This 1940 photograph of two young women posing near the center of the Temple of Heaven would have been impossible to take only one year later. Inundated with refugees from the north, Beijing faced a dire shortage of food, and the Temple of Heaven was converted to farmland.
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Two young women pose beneath a parasol on bright summer day in 1940. Behind them stands the triple-gabled Qiniandian, which marks the center of the Temple of Heaven. This picture would have been impossible only one year after it was snapped. Inundated with refugees from the north, Beijing faced a dire shortage of food, and the Temple of Heaven was converted to farmland.
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Beijing Past and Present: Left, The Great Hall of the People, 1959 and 2008. Right, the Oriental Plaza in 1992 and again in 2008.