Beijing 1960s / Old Inner City Wall
Old Inner City Wall of Beijing was demolished by the mid-1960s as the Communist Party was desperate to dismantle the old Beijing and bring in new elements. 50 years ago Beijing was the world’s well preserved ancient city and was the excellent example of Chinese architecture and urban planning. The 4 layers of urban fabrics –outer city, inner city, imperial city and forbidden city were the splendid conclusion drawn by the 2 dynasties across 800 years. However this old Beijing no longer exists. What we can see nowadays are the smog, the grey sky, the congestion and the weird combinations of genres of buildings here and there without a planning. Maybe it’s a tradition for Chinese people–when they put on a new era, they pull down the castellated walls from previous. The same thing had happened to Xian 1000 years ago. However this time, the Party didn’t do it solely for honouring the new era, but also to follow footsteps from another Communist country USSR, so as to develop the country the ‘dream way’ they wanted.