Read the City – Exploring the Central Axis of Beijing
December 21, 2019 - December 21, 2020 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Hall O (Waterscape Garden, B1)
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Foreword


Beijing has an age-old and mysterious urban axis. Established in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), it serves the function of a"book spine", connecting the north and south of the city and forming a unique Beijing city pattern of bilateral symmetry and solemnity. Mr. Liang Sicheng has defined the central axis as one"that dominates the overall pattern of an ancient major architectural complex in China". Ancient Chinese"founded a state at the center of the world, and built the imperial palace at the center of that state". Functioning as the ridge and spirit of the ancient capital, the Central Axis of Beijing represents the values of precision, moderation, orderliness and hierarchy, as well as the faith in humans as an integral part of nature. Moreover, it reflects traditional Chinese ideology on the construction of a national capital. As the existing longest urban central axis in the world, it contains the essence of ancient architecture of Beijing, carries on the memorable moments of the Chinese civilization, has witnessed quite a few little-known stories, and left us with some unresolved historical mysteries. Now, let's set off on a journey that transcends time and space to explore the mysteries of the Central Axis of Beijing.

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