Photography Tip - related to digital cameras only
I recently discovered this trick.
The sky in Beijing is usually grey and hazy, which, apparently fools the White Balance of digital cameras, so set the White Balance to the Cloudy setting as this 'warms up' the photo. The difference in images is impressive!
Bring your thermal's!
We had been in Shanghai for some weeks before we were able to get a flight to Beijing due to the poor weather and you would not beleive how much snow can fall in this city!!
Out and about in Shanghai, of cource we went to quite a few shopping centres, where i did have a look at a lot of over priced thermal underwear (compared to NZ) with maybe not quite my healthy size, so abstained from making any purchase.....BIG BIG mistake!!....Of course i survived by wearing three shirt's, plus a jacket. And i am so so glad i took my boots with me, even if they did upset all the machines at the airport's....lmao!!
SI HE YUAN
SI HE YUAN
Traditionally most urban Chinese used to live in quadrangles called siheyuan or 'four-side enclosed courtyards.' These courts, as the name implies, are formed by inward-facing houses on four sides, closed in by enclosure walls.
Not only residences but ancient palaces, government offices, temples and monasteries were built basically on the pattern of the siheyuan, a common feature of traditional Chinese architecture.
go shopping and eating!
It's name comes from an old well on the street, you can also see it by yourself.
There are many old famous chinese shops and restaurants, such as: Tongshenghe (traditional comfortable shoes), Ruifuxiang(traditional comfortable shoes), Donglaishun (hot pot with sheep or beef), Quanjude (beijing roast duck), Cuihualou (restaurant,very delicious), and many shopping centers. In each shopping center, you can find many traditional foods and snacks from the whole china! And they are very cheap!
Nearby is a big night market, where u can see many street vendors with their traditional snacks. BUT they are not so clean, I think, so just take some pics, DON'T TRY THEM!!!
You can also buy very traditional gifts or cloths such as Qipao (for women, about 30€) and Magua (for men, no idea how much).
Actually you can buy everything there! It takes u at least 5 hours.
A restaurant nearby named "Hongkong Meishi City" is one of my favorite. There are delicious fresh seafoods and desserts and soups. Many fishes and crabs are swimming in the huge Aquarium, u can watch them and choose the loveliest one....to eat :P
Address: Dongcheng District Donganmenda Street 18,beijing
West Beijing Station
* * * * * Located in the west of Beijing city, this building is considered to be one of the greatest milestones in Beijing building history, largest station in Asia =
==5.8 million square feet, comprised of 8 sections = completed June 6,1997
== I personally have not seen this station, but it is part of the modernisation of Beijing preparing for the 2008 Olympics
== hopefully the HUTONGS of the old inner ciet shall not be ravaged for the sake of " Progress "
there are 4 other Train Stations in Beijing