A black-and-white photograph: panoramic view of the city gate on the inner wall that separated the Forbidden City (Gugong 故宫 or Zijincheng 紫禁城) from the Inner City (Neicheng 内城). The gate is called Donghua (Donghuamen 東華門). In front of the gate, we see a scaffold made of bamboo scaffolding for masonry work. People walk along the path that leads through the gate, some pulling carts.
The photograph is the 273rd of 449 photographs of Beijing and its surroundings in the album of Ivan Skušek Jr., purchased during his stay in Beijing (1914–1920). In the handwritten inventory of the album, the photograph is referred to as Süd-Zugang der Verb. Stadt (dem Verkher freigegeben). (DZ, MV)