During the first millennia of imperial rule, Beijing was a provincial city in northern China.
Its stature grew in the 10th to the 13th centuries when the nomadic Khitan and forest-dwelling Jurchen peoples from beyond the Great Wall expanded southward and made the city a capital of their dynasties, the Liao and Jin.
; literally: "apple") is a 2007 Chinese film directed by Li Yu and starring Tony Leung Ka-fai, Fan Bingbing, Tong Dawei, and Elaine Jin.
It had its international premiere at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival on February 16, 2007.
Archaeologists have discovered over 40 neolithic settlements and burial sites throughout the municipality.
A high proportion of them are migrant workers who travel from the countryside to big cities in search of work.When Kublai Khan made Dadu the capital of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), all of China was ruled from Beijing for the first time.From 1279 onward, with the exception of two interludes from 1368 to 14 to 1949, Beijing would remain as China's capital, serving as the seat of power for the Ming dynasty (1421–1644), the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1644–1912), the early Republic of China (1912–1928) and now the People's Republic of China (1949–present).Lost in Beijing is director Li Yu's third feature film after the lesbian-themed Fish and Elephant (2002) and the drama Dam Street (2005).Lost in Beijing was produced by Laurel Films, a small independent production company owned by Fang Li and based in Beijing, Like many films that touch on the underbelly of Chinese society (see for example, Li Yang's Blind Shaft or Blind Mountain, or Wang Xiaoshuai's Beijing Bicycle), Li Yu's tale of prostitution, blackmail, and rape in modern-day Beijing has been plagued with censorship problems.