beijing: my favorite spots

by roniel

早幾日見新聞有關於北京紫禁城的報到令我突然想睇返以前影嘅相片。基於自己本身太懶同埋時間嘅關係、都完全冇retouch啲相 – 當我再睇返就發現啲好有趣嘅野 – 有幾張响紫禁城同長城係原全冇人o架!唔知下次去有冇機會再影到呢啲相呢?

saw the news the other day about the installation of CCTV cams in the Forbidden City and decided to take my hard-drive and post some photos I took in Beijing, I know what BJ looks like but I was quite surprised to find some pics  were a clean shot – I mean there were nobody blocking the scenery when I took it – I mean its CHINA! That’s pretty amazing to take photos without so many people blocking the way… I guess I can’t these kind of photos next time… (makes me want to take out my passport and just go…ha!)

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my choice of the photos i like:

the great wall of china! i always love to come here when i talk about beijing. it’s such a remarkable and amazing location! you’ll just never get bored of climbing the long stairs and looking at the landscape scenery.

i love this view from the forbidden city! i just need to remember where we standing when i took this image…

the emperor of china walked through this alley… and i see nobody… 

i like the colors of this photo…

wow… really first time i see nobody!

next time i’ll bring my own too… very good idea!

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119 Responses to “beijing: my favorite spots”

  1. Wow! That photo of the Great Wall is unbelievable!! I envy you for being there! 🙂

  2. Nice pictures! It’s really surprising that you managed to take these pictures because Beijing is usually over-crowded…

  3. Wow. The Great Wall in the fog … so spectacularly cool…

    🙂

  4. Great pictures and beautiful editing!

  5. Nice pictures. Brings back memories of my own trip to China and Beijing – never did see the Great Wall (though I think I might have seen it from a plane).

    The Forbidden City was pretty interesting, as was just being in Tienanmen Square.

    My trip to China was a bit drier though… Western China certainly has a different feel to Eastern China and for good reason.

    I don’t know about you, but to me, I got plenty of laughs reading English translated by the Chinese. I can only wonder that perhaps they similarly laugh when they’re abroad and see our attempts at translating English or some other language into Mandarin.

    • That is so true about the translations! some of it just makes you laugh – I guess the invention of google translation would help a lot…

      Tienanmen Square is also a good one but its just too crowded with tourists and locals – you just can’t see anything apart from people – so kind of hard to take interesting photos~

      If you have any chance – the Great Wall is such a wonderful scenery to visit! It is just amazing and it will make you speechless seeing the wonderful view on the wall!

  6. Haha yes. It doesn’t look like China without its manyyy people. Great pictures by the way 🙂

  7. Wow, you’ve got some really great photos here. Definitely inspiring me to want to go to China even more than before! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed :).

    • Thanks for the support! I never thought of getting freshly pressed! It is very exciting and it is fun that people can see the photos i took~

      China is always exciting experience and it changes quite a lot ~ so it should be different next time I visit~

  8. Wow your photos are absolutely beautiful!!! I was in Beijing three years ago, it’s gorgeous! It’s amazing you got all those shots without people in them – those are treasures 🙂

    • Thanks! Beijing is a lot different now from 3 years ago~ the changes are massive! Yes, these are some photos I took without people (the others have people in them)~ it is good memory~

  9. How the heck did you get up on the wall and there was no one there???? I’ve done the wall in various places, at various times of the year, in and out of Beijing….. and notta. There were always these umbrella’s about poking me in the eyes.

    I love it!!! Your pictures are indeed amazing!!!!

    And congrats on making Freshly Pressed!!! That is something to be proud of!!!

    • Thanks for your nice comment! It is amazing to be freshly pressed!

