Beijing, 2002


This is an album of photos taken during our few days in Beijing in the first week of May 2002.

On arrival, we discovered that the first week of May is a whole week of public holidays, during which it seemed that the entire population of China visited Beijing.

The highlight of the trip was, without doubt, a day spent at the Forbidden City.

We had looked forward to visiting the Great Wall, but our first trip to the Wall was to the Badaling section, just north of Beijing, and was something of a disappointment due to the amount of rebuilding that has been done (for example, the wall now contains a huge archway over a multilane highway).

Because of this we took a second trip to the Great Wall, this time to the Mutianyu section, further from Beijing. This was a much better experience, with a long and interesting section of the wall to explore.

Some of these photos were scanned from film taken with one of our old Nikon F cameras. Others were taken with a Kodak DC290 - an early digital camera. At 2 megapixels, it was one of the better digital cameras available at the time but, unfortunately, the quality of reproduction suffers when compared with today's cameras.

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001. Dongchang'an Jie - a major road in Beijing
1. Dongchang'an Jie - a major road in Beijing
002. Another view of Dongchang'an Jie
2. Another view of Dongchang'an Jie
003. Tiananmen Square and the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
3. Tiananmen Square and the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
004. Even the Chinese army are now tourists in Tiananmen Square
4. Even the Chinese army are now tourists in Tiananmen Square
005. Statue in front of the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
5. Statue in front of the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
006. The Great Hall of the People facing Tiananmen Square
6. The Great Hall of the People facing Tiananmen Square
007. Cyclist passing Tiananmen Square opposite the Forbidden City
7. Cyclist passing Tiananmen Square opposite the Forbidden City
008. The Taihe Gate within the Forbidden City
8. The Taihe Gate within the Forbidden City
009. Once through the Tahie Gate, we are facing the Tahie Hall
9. Once through the Tahie Gate, we are facing the Tahie Hall
010. The Qianqing Gate
10. The Qianqing Gate
011. Approaching the Qianqing Palace through the Qianqing Gate
11. Approaching the Qianqing Palace through the Qianqing Gate
012. Qianqing Palace within the Forbidden City
12. Qianqing Palace within the Forbidden City
013. Qianqing Palace detail
13. Qianqing Palace detail
014. Palace rooftops within the Forbidden City
14. Palace rooftops within the Forbidden City
015. More Forbidden City rooftops
15. More Forbidden City rooftops
016. Forbidden City Corner Tower, moat and wall
16. Forbidden City Corner Tower, moat and wall
017. A street at the rear of the Forbidden City
17. A street at the rear of the Forbidden City
018. The Great Wall at Badaling
18. The Great Wall at Badaling
019. A section of the Great Wall at Badaling
19. A section of the Great Wall at Badaling
020. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
20. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
021. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
21. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
022. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
22. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
023. Sabine on the Great Wall
23. Sabine on the Great Wall
024. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
24. The Great Wall at Mutianyu
025. This section was too steep for me!
25. This section was too steep for me!
026. Arriving at the Summer Palace in Beijing
26. Arriving at the Summer Palace in Beijing
027. Pagodas at the Summer Palace
27. Pagodas at the Summer Palace
028. Within the grounds of the Summer Palace in Beijing
28. Within the grounds of the Summer Palace in Beijing
029. Buildings and Lake in the Summer Palace
29. Buildings and Lake in the Summer Palace
030. Boat quay in the grounds of the Summer Palace
30. Boat quay in the grounds of the Summer Palace
031. Pleasure boats on the Lake in the Summer Palace
31. Pleasure boats on the Lake in the Summer Palace
032. Shrine at the Sumer Palace
32. Shrine at the Sumer Palace
033. Zheng-yi Temple Theatre
33. Zheng-yi Temple Theatre
034. Zheng-yi Temple Theatre
34. Zheng-yi Temple Theatre
035. The program for the Zheng-yi Temple Theatre
35. The program for the Zheng-yi Temple Theatre
036. A final view of Beijing from our hotel room
36. A final view of Beijing from our hotel room.
       
 
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