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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:01 PM   #241
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Great photos!! Can't wait to see more photos took in Chinese cities!!
(btw..is it allowed to take photos in China freely without permission?)
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I have never seen such blue-sky photos of Beijing and am very surprised...
(I was kind of expecting more smoggy sky)
The sky is very blue and it looks like Beijing is a very clean city. Did you feel so yourself?
Can I ask what percentage of Japanese people holds the same view? (sorry I don't intent to offend) Like ideas that China is scary and dirty and backwards and such.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:12 PM   #242
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even new york city would seem scary, dirty, and backwards compared to japan...so it's not really saying much

btw those photos of the altar of heaven (the entire complex) are great! i'm surprised you didn't take any of the inside though?

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Old February 7th, 2010, 04:10 AM   #243
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even new york city would seem scary, dirty, and backwards compared to japan...so it's not really saying much

btw those photos of the altar of heaven (the entire complex) are great! i'm surprised you didn't take any of the inside though?
Thanks...

We can't get inside the Qinian Dian. The door is open but barricaded. People were crowding that bit of door opening to take photos of the interior and I do manage to take some. I actually have a similar shot (posted as well in the previous page) like yours but from slightly a different angle.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #244
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ON THE ROAD IN BEIJING

Some shots of modern Beijing while in a cab...











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Power plant smoke stacks stands side by side with the residential and office buildings. Seriously, the government should do something about this.



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Very nice photos from this part/area of Beijing
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Old February 8th, 2010, 04:06 AM   #248
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AN EVENING STROLL ON THE STREETS OF BEIJING


The Rega Hotel along Nan Heyan Dajie




Along Don Chang'an Jie, a few blocks away from Tian'an Men Square, are high end hotels standing side by side.






The Grand Hotel




Was not able to get the name of this hotel, but it sure looks nice.




The Raffles Hotel




Beijing Hotel

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Across the hotel row are government buildings... and a club.






Further on the road...




Haven't been to any other commercial areas in Beijing, Wangfujing Dajie is the only street I saw where commercial activity thrive at night.



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The Oriental Plaza Mall is at the corner of Wangfujing Dajie and Don Chang'an Jie




Western fast food giants are here. I fought the temptation to go inside .






Wangfujing Street's highlight is the night market, tucked in a narrow tributary street. The landmark to the night market's entrance is this elaborately decorated arch.

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Inside are endless stalls selling a wide variety of souvenir items and traditional Chinese snacks.













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Snacks include skewers of beef, and more exotic morsels such as scorpions, and bugs, crickets, starfishes and seahorses. I only tried beef.







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Inside are endless stalls selling a wide variety of souvenir items and traditional Chinese snacks.
i would hardly call the snacks "traditional" in any sense. wangfujing is specifically catered to tourists and profits off the ignorant notion most westerners have that "OMG i heard chinese ppl eat so much crazy shit, now i know it's true!!!" when the majority of the country has probably only sampled the items sold in the market a few times in their lives.
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Yeah a lot of times I get the feeling that these "reconstructed areas" and exotic snacks are as exotic to the locals as they are to tourists...
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That is exactly true. I saw some Chinese speaking ladies squirm when offered a skewer of scorpion from one of the stalls.
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SHANGHAI'S PUDONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Approaching China's most populous city...






Shanghai's Pudong International Airport













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I thought that that long huge building is all there is of the terminal. As the taxiing plane turned 90 degrees, there's more of it.






Although not as big as Beijing's Capital Airport, Pudong is massive.



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Turning another 90 degrees, there's the setting sun providing a mesmerizing backdrop to the control tower.
















Up next... Inside Pudong International.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 02:34 PM   #260
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Great shots.. ahaha your plane taxid all the way from T1 runways to T2? How long did that take XD
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