In 1970, the old Tian'anmen Rostrum was demolished to eliminate safety hazards accumulated over centuries. A new building was constructed according to its original size and form. It was the largest renovation of the Tian'anmen Rostrum after the founding of the People's Republic of China. The photo shows the rebuilt Tian'anmen Rostrum on May 1, 1970. (PHOTO / PEOPLE'S DAILY)
The renovation project of the Tian'anmen Rostrum, a landmark building in the center of Beijing, has been approved by the State Administration of Culture Heritage and will begin on June 15.
As a brick and wood structure, the Tian'anmen Rostrum has been revamped or rebuilt many times during its history, stretching over six centuries. Here are some major renovations of the famous structure in the era of the People's Republic of China.
The Tian'anmen Rostrum was renovated from Feb 8 to April 30, 2003, to replace floor tiles and enhance its waterproof capacity. (PHOTO / PEOPLE'S DAILY)
In 2009, the Tian'anmen Rostrum was renovated to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. The renovation saw beams, pillars, roofs and other parts repainted to give the iconic building a brand-new look. (PHOTO / VCG)
The annual routine renovation project is underway at the Tian'anmen Rostrum prior to National Day in 2011. (PHOTO / VCG)
The Tian'anmen Rostrum is given a facelift ahead of National Day in 2012 and the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. (PHOTO / VCG)
The Tian'anmen Rostrum is restored using traditional craft techniques in 2013. (PHOTO / VCG)
Workers clean and repaint the viewing stand at the Tian'anmen Rostrum, Aug 21, 2013. (PHOTO / VCG)
Scaffolding and fences were erected in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum for repainting prior to celebrating the 70th anniversary of the victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, July 12, 2015. (PHOTO / VCG)