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    169: Tiananmen, Beijing, 1972
    With its flat terrain, Beijing has always been the perfect city for bicycles. The bicycle quickly became immensely popular but far from everybody could actually afford to buy one. The bicycle remained a luxury for the common people for a long time. It was expensive in its own right, but even getting the necessary ration coupon from the work unit could take years. Visitors to Beijing in the 1970s and 1980s were amazed to see thousands of bicycles packing most of the eight lanes of Chang’an Avenue during rush hour.
    009: A business district in Beijing around 1915
    This commercial hutong boasted a hat shop and a jewelry store among many others.
    053: Tian'anmen, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, 1916
    In 1916 Yuan Shikai, reigning as Emperor Hongxian, abdicated the Dragon Throne after only 83 days as monarch, without ever having been officially crowned. During his very short reign he did however manage to have all the signs at the southern end of the Forbidden City, as well as the one on Tian’anmen Gate itself, changed from having both Manchu and Chinese script, to having only Chinese on them. Yuan Shikai died only months later and China was thrown into the hands of the warlords. 
    087: The Bell and Drum Tower seen from the frozen Qianhai Lake, 1925
    For centuries the opening and closing of the city gates in Beijing was coordinated by the sounds of the Drum and Bell Towers. Significantly different from western style clock towers, they were not used during the day. The bell would sound once at sunset, and once more at sunrise, together with the drums, marking the night curfew of Beijing. There was no such thing as a silent night. The Drum Tower would sound every second hour all through the night, and the extensive night patrol of Beijing would strike hollow bamboo pieces together in order to coordinate their beats. 
    171: Camels in front of Qianmen Railway Station, 1915-1920
    A thousand years ago camels were already a familiar sight in the town that is now Beijing. Later, in the Qing dynasty, camels plied the coal trade from the western outskirts in Mentougou. Every day, long camel caravans arrived in Beijing, the beasts tied together by their noses. But from 1906, the camels faced a challenge: the new railway between Mentougou and Xizhimen. The camels held on for a while yet. They could still be seen as pack animals in the outskirts of Beijing as late as the 1970s.
    301: Zhengyangmen 1890
    199: Gate of the famous shopping street Dashilar, 1930s
    The famous commercial street of Dashilar - meaning“big fence” -exists to this day. Shops in the street are still offering silk, medicine, pickles, knifes and cloth shoes amid hustle and bustle, just like they were hundreds of years ago. But the big fence after which Dashilar was named has long since disappeared. It is easy to forget that most  of the hutong alleyways had their own fences and manned gates that were closed off during the night whenever a routine curfew was imposed on the city to prevent fire and theft.  In the Inner City alone there were more than a thousand such gates. 
    203: The Seventeen Arch Bridge in the Summer Palace
    Across the bridge you can see 544 different stone lions carved on the marble balustrade. With the biggest arch in the middle of the bridge, visitors can count nine arches in different sizes from any direction to the middle. According to ancient thought, the number nine symbolizes good fortune and safety.
    093: Summer Palace, 1915
    029: The area around Tian’anmen, 1930s
     The low courtyard style buildings southeast and -west of the Tian’anmen housed the imperial ministries till 1911. The gate in the middle was originally called Damingmen - Grand Ming Gate - and renamed Grand Qing Gate during the Qing dynasty. After the Emperor abdicated it became the Zhonghuamen (China Gate). In the late 1950s, all of this was torn down when Chairman Mao ordered the construction of the largest square in the world: The 40 hectare (99 acres) Tiananmen Square as we know it today.
    094: Beijing 1900-1910
    When the Manchus conquered the dragon throne in 1644, they forced surrendering Han Chinese to adopt the queue as a sign of submission. The Manchu slogan was: "Keep your hair and lose your head, or keep your head and cut your hair". By 1900, the queue had become unequivocally Chinese. 
