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even more beijing

Some more mixed Beijing pictures. The first six were taken around a big shopping street – called Wang Fujing – with all the shops with big names in the world. The pictures themselves were not taken at the Wang Fujing, however, but in smaller streets around it. These pictures show like everyday life (or every evening life) with little shops selling mostly food at their window.

The seventh one is my favourite of all my Beijing pictures. We were having dinner in this restaurant when I saw these four cooks sitting in a room in front of the kitchen. I took my camera and approached them, and with some mime – I don’t speak Chinese, and they didn’t speak English – they agreed to me taking this picture. Unfortunately, lighting conditions were not so good, but I like the picture very much anyhow. The next two pictures I took while walking the streets. The Mahjonghh players I saw through an open window, and I immediately pointed my camera at them. They never even noticed someone taking a picture. Also on the streets we found a couple of chess players, not too far from the Temple of Heaven.

beijing

Here are some photos from Beijing with a mixed character. Obviously, the first four are taken at the Tian’anmen square (Square of Heavenly Peace). The next five are taken close to the famous olympic stadium, a.k.a. the bird’s nest, from the olympic games in 2008. The next pictures shows the Temple of Heaven. The last five pictures are obviously taken on the great Chinese wall. We went to the great wall at Mutianyu.

beijing – hutongs

Beijing has a number of old neighbourhoods that have survived the big demolishing powers. We walked through the hutongs for a loooong time. Here are some of the pictures that resulted from this visit.

beijing – forbidden city

From September 19 to 26, 2010, I visited Beijing, China, for a conference. Before the conference started, we had two days to look around in the city. Almost straight from the 8 hour flight, only after dropping our baggage at the hotel, colleagues from Rotterdam and I went to visit the forbidden city. Luckily, we were still alive, as the taxi driver who brought us from the airport to the hotel fell asleep behind the wheel three times. We almost grabbed the wheel ourselves, as we feared waking him up might have caused him to make sudden and strange moves, possibly causing accidents. Luckily he woke up every time just before something went horribly wrong.