      Yes, Beijing is always great fun to visit! You noticed that I took that photo at the top – people are very eager to get in the forbidden city so quickly that a lot of things are ignored~ so I took some time wondering around to make sure I won’t miss anything~

  10. Thanks for sharing your photos. I feel like I was there!

    Mr Bricks

  11. Beautiful pictures. I especially like the one the third from the bottom. It’s amazing that there are places like this after you go day in and day out living in the city or in a rural area. Like you said, it defintely makes me want to fish out (and dust off!) my passport and go on an adventure.

    • Yes, that is the exact feeling I felt when writing the post! Always wishing that I can have more holidays and money to just go~
      thanks for the nice comment!

  12. The Great Wall is one Bucket List item that I’ve yet to check off my list.

    Your pictures are beautiful and inspirational.

    I hope that I can accomplish walking on the wall one day.

    Are you from China?

    Lesley

    • Many thanks for your nice comment!

      Yes, this is considered one of things that people have to go~ it is an amazing scene and you won’t regret going! I’m from Hong Kong~ and I lived in Melbourne for quite some time~ so going to the Great Wall was a great experience for me as well~ You should come and see it!

  13. nice pics you have there! the plain sight of those photos makes me want to go to beijing myself!! Thanks!!!

  14. really amazing shots! i would love to visit that part of the world sometime soon! thanks for sharing.

  15. Haha, I also went to the forbidden city and the wall but your pictures look so much better than mine! Good job!

  16. that first photo is beautiful!

  17. Wow the Forbidden City looks beautiful, I wish I can go =(.

  18. LOVING these pics!

  19. Wow – your pics made me nostalgic for China! I went to Beijing in winter, and managed to get the Great Wall on a quiet day too! What a treat.
    I also really like the colours on the wall/door picture.

  20. Fascinating photos! Great architecture!

  21. I’ll be there next week. At what section of the Great Wall were these photos taken?

  22. Well done article-very interesting/informative..nice photos..

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  23. gorgeous snapshots! congrats on being freshly pressed! 🙂

  24. Absolutely beautiful photographs! I especially like the second one – what a view.

  25. I like some of the photos and not others–but all in all, great collection of pics!

  26. great photo. i just move to beijing this summer. lov it.

  27. I love traveling but I haven’t go anywhere except my hometown, with so many reasons.. but I can see it through your pictures.. thank you 🙂

  28. These are wonderful photos! Having been to Beijing a number of time over the past year I can understand the difficulty and frustration it is to wade through a sea of what seems like a gazillion people but you’ve managed to capture some great shots, especially at the wall, it can get really crowded at Badaling which is more touristy than the other spots so it looks like you picked your spot well or just got really lucky with the day you went!

  29. Amazing shots! I want to visit China someday!!

  30. Wow, so beautiful photos! makes me wanna go to Beijing….

  31. Learn abot China culture and We get traditional knowledge….about ancient culture…Ok that pictures is nice!

  32. Nice photos, i like them, thanks. I’ve planned to travel to China for along time, but i still can’t be there ><

  33. super blog…very expressive with visuals!

  34. Great pics. When is the best time to vist the Wall and what is the best section to avoid the crowds?

  35. Yep, very Beijing indeed! The last picture? Best idea! Hope you’ll have one with your own colors too!

  36. That photo of the Great Wall is unbelievable!

  37. I like your post so much! I live in Beijing too, but my photos are just the normal kind. Yours are so AMAZING!
    Double “Like”!

  38. Very nice selection… that gives me somegood ideas when i vist biejing again…. nice posts…

  39. Keep up the awesome photo work! You are inspiring!

  40. Love the photographs.. 🙂

  41. Great photos! China rocks!

  42. The Great Wall of China

    And then one day we built a wall
    to say the trees on the other side
    although green are unspeakable
    whilst those on our side
    grow dollar bills in summer
    and shed gold coins in autumn

    Marie Marshall
    writer/poet/editor/blogger

  43. These are great pictures and you’re lucky to not have had people around. What part of the Great Wall are your pictures from? MuTian is my favorite part. Forbidden City could take hours to wander through, it’s just so massive. Congrats on being FP!

