peking / beijing
 
around Tiananmen Square
005- The Forbidden City  006- Tiananmen Square 007- Tiananmen (The Gate of Heavenly Peace)
008- Great Hall of the People (National Legislature) 009- National Museum of China 010- Monument to the People's Heroes
   
011- Mausoleum of Mao Zedong    
     
Buildings, monuments, and landmarks
012- The Summer Palace 013- Ruins of the Old Summer Palace 014- Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian
015- The Ming Dynasty Tombs 016- Bell Tower and Drum Tower 017- Historic Hutongs and Siheyuans
018- Lugou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge) 019- Prince Gong Mansion (Gong Wang Fu) 020- Zheng Yici Peking Opera Theatre
021- Liulichang Culture Street 022- Beijing Ancient Observatory 059- Beijing International Airport
     
Temples, cathedrals, and mosques
 
023- Temple of Heaven 024- Temple of Earth 025- Temple of Sun
   
026- Temple of Moon 027- Tanzhe Temple 028- Jietai Temple
029- Yunju Temple 030- Yonghegong (Lama Temple) 031- Guangji Temple
032- Confucius Temple 033- Great Bell Temple 034- Five Pagoda Temple
 
035- Temple of Azure Clouds 036- Temple of Recumbent Buddha 037- White Dagoba Temple
   
038- Badachu 039- Immaculate Conception Cathedral 040- Holy Saviour Church
 
041- Niujie Mosque 042- White Cloud Temple  
     
Parks and gardens
057- Beihai Park 043- Shichahai 044- Jingshan Park
045- The Fragrant Hills (Xiangshan) 046- The Grandview Garden 047- Beijing Botanical Garden
 
048- Taoranting Park 049- Beijing Zoo  
     
Shopping and commercial districts
 
050- Wangfujing 051- Xidan 052- Silk Street
053- Beijing CBD 054- Beijing Financial Street 055- Zhongguancun
   
056- Yizhuang 058- Orange County  
Sections of the Great Wall at:
001- Badaling 002- Juyongguan 003- Mutianyu
   
004- Simatai    
     
 
Three styles of architecture predominate in urban Beijing. First, the traditional architecture of imperial China, perhaps best exemplified by the massive Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace), which remains the PRC's trademark edifice, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Next there is what is sometimes referred to as the "Sino-Sov" style, built between the 1950s and the 1970s, which tend to be boxy, bland, and poorly made. Finally, there are much more modern architectural forms — most noticeably in the area of the Beijing CBD. Pictured above are some images of Beijing architecture — blending the old and the new.

A bizarre and striking mixture of both old and new styles of architecture can be seen at the 798 Art Zone, which mixes 1950s-design with a blend of the new. The influence of American urban form and social values in manifest in the creation of Orange County, China, a suburban development about one hour north of the city.
www.essential-architecture.com    the architecture you must see