It is the invisible north-south line around which the ancient city of Beijing is formed. The Central Axis is a key part of Beijing’s history.
If you’re not clear what the Central Axis is, here is a brief history.
The story begins in the mid-13th century during the Yuan Dynasty when Beijing was known as Dadu. The original axis was based around the water system used to transport grain to the city. Those who conceptualized the axis wanted to “realize the ideal city plan in traditional Chinese culture.”
Later in the Ming and Qing dynasties from 14th to the early 20th century, the axis came to include many historical sites which nowadays form well-known tourist spots.
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