Old China Pictures - Beijing in the 80'sThese are some Old China Pictures taken during our first trips to China back in the 1980's. A lot of bicycles, the all-too-common gray Mao suits, crowds everywhere... A lot has changed to say the least, but some things have managed to stay the same... the Great Wall as magnificent as ever, the dynamism that never stops... Enjoy!
The Temple of Heaven
Not much has changed here, the beautiful structures are being well-preserved, here's more on the Temple of Heaven, its interior and how it was built.
The Mao Portrait at the center of the Square still remains, the portraits of Lenin and Stalin by the Great Hall of the People are no longer there, the square is "pedestrian only", not a parking lot for buses and great to fly kites now!
The Great Wall at Badaling
The Great Wall at Badaling was the first one to open for tourism but there were still some parts that had not been re-built. Today, it is easily accesible via de Badaling Freeway, there are cable cars to bring you up and even a "toboggan/roller-coaster" to carry you down. The wall has been fully restored, here are some more recent pictures of the Badaling Great Wall.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City remains well-preserved but entrance to some of the temples and access to the relics is no longer possible. We were lucky to be able to see some of them back then.
The Summer Palace
The Beijing ZooThis is one place that thankfully has changed a lot for the better. Back then, the state of some of the facilities and the animals was very sad.
Here's a look at the Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo now.
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