Beijing for the National Holiday – soo this is what a billion people look like! Pollution, crowds and a fantastic history, 5 days in Beijing and I fell even more in love with China. We did all the typical touristy things and of course the Great Wall and the Forbidden City were favourites. We practiced our bargaining skills at the silk market where fake goods are a dream come true (we were given the ultimate compliment of being “hard bargainers” by locals). Our culinary experiences included a meal at the most famous Peking Duck restaurant in Beijing (my vegetarian self looked on as friends indulged) and a visit to the Wanfujing Night Market for a little thrill – scorpions and seahorses anyone?
As much as taking pictures of iconic architecture is what helps you to remember your trip and where you’ve been, I found people-watching and random street scenes much more entertaining. My interest in capturing faces was made so much easier in a country that doesn’t know the term camera-shy. The Chinese are ever so polite and only just smile encouragingly when you try to sneak a picture of their child. In response they’ll push their kid towards you and tell him to smile with the waiguoren for the camera. If anything, I was the shy one when it came to photographing faces – it’s a bit new for me, but was intriguing and adds great depth to an album. Below is a mixture of classic sites, street culture, and some of the individuals that stood out to me within the throngs of thousands of people.