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The Hidden Wonders of Beijing

The city is filled with art, if you know where to look.


Today, China announced that the public will help choose the art designs for 39 new subway stations. The public will be invited to give its opinion on the sculptures, paintings and murals currently under consideration. The pieces were created by teachers at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. But those dissatisfied with the current crop can propose their own alternatives.

As Global Times explains:

Many of the submitted designs reflect the style of the above-ground areas, said Yu. For example, as Chegongzhuang Station on Line 6, Xicheng district, is near Meilanfang Theater, a suggested design incorporates figures from Peking Opera in the mural. 

He Wei, a teacher in the school of architecture of CAFA, said that compared with Western countries, public art in subway stations in China is still a new thing. "But it is progressing," he said.

But even now, public art is all around the city. Below, pictures of art among the city streets.

Bystanders watch a woman as she steps out of a human-shaped cavity in a wall at an art district in Beijing. (David Gray/Reuters)

A young girl rides her bicycle towards a wall adorned with a mural as other visitors walk nearby in Ritan Park, or Temple of the Sun, located in central Beijing. (David Gray/Reuters)

Paramilitary policemen hold confetti launchers in front of a row of red lanterns during a show celebrating Chinese New Year at Lianhuachi Temple Fair in Beijing. (David Gray/Reuters)

A woman performs an Indian dance during a morning exercise session at a park in Beijing. (Grace Liang/Reuters)

A boy takes photos in front of a 32-ft. Transformer-style statue constructed from recycled material, at the Green Dream Park near the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The theme park features exhibits constructed out of recycled materials, and promotes environmental protection through sustainable lifestyles. (Grace Liang/Reuters)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.