Beijing City, 1980. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Beijing (pronounced bay-JING) is a new city with old roots and the political and administrative heart of China. Since the economic reforms of the 1980s, and propelled by the city’s hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing has taken its place as one of the twenty-first century’s great capitals.
Beijing has long been considered one of the great cities of the world. It is the capital city of the