Beijing has several millennia of human history. It has been a city
of regional importance for many centuries, first becoming the
Chinese imperial capital in 1267. The city has been known by
various names through the ages, reflecting a turbulent history of
change. As the political and cultural heart of modern China,
Beijing has grown dramatically since the Communist revolution of
1949. Beijing Then and Now shows how that dramatic modernization
has affected the city and how, despite all the new building and
modern infrastructure, some of the great historic sites have been
preserved and maintained. Sites include: Deshengmen Arrow Tower,
Qianmen Arrow Tower, Qianmen Gate, Entrance to the Imperial City,
Mao's Mausoleum, Tiananmen Gate, Duanmen Gate, Entrance to the
Forbidden City, Wumen Gate, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Jingshan,
Beihai Park, the White Dagoba, Imperial Canal, Drum Tower, Beihai
Lake, Bell Tower, Temple of Confucius, Hall of Classics, Imperial
Observatory, Qianmen Boulevard, Hall of Prayer, Altar of Heaven,
British Legation, Dong Tang, Marble Boat, Jade Belt Bridge, Ming
Tombs, Spirit Road and the Great Wall of China.
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