Beijing is a city of broad boulevards，now full of traffic and pulsating to the rhythms of commerce and entertainment. Museums and parks abound，including the Palace Museum of the Forbidden City and Beihai Park in the center of town. Nearby，the China Fine Arts Museum(Zhongguo meishuguan) exhibits the work of contemporary artists. China's ancient past and recent history are on view at the Museum of Chinese History and Chinese Revolution at Tian'anmen.Antiques，crafts，and books calligraply and paintings can be found at Liulichang，an old antique market district remodeled in the 1980's to reflect the style of the old city. Some of the spirit of Old Beijing is also preserved at Qianmen，south of Tian'anmen，with stores that date to the early 20th century and beyond，including the Tongrentang Traditional Medicine shop,first established in 1669. Beijing Opera performances and acrobatic troupes keep those traditional entertainment forms vital，while contemporary music clubs and discos thrive in an era of liberalization and prosperity.
Tian'anmen Square is still the center of Beijing，Chang'an Boulevard now running 38 kilometers from Shijingshan in the west to Tongzhou District in the east. The palaces and city towers along both sides have been designated cultural relics for national protection. Former imperial residences and gardens have been opened for public viewing.
New buildings like the International Post Office and Bank of China have been built along the Second Ring Road，the former line of the Inner City wall. Old living quareters and blocks of traditional Beijing-style buildings，such as Liulichang Culture Street, have been restored. Large-scale construction has been undertaken along the Third Ring Road and the Fourth Ring Road.
Future development in Beijing will continue to preserve the symmetry of the old city layout while integrating modern architectural design into the over-all plan.