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...at least in parks :)

as my father told me people in Europe were similar couple of decades ago, but not nowadays, when instead of going to parks or out and have fun (exercise, play games...) there, they just go to shopping malls or stay at home, even I remember when I was young seeing people play cards sometimes what is quite popular street activity in China
 

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photos are up-to-date, I can make update only when I shoot new like today, but I guess I will be busy (working) for some time to add another new one

full album with all photos and descriptions after click on name of album

Beijing - Shichahai (hutongs) and Drum tower area - 5.10.2011













 

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Wonderful pictures - & great quality!

Chinese people do seem to be happier in front of a camera than most.

Very, very interesting.

The huge, 'imperialistic ' square is so reminiscent of communism.
 

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Beautiful photo thread, Aan! Beijing looks like a very intriguing city. I particularly found the pedestrian mall with the street cars interesting, although kind of intimidating with all of the grey, domineering facades.

I got a kick out of this sign. Do people seriously need to be reminded not to start fires or drive cars in a public garden?
 

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haha, i often bought one in cold winter, can give you warm and tasts good.
 

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Oh my gosh this is amazing!! Just people going about their daily lives..
 

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hey man very nice photos! I know this is kinda unrelated, but do you know what Beijing's authoritie's attitude to people skateboarding in the streets is? I am thinking of going there with some friends maybe in a few years time, but I don't know what to expect, I've heard in places like shenzen it is fairly relaxed.. I mean I will behave myself, but will I get in trouble for skating in Beijing?
 

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openjane, thanks (even when I don't think quality is good, those are just snapshots from compact camera, it would look better with DSLR and more playing with camera, but I don't care, just document my life), I think in general people in Asia smile more than in Europe/west, so they may seem happier, dunno if is reality so nice (I guess not, they are pretty hardworking, in restaurant where I'm going for lunch and sometimes for dinner they are working 7 days a week, no holidays). huge tiananmen square is not "reminiscent of communism", it is still communist square (sadly for chinese)

nightsky, I guess it changed a lot in 15 years, China 15 years ago, now and 15 years later would be like 3 different worlds, but it's for sure not so organized and well maintained city, dirty air, traffic jams everywhere, crowded subway with uncivilized people, quite dirty places with a lot of dust everywhere (check my other albums and photos), it's pretty far from cities like Hong Kong, Singapore or KL, but yeah, it's quite developed in one way compared to cities like Manila, Bangkok, Phnom Penh etc.

jennifat, it's not pedestrian mall if you talk about Qianmen street, it's just market pedestrian street. that sign about what is forbidden got my attention because I guess nobody will really seriously look at it with so many things (even I studied it later in home because there is so many of them), it would be probably easier to tell people what is allowed in park and just say everything else is forbidden. still not have clue what is the meaning of last warning sign in last two rows

HKG and expat, thanks, you can check my other photos in my photo gallery in signature

oliver999, I'm not big fan of sweet potatoes, you must be lucky to find good ones, sometimes they are too dry, from street stands I prefer jian bing, rou bing and stuff like these, but jian bing is the best deal for 3-3.5RMB

laurence2011, didn't really see many skateboarders when hanging around, saw few just next to my home few times. I think you would be OK if you would found actually place where you can skate what may be problem, because roads are dangerous due to crazy ignorant fast drivers and walksides are quite busy, so you just need to find some small square or some place which is not crowded, but anyway as white man you won't have problems if you will behave and will be just skating I guess. all in all it's pretty relaxed towards foreigners, drunken friend was in night shouting and making mess in tiananmen square and police just advised him to move out, so I think attitude toward white men is quite good, police is sort of joke in this country, quite useless which has benefits (if you ant avoid them) and cons (if you need their help)
 
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