Photo of the Day 12 December 2008

Red Beads, Beijing, China, 2006
Photograph by Jodi Cobb
A red-beaded curtain screens discogoers mingling near colorful lights at a club in Beijing, China. While Beijing boasts many modern venues, including pulsing nightclubs and bustling shopping centers, history still plays a central role in urban life. In places such as the Forbidden City, Beijing’s 2,000-year-plus reign as the imperial capital remains on prominent display to tourists and residents alike.