The Three Milestones in the City Construction of Beijing
HOU Ren zhi (Beijing University,Beijing 100871,China)
There are three milestones in the city construction of Beijing, all of which are closely related with the original axis stretching from north to south. The Forbidden City, standing on this axis,and once the representation of imperial power, is the first milestone. The second milestone stands in front of, or south to, the Forbidden City, now called the Imperial Palace Museum, it was once the royal plaza in the imperial period. It has become the city plaza with both traditional and modern buildings relieving against each other in harmony. The third milestone is directly the result of the site choice for the Olympic Center, which causes the axis to stretch epochally from south to north, changing the traditional trend from north to south. According to “the Overal City Plan of Beijing from 1991 to 2010", this axis will end at the buildings to the north of the Olympic Center and the greenbelt on each side of the axis will add new look to the city.