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北京市图片Beijing City Pictures

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 前门街门楼 Beijing City -- Qianmen street arch

    The entrance arch to 前门 Qianmen Gate.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 前门街门楼 Beijing City -- Qianmen street arch

    The entrance arch to 前门 Qianmen Gate.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 前门街门楼 Beijing City -- Qianmen street arch

    The entrance arch to 前门 Qianmen Gate.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 北京站 Beijing City -- Beijing Railway Station
  • Picture of 北京市 -- 崇文门 Beijing City -- Chongwenmen Gate Wall

    One of the remaining city walls.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 崇文门 Beijing City -- Chongwenmen Gate Wall
  • Picture of 北京市 -- 崇文门 Beijing City -- Chongwenmen Gate Wall
  • Picture of 北京市 -- 崇文门 Beijing City -- Chongwenmen Gate Wall

    Around the ruined wall is a park.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 鼓楼 Beijing City -- Drum Tower

    Side view of Beijing's large drum tower.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 钟楼 Beijing City -- Bell Tower

    Beijing's heavy-duty bell tower. Here hangs one of China's largest and heaviest cast-iron bell.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 钟楼 Beijing City -- Bell Tower
  • Picture of 北京市 -- 钟楼 Beijing City -- Bell Tower

    Tourist pedicabs lined the way to the bell tower.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 钟楼 Beijing City -- Bell Tower

    View of the bell tower from atop the drum tower.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 钟楼的石碑 Beijing City -- Memorial Stone

    A memorial stone outside the bell tower.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 钟楼的大钟 Beijing City -- Iron Bell

    This colossal cast-iron bell is one of the three largest in China today.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 鼓楼的鼓 Beijing City -- Drums

    The bells (I believe there were 9 of them) were struck every half hour for the tourists.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 鼓楼 Beijing City --  Bell Tower

    The drum tower looking from atop the bell tower.

  • Picture of 北京市 --  北海公园 Beijing City --  Beihai (North Lake)  Park

    北海 Beihai is the imperial garden of the 金 Jin, 元 Yuan, 明 Ming and 清 Qing dynasties. It is the oldest and best preserved imperial garden in China.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 王虎井 Beijing City -- Wanghujing

    王虎井 Wanghujing is a popular shopping and tourist center in Beijing city.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 王虎井 Beijing City -- Wanghujing

    Bronze cast statures of two musicians playing erlu and singing in the street.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 王虎井 Beijing City -- Wanghujing

    One of the wide crossroads in the area.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City
  • Picture of 北京市 -- 自行车 Beijing City -- bicycles

    Despite the growing possession of cars, bicycle is still clearly in much use. In the 王虎井 Wanghujing commercial area.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 教堂 Beijing City -- Church

    A church near the 王虎井 Wanghujing commercial area.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 王虎井 Beijing City -- Wanghujing
  • Picture of 北京市 -- 舞女孩 Beijing City --  Dancing Girl

    The little girl danced every time she came out of a clothing shop that she hangs around.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    Roof details of a house inside a 胡同 hutong.

  • Picture of 北京市 -- 街路 Beijing City -- street
  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    Daily exercise is a routine in China. There are exercising equipments in public parks and streets.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    I was staying in a hotel within this hutong during the 2 times (2004 and 2006) I was here. The hutong was in the process of being cleared for, I am assuming, commercial projects. The hutong stretched all the way to 前门 Qianmen leading to the Tiananmen Square. Much of it was already cleared.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    The same hutong.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    The same hutong. This is the 前门 Qianmen end of the long road.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    A residential doorway in a hutong.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    A residential doorway in a hutong.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    A residential doorway in a hutong.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    A residential doorway in a hutong.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    Chinese characters on top of the doorway,"四时平安“ (peace, tranquility, and general wellness throughout the 4 seasons).

image of Wudangshan temple

The extraordinary temple complex in 湖北Hubei's legendary Daoist mountains - the source of much of China's famed 功夫Gongfu tradition.

image of Tiananmen gateimage of the seventeen arch bridge in Yiheyuan

Walk through Beijing's great attractions -- 故宫Gugong (The Palace Museum), 天坛Tiantan (Temple of Heaven), 天坛天安门广场Tiananmen Square, 颐和园Yiheyuan (Summer Palace).

My translations of some Chinese poems.

clay figure of 钟馗 Zhong Kui

Arts and Crafts that I bought along my travels.

Travelogues and travel notes.

上海 shanghai skyline苏州园林 suzhou gardernUygur lady and tourist boat in 天池 Tianchi

Selected pictures from my 3-month travel through China during the summer of 2006.