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Butterflies, an icon for the city of Beijing, form a mural on the elevator back wall above the Four Seasons-Beijing atrium and are visible from each floor.
Posted to Architecture about 1077 days ago, 0 comment(s)
From an interior terrace of the Chinese Imperial Palace's Forbidden City, the ancient roof lines provide an artificial horizon line for both the the modern skyline of Beijing and a new soaring white domed, Buddhist stupa.
Posted to Urban about 1077 days ago, 1 comment(s)
Yinjang beer awaits selection by the diners of our party as beverage of choice for lunch near the Great Wall of China outside Beijing.
Chinese beers tend to be very light tasting.
Caution, Chinese white wine is compatible with kerosene and distilled from sorghum grains. In general, white grape wines are difficult to find outside of major hotels.
Posted to Food about 1081 days ago, 0 comment(s)
Broiled, deboned trout and fried rice as part of a Chinese restaurant lunch near the Great Wall outside Beijing, China. On another photography page, a fellow shooter paid me the greatest complement stating, "Now, I am hungry!" I think that is the idea with food and other product shots.
Posted to Food about 1081 days ago, 0 comment(s)
This fish was fried Sichuan style to accompany the evenings main course of Peking Duck, at Da Dong Restaurant in Beijing, China.
Posted to Food about 1112 days ago, 0 comment(s)
My wife, Jane did a much better job of my portrait, here. Some cropping and minor tweaking from post.
Posted to Portraits about 1112 days ago, 0 comment(s)
Breakfast buffet chef prepares eggs to order. Difficult to set white balance since the foreground porcelain was under florescent overhead lights and the infrared heat lamps were highlighting the chef's face; decided to correct for porcelain white and let the highlights fall naturally on his face.
Posted to Candid about 1115 days ago, 0 comment(s)
Cleaning is a constant job in Beijing with a population approaching 20 million and growing at 44% for the last decade. A major public awareness campaign tied to the Summer Olympics has increased recycling and decreased littering. Many teams of 1-5 uniformed workers were dispersed ubiquitously throughout the city.
Posted to Street Photography about 1115 days ago, 0 comment(s)
Hand drawn detailed icon of Chinese man's drama mask marks entrance to the men's restroom at the Red Wall Garden Hotel, Beijing, China. Like the strong blue cloth behind wooden window filigree covering.
Posted to Shoot All about 1117 days ago, 0 comment(s)
This line of creatures along the gable of a Chinese Imperial building inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, denotes a building of minor importance among the family apartments. The man riding a chicken and the dragon-like mythological creature at the ends are not counted for precedence, only the animals in the middle, here 3, are counted and the count varies from 0 to 10 animals. Only the Imperial Palace has 10.
A practical need for these is as part of a lightning strike prevention system. Modern society has added a metal bar along the roof crests to augment this function.
Posted to Historical Sites about 1122 days ago, 0 comment(s)
A Chinese gondola approaches Yinding Bridge near Imperial Summer Palace, near Beijing, China.
The name translates to silver bar, which is the shape locals see in this bridge.
Posted to Historical Sites about 1122 days ago, 0 comment(s)
Young female attendant waits to welcome passengers aboard a Chinese National Railroad bullet train at Beijing railway station.
Was trying to figure out from which clone factory these young ladies came. Their statures were very uniform and their faces uniformly comely. Almost as if the central railroad agency only wanted to make one size uniform and be able to replace the attendants with no effort.
Posted to Transport about 1123 days ago, 0 comment(s)
This treasure chest of local sweet treats greeted us in our room at Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing, China.
Posted to Food about 1123 days ago, 0 comment(s)
One of dozens of incense burners, which adorn the front stairs leading to the imperial palace. These are about the size of a 55-gallon drum and were constantly lit while the emperor was in residence at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China.
Believe the purpose was a blatant display of ostentation in combination with the practical keeping bugs away and suppressing the massive odor of so many people in a confined space.
Posted to Objet D'art about 1132 days ago, 0 comment(s)
A visually appealing display of table side carved, wood smoked, slow roasted Peking duck meat. This was our first taste of the world famous food, which had been selected by our hostess, Lori Zhang, VP for Marketing at Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing, China, to cap off a selection of local delicacies, which included sun dried cherry tomato appetizer and sweet and sour pork, using strawberries in place of pineapple.
Posted to Food about 1132 days ago, 0 comment(s)
A young girl plays peekaboo with her younger brother around a park bench inside the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. The family was visiting during the equivalent of Chinese Memorial Day.
Posted to Children about 1132 days ago, 0 comment(s)