Exhibitions
   
 
Exploring Beijing’s City Walls and Moats in History
Date: October 28th, 2015 – February 28th, 2016
Time: 9:00 – 17:00 (close on Mondays)
Venue: Hall O, B1
Exploring Beijing’s City Walls and Moats in History

 

II. City Walls and Moats of Beijing

Liang Sicheng, a famous Chinese architect, once said that Beijing city was a perfect work. The high wall and tall towers show the brilliant achievements and wisdom of the Chinese people. Why did he say that? Let’s explore it.

     
 
Beijing bay    View of Zhengyangmen gate before remolding in 1915
     
 
Layout of Dadu in Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368)   Beijing map in 1750
     
 
Construction procedure of Beijing in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)   The tools and method of ramming city wall
     
 
Moat of inner city of Beijing in early 1920s   Line drawing of Xizhimen gate
     
 
Cutting ice cubes in the moat in winter   Snow-covered landscape around Xizhimen gate in 1930s