Beijing Water

When I was looking for a theme for today’s post, it was supposed to be a general “water” theme.  After opening up the folder for China and beginning to browse through the 1,300+ pictures for Beijing alone we have narrowed down the theme to pictures involving water in Beijing only.  Even then there were over 30 pictures that made it through the initial selection process and whittling them down to the final eight was a challenge.

I have been to China many times, mostly for work.  In 2003 a friend called and suggested a trip to Beijing over the Christmas and New Year break.  He was feeling a little jaded with the tackiness of Christmas in the UK and wanted to be somewhere that didn’t really celebrate.  We decided that the city would be the ideal place to avoid everything and accordingly made plans.

What we hadn’t realised, or more correctly hadn’t researched effectively, was just how cold Beijing gets in the winter.  Wandering through the parks, gardens and palaces became a bit of a chore at times as the temperatures hovered around -10C or thereabouts.  Until I did a winter trip to Chicago and Madison a couple of years later, I don’t think I had been so consistently cold in my life.

One thing that did come out of this all was the slightly strange reddish light of the late afternoons and early evenings, which can clearly be seen in some of the pictures taken on that trip.  The other influencing factor when photographing in Beijing has to be the constant smog.  We hear a lot about it on the news now, but when you are there it does become debilitating to be constantly breathing in fumes, dust and particles of pollution.  Because of this we headed out of the city a couple of times just to get a bit of breathing space, literally!

Getting to explore the city over a couple of personal trips was a real eye-opener.  It is a huge bustling metropolis but there are some exquisite things to see and do.  And a much greater appreciation for the skill, breadth and depth of the Chinese culture can only be acquired by spending the time looking and learning when you are there to experience the spaces and locations where so much Chinese history happened.  Over the years that I went to China it was still regarded as an unusual place to visit but it is a wonderful and fascinating place to spend time in and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is so inclined.

The pictures below are taken from three trips, one made in summer, one in autumn and one in winter.  I think it should be clear from the light and the sky which is which.

Click on the pictures below to enjoy the gallery and comments welcome as always


A long-term British expat - 18 years and counting

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Architecture, China, Heritage, Photography, Travel
2 comments on “Beijing Water

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Past Posts

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Blogs I Follow
Travelling with Lyn

My experiences in Italy and the world

Love Travelling

Travel diaries providing inspiration for planning the perfect trip

Rome Plein Air Art Holiday

People who love to draw and paint outdoors meet up in Rome for a holiday

Frusher on Food - A Nottingham Food Blog

A fully independent delve into the Nottingham food scene, with the odd journey elsewhere thrown in

rome tinted glasses

Musings on a life in Rome

The Irish Aesthete

This is not an Oxymoron

Places Unknown

Dmitrii Lezine's Places Unknown is fine art and travel photography from around the world. Enjoy!

Architectural Drawings, Models, Photos, etc...

Disconnected musings of a long-term expat

Georgian London

Disconnected musings of a long-term expat

Looking at the World

"For some time now I have felt the need to physically feel the World"

Il mio giornale di bordo

Il Vincitore è l'uomo che non ha rinunciato ai propri sogni.


thoughts from the forest

Unofficial Guide to Rome

Tips for surviving the eternal(y dirty) city

the Book of Bokeh

Bokeh describes the character or "feel" of the out-of-focus areas in a photograph.

Evelyn Wallace -The Castle Lady

Do you love castles like me ?

Natural Expat

Living Naturally, Anywhere


Travel inspiration for small budgets and big dreams

%d bloggers like this: