The Central Axis of Beijing provides a convenient way to discover different aspects of this multifaceted city. The Temple of Heaven is a symbol of feudal imperial ideology and its profound ritual culture. (Photos: China Daily)
Fourteen historical sites along the axis, including Qianmen, the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, the Drum and Bell Towers, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Monument to the People's Heroes and Tiananmen Square have been identified as key heritage sites. This is National Centre for the Performing Arts.
An application is to be made for World Heritage status in 2035, according to the municipal administration of cultural heritage. This is ice activities in Beihai Park.
The Palace Museum at the center of the Central Axis.