The World: Peking: City of Power

CHINA'S capital (pop. 7,000,000) was already an ancient city when Genghis Khan's hordes descended upon it in 1211. Its chief industry, now as in the past, is the struggle for and exercise of power. The gardens and yellow-roofed pavilions of the fabled Forbidden City recall the might of Peking's earlier proprietors, the Mings and the Chings. The Communists have added their own monuments: tree-lined boulevards, the hundred-acre Tienanmen Square and the white-pillared Great Hall of the People, where the Nixons will likely be welcomed in a banquet room that seats 5,000 and rivals...

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