Beijing West Train Station designed by Liang Sicheng and critiqued by the Party and the people © 2011 KimS

In 1953 the Communist Party launched First Five-Year Plan to promote economy construction through all aspects. Architecturally the Party set “utility, economy and, if possible, beauty” as their fundamental principles. In short, any building has to be useful yet economical and …

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Soviet-style Military Museum in Beijing © 2014, MyChinaTours

When the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949, Mao was in a hurry to re-build a country and Beijing was his first target to practice his ideologies in communist city planning. A lots of architects from the USSR …

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