This Sunday I went to Qianmen at night-time to try to capture the environment around Qianmen and was able to get a pretty good photo of this tree. At night, the Qianmen area in Beijing is all lit up with lights and makes for a great photo opportunity. Since 1419 during the Ming Dynasty, this gate guarded direct entry into the imperial city. During the day time there’s way too many people in Qianmen but at night there’s hardly anybody in this area. Here are some photos of the Archery Tower as well.
As you can see from the photo below, Christmas in China is not quite as Christmas as it is back in the states. I think it’s just Asia in general but even in Tokyo, I never quite feel like it’s Christmas. The interesting part is that most people celebrate Christmas not to commemorate the birth of Jesus but more so to just ‘celebrate’ since “western” people do it and that’s the cool thing to do. Last time I checked, Christianity in Japan makes up a mere 1% of the total population. But since Japan absorbs almost anything from Valentines Day to this celebration of Christmas, it just seems to me to be a marketing scheme for department stores and cake shops to make more money. Also, you can’t forget that KFC is also the place to be for Christmas. Also in China, KFC is a popular destination for Christmas. But nonetheless, its not quite the Christmas feeling you would get back in the states or in Europe. Check out a photo from Beijing and another one from Japan.