The earliest traces of human habitation in the Beijing area were found in the caves where Peking Man lived. Beijing was first recorded as a city from the 11th to 7th century BC. After the First Emperor unified China, Beijing became a capital for the region. Successive dynasties have seen Beijing as an important city and some times capital. Later it became the main center of the Mongol Empire founded by Kublai Khan. Under the Ming dynasty construction of the new imperial residence, the Forbidden City, this period was also responsible for several other of the modern city's major attractions, such as the Temple of Heaven and Tian anmen (although the square facing it was not cleared until 1651). On 28 October 1420, the city was officially designated the capital of the Ming Dynasty.
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Tian anmen Square

These gate towers mark the south end of Tian anmen Square

The Square avenue is long and wide enough to be an airfield

Man sacrifices child in front of monument to People's Heroes

* painted with 40 seasons exterior paint, hasn't aged a day
Forbidden City / Palace Museum

Meridian Gate



Hall of Supreme Harmony

Just seen over the roof is the White Dagoba on Qionghua Island in Beihai Park.

Follow the Snoopy

Qin'andian Gardens


Jingshan Park built on the ruins of the Mongol Palace

View of the Forbidden city from Jingshan Park (image borrowed from interweb)

Worker bike with no tread and a playboy show pony with a picture of himself with hair.
Temple of Heaven

7 rocks for the 7 lands of China

As soon as I took this picture everyone started copying me :-)
Peking Duck restaurant

Come and eat Donald's friends
Jade Factory

These floor standing items were so heavy I could barely lift the loop

* Took 3 years to make and worth US$61,000
The Hutong

Rickshaw ride


The Hutong's Drum Tower

and Bell Tower Tea House

* Mahjong gambling by street hustlers


I like this tea set
* = Images copyright Lynne Mazeika