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December 11, 2020

Everyday Life of Beijing in the Early 1980s Through Fascinating Photos

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s most populous capital city, within an administrative area of 16,410.5 km2. It is mostly surrounded by Hebei Province with the exception of neighboring Tianjin to the southeast; together, the three divisions form the Jingjinji megalopolis and the national capital region of China.

Beijing in the early 1980s

Beijing is a global city, and one of the world's leading centers for culture, diplomacy and politics, business and economics, education, language, and science and technology. A megacity, Beijing is the second-largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's cultural, educational, and political center.

Combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history dating back three millennia. As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political center of the country for most of the past eight centuries, and was the largest city in the world by population for much of the second millennium AD.

The city is also renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates. It has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs, Zhoukoudian, and parts of the Great Wall and the Grand Canal—all of which are tourist locations.

These fascinating photos were captured by kattebelletje that show everyday life of Beijing in 1983 and 1984.

“Children go to the streets and require adults to lead”

“Spitting is not hygienic”

“Striving towards no more than 1.2 billion people in 2000”

“Traffic safety concerns every household’s happiness"

Applying cement

Army truck. Walking from the Beijing Hotel to the Forbidden City, along the Avenue of Eternal Peace

Beijing airport parking

Beijing Hotel

Beijing street scenes

Beijing street scenes

Beijing street scenes

Beijing traffic

Beijing traffic

Beiwei street

Boats at Beihai Park

Chang'an Avenue

Child with stone lion, Beihai Park

Children, Beijing

Chiseling out a stone pillar by hand

Dusk in Beijing

Famous Lantian department store for clothes, Wangfujing

From Forbidden city to Beijing Hotel

Fruit stall selling pears

Fruit vendors near dam, probably the dam on the trip to the Ming tombs and Great Wall at Badaling

Little girl and her mother

Hard sleeper to Xi'an

Hawkers on Chang'an Avenue

Ice cream vendor

In full swing, Beihai Park

Institute for Iron and Steel

Juinensche Courant

Lantian, Wangfujing

Market stall

Near Beijing Hotel

Old lady, Beihai Park

Old man reading

One of the first fast food joints in Beijing, with some brand like Donald Duck

One of the first fast food joints in Beijing, with some brand like Donald Duck

Outside Beijing Hotel

Picking good fruit

Plastering a wall

Population control- restrain within 1.2 billion

Posing for the picture

Propaganda boards in Beijing

Proud mother with twins

Pushing the bicycle


Roundabout, Tiantan Park

Selling stuff to tourists

Sticking coins to the Echo Wall

The girl touches her hair when looking at the haircut models

The great children's seat on the bicycle

The Sacred Way of Beijing Ming Tombs

Tian'anmen and passers-by


Toy store in Beijing

Twins in a stroller

Typical cars on Chang'an Avenue

Woman at the bicyle storage

Young pioneers


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