This is a tale of two cities. One is ancient, with thousands of years of tradition, home to more than 20 million people—Beijing, Capital of the People’s Republic of China. One is barely one hundred years old, a planned city, home to less than half a million people—Canberra, the capital of Australia. Beneath the surface of these cities, how do people live and work? What are the differences, what are the similarities, what are the stories? Two photographers sent on assignment, Yu Haibo from Beijing sent to explore Canberra and Lee Grant from Canberra sent to discover Beijing. This is a story of the people they met, the things they saw, their impressions, and their photographs—that tells a tale of two cities.