging onlookers to build the socialist economy

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    Urban monk

    A monk at Beijing's Yonghe Palace Lama Temple, behind which lie high-rise apartment buildings.

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    Kids playing

    Two young boys playing in a Beijing street

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    Gugong Jinshuiqiao

    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.

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    Gugong Taihedian steps

    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.

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    Beijing plates

    A shiny new license plate marks a change in ownership for this rusty old bicycle.

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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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    Beijing University cafeteria hours

    Beijing University student studying a poster listing campus cafeteria hours.

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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 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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    Tiantan Qiniandian

    Designed in 1531 and renovated in 1751, the Hall of Prayer for a Prosperous Year is the Temple of Heaven's most famous structure. It was not, however, the site of the sacrifices to Heaven, the complex's most important ritual function.

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    Gugong Taihedian

    View of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, foremost of the three central halls in the Imperial Palace complex, from the front courtyard where officials assembled for great court audiences.