I think this was our first or second day in Beijing, we were walking from our hotel towards the Tian An Men square, already hot and sweaty. I had my camera on and was taking some random photos of everything around me. I saw this guy and another random shot was taken. The white sky you see is pretty normal for BeiJing, during our 4 days we didn’t see blue skies, not even once, it was cloaked with this white all absorbing air, keeping the heat and making everyone pretty miserable.
Today’s image probably could be taken in any part of the world around China-towns with some super markets and many neon signs. This one happened to be in China. What drew my attention here are those large neon adds on the upper floors. Usually you’ll see the first level with all the fancy advertising, but look up and it is all grey and unpleasant.
This could be taken anywhere where lotus can grow, which I guess many places on this planet. This photo was taken somewhere downtown Beijing, on one of the many lakes near the center of Chinese capital.
I’m starting a new project at work and this is for it to bloom into something awesome and nice (as IT projects can be awesome and nice, haha) as this lotus soon to be.
If you ever been to China and brought with you your teenage daughter or niece or granddaughter then you might relate to this post. Almost two years ago we had a very short trip through China on our way to Kazakhstan, with only about 3 days stay in Beijing. Guess the surprise for my daughter when many Chinese girls her own age would come over and ask to take a picture with her. Probably at least half a dozen times, all in short 3 days! I had my camera ready just in time on couple occasions to get her little ‘incidental celebrity’ status on tape, other went and gone before I could take the cap of my camera. I use to live in China in early 90th and saw similar requests, so it was not super foreign to me, but at the same time I was surprised that this would be happening now, after all, Beijing is packed with foreigners these days, but I guess not many of them are teenage girls. I wonder if it is the same in Japan and other south east Asian countries or it is totally unique to China only.
BTW, no one asked to take pictures with me or my wife , haha, we are not cool enough! What about you? Have you ever had situation when total strangers come to you and ask to take a photo with them?
After walking for a few hours around Beijing downtown we decided to give our feet some rest and do some people watching. I believe this is right off WangFuZing street, which is a one of those streets in the center of Chinese capital overloaded with bunch of supermarkets and restaurants, packed with people.
While getting our burned feet some rest I decided to take a snap of passersby’s.