Shanghai and Beijing

This is my very first post. Actually I won’t write much (because I don’t have the motivation or the skills) so this will be a photoblog!

I’ll really try to continue posting and not let it drop after a month but as it’s only photos I’ll always spend time editing photos and this seems like a good way to share photos of my travels for people that don’t have Facebook (thinking of you mum).

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First stop: Shanghai! A nice introduction to China. Such a futuristic skyline. Really incredible lights
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Such huge buildings. Left to right: Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai Tower
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Night lights from the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center
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A typical street in Old Shanghai
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Nanjing Road East. Consumer central
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Lights, lights and more lights
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Old and new at Jing’an Temple. The lady is throwing a coin into the opening, it didn’t go in on the first, second or third attempt
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Incense
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Praying at Jing’an Temple
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Hi mum
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Art Deco architecture in the French Concession in Shanghai
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Marriage market in Shanghai
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These are the mothers and fathers rather than what’s on offer. At least they’re proactive parents…
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Nice spot for an expensive beer
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The Chairman
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Chinese Propaganda Poster Museum. Very interesting. I took this photo before I saw the ‘No Pictures’ sign…honest.
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Enjoying the view
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Hi mum
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Tiananmen Square at night (Beijing in case you didn’t know)
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The Chairman
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Queueing to see the embalmed body of Chairman Mao. It was interesting even to queue outside and see that, for some, it was almost like a pilgrimage. Flowers were laid, bows done, respects paid…just not by me. Interesting but strange experience
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Making new friends. For each photo that a Chinese person wants to take with me I’m going to also ask for a photo
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Heading inside the Forbidden City. Amazing what 60 RMB gets you inside these days
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Highly ornate temple inside the Forbidden City
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Porcelain and dragons, very Chinese
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Very fiercesome
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The crowds inside the Forbidden City take away somewhat from the experience. I know I’m also part of the problem as a tourist :/
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Stillness inside
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Scariest tortoise I’ve ever seen
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The Hall of Supreme Harmony. Incredible names but I think my favourite was Hall of Ultimate Greatness
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The face some Chinese make when they see me
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More friends
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Main square along the Central Meridian
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Crowds trying to see the Dragon Throne
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The Emperor (or Chairman rather) is still watching
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Nice view inside the Palace Museum as the Forbidden City is officially (boringly) known as
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Overlooking the Forbidden City as sunset
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The huge moat surrounding
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The Central Meridian of halls lining up north to south
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Delicious Peking Roast Duck!

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