Friday, October 1, 2010

Beijing, Part.1

To those lovely people who participated in the blog hop yesterday,
thank you so much!

To those wonderful people who have started following me,
thank you so very much!

I'm mentioned that I've been delaying China pictures because I can be a crazy idealist who wants to go through all her pictures and edit them before posting. Today I decided that I won't be that way. I'll post my pictures in parts instead - that way, neither of us gets too overwhelmed :)


Beijing, Part 1

Can words describe the feeling of visiting one of the oldest civilizations in world history?
How does one even begin to tell of all the sights and memories that raced through my eyes, heart and mind from the moment the taxi picked us up from the Beijing South Station? I don’t know why I allowed my camera to remain in my bag throughout that taxi ride where I had my first glimpses of Beijing. Perhaps half my mind was too concerned with communicating with our taxi driver using the meager command of Mandarin I possessed. The other half of my mind was probably completely engaged in taking in the sights themselves to remember that memories are best shared by photographs.

Were I an eloquent writer, I would go into a narration of that first taxi ride in Beijing. But I am not, so pictures will have to suffice. If you like what you see, you have to visit China sometime in your life. China simply oozes with character and charm, these pictures don't do it justice. It's a pretty incredible country.

Entering the Forbidden City

Did you know that most of the tourist in China are from China itself?

The Forbidden City is pretty huge.

Beautiful parks... almost surreal.

Wouldn't have guessed I was in China :)

Temple of Heaven grounds

A fun and simple way of learning calligraphy!

Part 2 to follow :)


Sarah B. said...

Those are some FABULOUS pictures. I think the name "forbidden city" just begs you to come visit :). Those parks are out of this world!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. I am a new follower!

Erin Wallace said...

Amazing pictures!

Following you via the Social Parade. Hope to see you at Dropped Stitches!

xo Erin

YSM Designs said...

Beautiful pictures. May I ask you what kind of camera you use?

Christine Peh said...

Thanks for the follows & your kind comments, ladies!
YSM: I use a Nikon D50 :)

Meeling said...

Lovely! You captured some wonderful images. Loved the door/key lock fave!

@ByHandGiveaways said...

Amazing pictures! I love the parks

Tak said...

Beautiful pictures!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Gorgeous..the craftsmanship and hand work is amazing ( it is also amazing to think of how long the buildings have been standing!

Christine Peh said...

Meeling: Glad you like it :) The keys were huge! (Almost as big as my hand!)

My Life Under the Bus:
Isn't it? I was blown away by how detailed the architecture was so long back. It is a pretty mindblowing thought to think that the Chinese civilization dates back over 2000 years.