Beijing central axis is an ancient line that marked key routes through the capital and divided the city. Beijing's cultural heritage authorities have been pushing hard to get the city's central axis recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Beijing's central axis, which passes through a myriad of ancient buildings and traditional Hutongs, is one of the two items in Beijing to be listed as a candidate. The other is Beijing's section of the Grand Canal. The axis links Yong Ding Gate, the south end of ancient Beijing, to the Bell and Drum Tower, the north end of the ancient capital.