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History
  Dongcheng District has long history as a geographic concept, of more than 700 years. Hamlets appeared during the Liao and Jin dynasties. In Jin Dynasty it is the northeast of Zhongdu. The approximate range of present Beijing Dongcheng District has been demarcated since Kublai Khan had established Yuan Dynasty and rebuilt the capital, Dadu City. The capital was set in Beijing in the 19th year of Yongle in the Ming Dynasty (1421) and Dongcheng District had 15 lanes. In the Qing Dynasty, it belonged to Daxing County. Four troops, i.e. Flag of inlayed yellow, flag of pure white, flag of inlayed white and flag of pure blue, were stationed there. Imperial palace of Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties were all built in the Dongcheng District. In Republic of China, the present Dongcheng District was the Inner one and Inner three districts. After the founding of PR. China, Dongdan and Dongsi districts were set up in 1952. In 1958, Dongdan and Dongsi districts were combined together and changed its name as Dongcheng District. Dongcheng District has been an important component of countrywide political, economic and cultural activities, leaving a deep imprinting in the history of China.