Posts tagged “Photography

[Photo] Chinese Longevity

I really enjoy walking around Lama Temple on the weekends. Here, you can  see so many things that make you feel like you are in China. Since I spend most of my time in the central business district, it’s really nice to get out and walk around the hutong. I found these peach-looking objects with a chinese character on it. This character 寿means longevity in Chinese and you can find this character all over China within people’s houses. We can all agree that a long, healthy, prosperous life is one of the most admirable and highest goals of humanity and especially in China longevity is something that is valued highly. The peach is not only a symbol of longevity but it comes from an ancient story of the fruit that enables immortality which this peach of immortality can only be planted every 3000 years.


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[Photo] Flying

Photo taken at a park by Narita Airport in Japan during my 10hour lay over back to Beijing


[Photos] Dongzhimen meets Xizhimen

I feel like Beijing is so large that every area of this city has its own vibe. On the north east and north west corners of the second ring road is the major transportation hub to the outskirts of Beijing: Xizhimen and Dongzhimen. For every one of these areas in Beijing I feel that there is a building that represents the areas. For Dongzhimen I feel that the China Petro Headquarters building stands out and for Xizhimen, the Xihuan Square building definitely stands out.

Xihuan Square in Xizhimen at night.

CNPC Headquarters in Dongzhimen at night.

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[Beijing Nightlife] Amilal

This is easily one of my favorite bars in Beijing that a friend of mine introduced me to on my very first month here in Beijing. Amilal is a tucked away hutong bar near Nanluoguxiang and provides a quiet environment where you can just enjoy a drink over some good conversation with your friends. I recommend it to anyone who wants a chill night and want to feel like a Beijing hipster.

White wine at Amilal 30rmb

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[Photo] The Battle

Here’s a photo I took on the boat of a fishing chair that is used to reel in the fish. Primarily used for larger size fish, at times a quiet chair but also a place where the battle between man and fish occurs.


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[Photo] Hot Pot in Gui Jie

It’s getting really cold in Beijing and the best way to stay warm is to get some hot pot. Here is a photo from my most recent hot pot experience in Gui Jie. Pretty much, the idea is to dump all the meat, vegetables, noodles, and dumplings into the pot and just keep eating. Also known as Ghost Street, Gui Jie is home to over 200 Chinese style restaurants that are open 24 hours.

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[Photos] 2nd Ring Road at Dongzhimen

Notoriously known for its traffic jams, the 2nd ring road is one of the major roads in Beijing connecting transportation hubs around the city. To the North East is Dongzhimen and to the North West is Xizhimen. Even with never-ending congestion, I really like night photos of cars moving by during night-time rush hours.

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[Beijing Lifestyle] The Scariest thing on the road in Beijing: Audi A6

Today’s post might be found as being random but I really need to get this out to everyone. Every day I get up and go to work like most people do here in Beijing. I walk about 5 minutes from my apartment to the subway station and take the subway for about 2 stops where I get off. From this subway stop I walk about 10 minutes listening to music on my ipod and sometimes I forget that I am indeed in China where pedestrians never get the right of the way. Even when the light is green one must make sure there are no cars coming. I Look left, then right and then look left and right again just to be sure. In China, there’s a common feeling the driving is power and has authority on the road. One can see cars parked in sidewalks and parked in the most inconvenient places. Within the hierarchy of automobiles in Beijing, I personally have noticed that there are way more Audi’s than a Mercedes or a BMW. I was told that driving a Audi A6 is a way Chinese people show off their status as only government officials in China back in the days could ride them. Even more, I have noticed that the nature of the driving attitude in China is bad as it is, but Audi A6 drivers are easily the worst. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Audi’s and all but with the driving attitude and the numerous number of, let me add another description, a Black Audi A6’s, this vehicle has really been one of my biggest enemies and frightening thing on the streets. So everyone in Beijing, beware of Audi A6. In Beijing, even commuting to work is a survival game.

Beijing Central Business District in the pollution. There is no Audi A6 in sight but you never know when it will pop out at you.

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[Photo] Lost in the World

As I have noted throughout this week, the air quality in Beijing has been poor the past couple days. The AQI usually is high during the morning rush hour period and then it cools down during noon and the AQI kicks backup again around 4pm. But what happens when pollution and working late night happens? This happens:

Photo taken at Guomao Central Business District at 1am.

I have been snapping photos around Beijing all week of this pollution so stay tuned for a photo essay from this entire week. Oh, by the way the Track “Lost in the World” by Kanye West has been on repeat for me all week.

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[Air Quality] Today at 3pm vs Two weeks ago at 3pm

Every morning when I wake up in Beijing, the very first thing I do is to open the blinds to see how the air quality is outside. Two seconds later I’m either in an extremely good mood or I close the blinds immediately and fall back to sleep for a couple more minutes or so. On a lucky week, Beijing does get its share of blue sky’s but when its really polluted, I can’t walk outside without a mask.  The Air Quality Index does a pretty good job measuring the air quality in Beijing as I have noted in my previous post. For reference, Air Quality Index (AQI) of 470 on a scale of 500 looks like this:

On the other hand,  two weeks ago at the same time at a AQI of 100 looked like this:

As you can see, it’s quite a difference. The lesson here is to be thankful when you have a blue sky and don’t take it for granted. I think these visual comparisons make it easy to understand and I’ll be coming up with more comparisons in the future.

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