Fascinated by Beijing's history, photographer Simon Song set out on a mission last year to teach his fellow citizens a history lesson.. albeit an aesthetically pleasing one.
Beijing's old city gates, which have existed since the 15th century, used to guard the city against invaders coming from around the country. But after the fall of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Chinese Republic in 1911, officials stopped maintaining the defense mechanisms. Gradually, authorities demolished the walls one by one, and many of them have now been replaced with new roads, buildings and subway stations, the outlet added.
Song, who works for the South China Morning Post, superimposed images of Beijing's old city gates onto those of the modern-day skyline to show where the monuments would have been had they not been demolished. He took the photos over three days last December and used the iPhone app Hipstamatic to create the final products.
"I want to show the beauty of the old Chinese architectures, and show readers that if these old city gates were still there, Beijing would look more beautiful," the photographer said.
Take a look at the images below.