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Notes on the Geography of China: The Grand Axis of Imperial Beijing: Photo 24

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The Heavenly Purity Gate (Qianqingmen), leading to the Inner Court. The wall was added in the 20th century, when the leaders of republican China wanted to confine the deposed emperor to his private quarters and deny him access to the great audience halls. (No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: it is indeed a Starbucks. Offending Chinese pride, the store was asked to leave in 2007. Ambitious to open more stores in China, the company made no fuss and left.)

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