National Geographic : 1949 Sep
Power Comes Back to Peiping © National Geographic Society Ansco Color U. S. Marine Corps, Official, by Lt. David D. Duncan Behind a Modern Chinese Girl, the Shrine to the New Year Symbolizes a Bygone Empire Like many of her Oriental sisters, the young woman has adopted Western attire-tweed jacket, sports dress, and voluminous handbag. Only the slit skirt is a concession to traditional Chinese dress. The exquisite gold-capped Temple of Heaven is a Peiping landmark. It was second only to the em peror's palaces in beauty. Known as the "Pavilion of the New Year" or "Hall of Annual Prayers," the Temple is circular to represent the dome of the heavens. The pillars holding the roof are Oregon pine, used in rebuilding after fire destroyed the original structure in 1889. Before the era of the Chinese Republic, in spring the emperor with his court, in magnificent blue robes, came to this triple-roofed, blue-tiled shrine to pray for a good harvest.