Beijing’s Ruined & Restored Walls

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For most of Beijing’s years as the capital, Beijing was a walled city.  Unlike in Xi’an where the walls were preserved, in Beijing they were mostly pulled down between 1950-1970 in the name of modernization and progress.  A small portion of them (about 1.5 km/.9 miles) have been partially restored in recent years, and Beijing built a park beside them.  It is a lovely small park and interesting to see this tiny bit of wall and imagine what Beijing was like when the walls remained.

Unfortunately, the air quality was not very good the day I visited, so photos of a large expanse of the wall were not especially attractive.  This pushed me to capture the textures of the wall in a different way, which was a good photography exercise.






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