    Xisi archway or ‘pailou’, Beijing, around 1930
    The ‘pailou’ was originally a street gate. All streets in old Beijing were small enclosures erected for control and defensive purposes. However, the use and design of the gates gradually changed. Emperors started to use them to commemorate exceptional noble and respected citizens. Therefore the ‘pailou’ is often referred to as “memorial archway”.
    230: Qianmen Area 1890s
    The settlements in what is known today as the Qianmen area began with the Mongols. After Kubilai Khan occupied “Beijing”, he decided to greatly expand the city and make it the capital of his empire. Attracted by the wealth and grandeur of this new metropolis, merchants from all over the country would arrive and settle just outside the city's southern gates. In this way, an entirely new neighourhood began to develop organically.
    Train passing the Dongbianmen Watchtower around 1930
    Due to strong opposition within the Qing government, railways were not utilized in Beijing until the late 19th century. According to legend, the infamous Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) strongly resented the mere sound of locomotives. As if she sensed what tremendous change this industrious beast would bring upon China in the near future.
    135: Gate of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, 1930s
     The power of the Chinese emperor was conveyed to the Chinese public by an endless number of gates surrounding the innermost parts of the Forbidden City. Most of the gates were forever closed to the public. But during the Ming Dynasty the entrance to the Forbidden City was opened on special days and a surplus of porcelain and other imperial items would be sold off to the public. 
    170: Chang’an Avenue, Beijing, 1960s
    As Chang’an Avenue grew and widened over time, the view along it also changed. In 1958 Soviet experts in Beijing recommended that state office buildings should be constructed along the new east-west axis. Many of the so-called “ten grand construction projects” for the People’s Republic's ten year anniversary in 1959 were built along here. Among them were the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History and Revolution, the Beijing Train Station, and the Cultural Palace of Nationalities (seen here).
    192: Tobacco smokers in south China photo studio, around 1900
    Pictures of Chinese people smoking opium is a western stereotype. The popular image of dark, dingy opium dens full of dazed addicts is well known. Such opium houses were in fact mostly quite respectable venues for male sociability in which small amounts of opium were shared together 
    with tea, fruit, sweets and snacks. The majority of Chinese opium smokers used it in moderation, and it was prepared and appreciated in highly complex social rituals emphasizing restraint. Ironically, the real problems with drug addiction only started after the anti opium campaigns began in the late 19th
     and early 20th century when users turned to much more harmful drugs such as morphine, heroin and cocaine.
    107: The Bund in Shanghai, 1930s
    The word "bund" comes from the Urdu word "band" meaning an embankment, levee or dam. The Bund houses 52 buildings of various architectural styles such as Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco.
    157: The Bund, Shanghai, 1930s
    Inge Woermer of Denmark, who grew up in Shanghai in the 1930s, still remembers “The beautiful black angel” that used to stand alongside The Bund when she was a child. The statue – a memorial to the victims of the First World War – was inaugurated in 1918. It was torn down by the Japanese occupying power in 1941.
    Nanjing Lu, Shanghai, November 11th 1929
    Formerly known as Park Lane, Nanjing Lu had already become Shanghai’s main commercial street by the time it was formally renamed in 1862.  It was near the Nanjing Lu Post Office (on the right side of the picture) that the May 30th incident took place in 1925: Sikh and Chinese members of the municipal police were ordered to open fire on Chinese demonstrators. A number of young Chinese were killed, precipitating the nationwide anti-imperialist May Thirtieth Movement.
    139: Zhengyangmen gate and pailou, 1934
    The first electric tram routes were laid out in late 1924 and they heralded a modern new era when they first arrived. “Dangdangche” as they were known because of the sound coming from the bell hanging in front of the tram, rolled along Beijing's streets for 42 years before they became an obstacle to traffic and capitulated to the influx of buses and bicycles.
    120: Badaling Great Wall, Beijing, 1933
     The Great Wall of China, which stretches across the mountains north of Beijing, used to defend against Mongolian incursions from the steppes. Today, as part of the surrounding mountains, it shields the city against both the dust storms in Spring and snow in Winter.  
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