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Colors and Lines, Beijing Hilton Style

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A couple of images from the archives – I have liked them since I made them but just have not had the chance to properly process the files. I shot these at the Hilton Beijing (the Third Ring Road location, near Sanlitun) last year. It was my last morning there. Had an hour to kill so I wandered around the common areas and found some nice themes and lines.

Photog Notes
These images are pretty much straight out of the camera. The one care that I took in making these shots was to line up the horizontals and verticals so that I could use as much of each frame as possible (i.e., with minimal cropping). Even with doing so, one tweak that I had to make in processing was to compensate for the converging lines due to lens barrel distortion. A modest cost of modern zoom lens technology.

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December 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

Beijing at Night

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These are a couple images that I made while wandering around the Sanlitun area in Beijing. The first is of one of the famous ring roads (3rd, in this case). I shot this on the third night of National Day Golden Week, so traffic was fairly light, allowing me capture the Chinese characters (出口 – exit) in the roadway.

Third Ring Road 三环路


This second image is of the Yashow Clothing Market. A haggler’s paradise, this is where you can get everything from knockoff Guccis to infamous Red Army hats to jade amulets. Sanlitun is the nightlife and embassy district so even though it was Golden Week, the place was hopping.

Yashow Clothing Market 雅秀服装市场

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December 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

The Forbidden City

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It was sprinkling the morning that we were to visit the Forbidden City, and the forecast was not encouraging. But because this was my last day in Beijing, we went anyway, arriving to sparser than normal crowds (thank you, rain!). We got our tickets and made our way in. After a few minutes, guess what? It stopped raining!

This pic represents my fascination with the imperial doors, officially known as “gates”. Massive wood structures held together with, and protected by, giant nail heads, each door holds exactly 81 nails – 9 across and 9 down. The number 9, as I was to find out, had a magical significance. In ancient Chinese numerology, odd numbers were regarded as masculine and even numbers as feminine. Nine, the largest single-digit number, was seen as a representation of the Ultimate Masculine and was therefore symbolic of the supreme sovereignty of the emperor.


Old Water Spout at The Forbidden City

A crusty old water spout stands out amidst a row of cleaner reproduction units.


Another thing that fascinated me were the giant imperial lions that stood watch at each gate. The more important the building, the larger and more ferocious the beast, it seemed.


The Sea of Flagstones

While wandering the fringes of the palace buildings looking for the collection of classic art (thanks, Tien Hui, for the heads up!), I spied this young couple, chilling and watching the crowds go by. Before them is the Sea of Flagstones – the main courtyard where large gatherings and ceremonies – up to 100,000 subjects strong – were held. Five h-u-n-d-r-e-d years of history. Wow.


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October 9, 2010 at 12:48 am

長城 (The Great Wall)

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I guess that no first trip to Beijing would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall. It was a nice autumn day as we left Beijing. When we got to about half way, it started to sprinkle. By the time we got to Badaling (八达岭), it was pouring. We got ponchos from the enterprising vendors at the gate, tromped around a bit at the top, then decided to pack it in. Terrible weather? Yes. But also fortuitous as it allowed me to make this exposure with the rain and mist billowing across the wall. Many thanks to Lu Tao for driving us around, and for seeing to our other activities!

Darkness and Light

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I shot these a couple of nights ago in Sanlitun (三里屯), currently one of the hottest food-bar-shopping areas in Beijing. These images are dedicated to bro Chris and pal Cal, who have been with me through darkness and light.

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October 6, 2010 at 6:58 am

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Outside the Forbidden City

I’m back from 2 awesome weeks in China. Hung out and traveled with family and friends. Saw lots, did lots, and learned lots. What an exciting place. It is a nation hurtling headlong into the next century; it is a magical place steeped in centuries of tradition. They say that you can spend a lifetime exploring China. When do the next steps begin?

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October 5, 2010 at 1:35 am

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