  44. Great post about your time in Beijing and cool pictures too.

  45. I loved your photos- I was in Beijing – December 2005. The temperature was -8 degrees. I was very cold walking around the Forbidden City and then I turned a corner and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Starbucks – the only time I have ever liked a cup of their coffee!!! As I walked around the Forbidden City I tried to imagine what it was like before the Last Emperor. The scenery around the Great Wall looked at lot different – it was bare of green foliage but had not yet snowed… Thank you i have just had a trip down memory lane…

  46. Nice Shots,great photographic work!

  47. what amazing photos! breathtaking! thanks for sharing.

  48. Very pretty! Makes me want to visit Beijing too.

  49. I really really like the fourth picture
    These pictures remind me of stories about Qin Shi Huang because they mentioned the Great Wall of China
    however, these one are fantastic!

  50. Amazing photographs. I visited the Great Wall and Forbidden City in 2009. The GW was imposing whereas the Forbidden City came across as ‘forlorn’ despite the crowds.

  51. Nice stuff, all the pictures has a story to tell…D Congrats on being FP…

  52. Wow , thanks for sharing the photos of favorite spots.

  53. These photos remind me of the Beijing of my childhood. My parents and I lived there on and off until I was 7, then we moved away to Canada. I’ve always had these warm memories from living there – the beautiful parks, the fragrant restaurants, eating fried chopsticks with soy milk in the morning.

    I was surprised when I went back a few years ago, 20 years after I left, at how much is changed. I knew about all the changes but to see it was shocking. A lot of the city looked like Toronto. I was a little disappointed, partly because I wanted to relive my childhood memories. Your photos brought some of that back for me.

  54. Your photos are amazing! I Visited Beijing earlier this year (http://nobodysaknowitall.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/beijing/). There were some truly beautiful places, I especially loved the Summer Palace.

  55. Congrats on climbing at least a small section of the great wall, and even more congrats on FP

  56. I miss Beijing, I used to live 15 mins distance by walking to the forbidden city.

  57. Great pics!
    I really want to go to Beijing, and this has just fueled that want..

    Good stuff buddy!

    Cheers,
    Arjun Kay

    http://arjunsmind.wordpress.com/

  58. Beautiful photos, they give me some thinking to actually visit those Beijing’s favorite spots of yours. My favorite one is the view from forbidden city where you have to remember where you guys were standing when you took it.

  59. Dude…great pics! I wanna go!

  60. Are you from HK? Come on, Hong Kong is 10 times more wonderful than Beijing in my opinion, or Shanghai is better, too. 😛 ok, right, i’m a bit superficial, lol.

    • What do u mean by saying “better”? How do you define “better”? Each city must have its unique features that other ones do not. Dont be too biased and judgmental.

  61. beautiful pictures! they really make me want to go to China with my camera.

  62. One of the destinations on my list…thank you for resparking my interest. We recently hosted an exchange student from China and again, my fascination was ignited.

  63. Beijing!!! I’m definitely gonna see this real soon

  64. All the pictures are beautiful, especially “The Great Wall”. I am going to Singapore soon. Maybe, I will stop by in China too 🙂

  65. I love the first Great Wall picture!

  66. Nice post and nice work. I especially like the empty Great Wall picture (it seemed like half of China’s population was there when I visited…), the place where the emperor walked, and also the red door.

  67. Hi Roniel. My poem based on this post is now on my poetry blog http://kvennarad.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/the-great-wall-of-china/ with a link to here so people can see where I drew my inspiration. 🙂

    Marie Marshall
    writer/poet/editor/blogger
    http://mairibheag.com
    http://kvennarad.wordpress.com

  68. I still remember the climb on the Great Wall in winter! Sri Lanka anyone? http://blog.luxlegion.com/2011/09/01/brief-encounter/

  69. Thanks for the peak into a different world…. Great photos

    cityarbiter.wordpress.com

  70. These are beautiful photos.. I want to go someday!

  71. It’s very good. I like to go China .

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