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History of city Beijing (Peking), China in photos

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Geography: Beijing, alternatively romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China. It is the world's most populous national capital city, with over 21 million residents. It is located in Northern China.

Beijing is a global city, and one of the world's leading centers for culture, diplomacy and politics, business and economics, education, language, and science and technology. A megacity, Beijing is the second-largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's cultural, educational, and political center.

The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates. It has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, and parts of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal—all of which are popular tourist locations.

Date of foundation: 1045 BC (Zhou Dynasty)

Population: 21 542 000

Beijing. American Legation, circa 1900
American Legation, circa 1900
Beijing. Arch in front of Zhèng Yáng Mén Gate, circa 1945
Arch in front of Zhèng Yáng Mén Gate, circa 1945
Beijing. Arch in front of Zhèng Yáng Mén Gate, circa 1945
Arch in front of Zhèng Yáng Mén Gate, circa 1945
Beijing. Billboards on the wall of Peking, circa 1900
Billboards on the wall of Peking, circa 1900
Beijing. Bird's-eye-view of the celebrated wall at Peking, circa 1900
Bird's-eye-view of the celebrated wall at Peking, circa 1900
Beijing. British Legation from the top of the Water gate, 1901
British Legation from the top of the Water gate, 1901
Beijing. Panorama of the city street, circa 1925
Panorama of the city street, circa 1925
Beijing. Chien Mein Gate, Outside, 1931
Chien Mein Gate, Outside, 1931
Beijing. Chien Men Street, circa 1900
Chien Men Street, circa 1900
Beijing. Chien Men Street, circa 1925
Chien Men Street with carved pailon overhead, looking in direction of Chien Men Gate, circa 1925
Beijing. Chinese children at play (blind man's bluff), 1924
Chinese children at play (blind man's bluff), 1924
Beijing. Chinese school children and teacher at the American Board of Missions, circa 1925
Chinese school children and teacher at the American Board of Missions, circa 1925
Beijing. Crossroad in Xidan area, 1953
Crossroad in Xidan area, 1953
Beijing. Curious column and Ching-men (Great Bright) Gate between gates of Imperial and Forbidden cities, 1901
Curious column and Ching-men (Great Bright) Gate between gates of Imperial and Forbidden cities, 1901
Beijing. Gate of Lama temple, circa 1890
Gate of Lama temple, circa 1890
Beijing. Hata-men Gate, between 1890 and 1923
Hata-men Gate, between 1890 and 1923
Beijing. Imperial Gate of the Imperial City, looking north, circa 1900
Imperial Gate of the Imperial City, looking north, circa 1900
Beijing. Legation guard on wall of Peking, between 1915 and 1925
Legation guard on wall of Peking, between 1915 and 1925
Beijing. Legation quarter, British, Russian (on left), Japanese (on right), circa 1890
Legation quarter, British, Russian (on left), Japanese (on right), circa 1890
Beijing. Marble bridge in Imperial City, circa 1900
Marble bridge in Imperial City, circa 1900
Beijing. Northeast corner tower, circa 1895
Northeast corner tower, circa 1895
Beijing. Pai-lou across a main street, circa 1890
Pai-lou across a main street, circa 1890
Beijing. Central Railway Station, 1935
Central Railway Station, 1935
Beijing. Railway station, 1931
Railway station, 1931


Photos posted on the website in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886, the term of protection which is fifty years after the author's death.

After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.


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