The central axis, backbone of Beijing

China Daily | Updated: 2021-08-14 10:10
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In Yongdingmen Park, several seniors learn the harmonica, Sept 13, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jie/For China Daily]

On the central axis, there is also a place at the entrance of the Botanical Garden for residents to relax. In fact, back in the 1960s, there was a large peach orchard here. The children in the courtyard often tried to curry favor with Uncle Hao, who was in charge of the orchard, for a few peaches. But when this method didn't work, we took matters into our own hands and sneaked through the surrounding barbed wire to steal peaches. Hao would pretend to chase us but always let us off. Later, the peach trees were too old to bear fruit, so they were felled to build several buildings. This Botanical Garden was built on a small area that had been reserved. Peach grove has long gone, but the memory remains ever deeply lodged in my mind.

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