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Grand Central Axis——enjoying the broad magnificence of the Ancient Capital
  The traditional Beijing Central Axis is soul of the city pattern. A number of important landmark buildings are located along the central axis, more than half of which are in Dongcheng District, they are the Tian’anmen Square, the central heart of the country; the Forbidden City listed as the World Cultural Heritage, Di’anmen as the north gate for the forbidden inner imperial city; Houmenqiao (Back Door Bridge) with the story of Flooded Beijing as well as the Drum Tower as the end of the central axis and the time telling place of Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, so on and so forth. The Grand Central Axis of Beijing was also respected as “Dragon Lifeline” by ancient people, with world renowned glamour and magnificence. Here the 2008 Olympic torch relay were held and history is fully expressed here …