City Layout

Beijing is bordered to the north and west by mountains, the closest of which are occasionally visible through the haze. The city center, known to foreigners in the Qing period (1644-1911) as the Tartar City, was originally surrounded by a complex of walls and gates destroyed in 1958 to make way for the Second Ring Road (Er Huan). The city center is organized along a grid with major streets running to the compass points. The Third, Fourth, and Fifth ring roads (San Huan, Si Huan, and Wu Huan, respectively) run concentrically ever wider out. At the center of all this is the seldom-referred-to First Ring Road (encircling Tian'an Men Sq.) and the Forbidden City, its own internal grid a miniature of the sprawl that surrounds it.

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