Getting lost is part of the experience at 798.
Pace Gallery housed in a beautiful Bauhaus-style factory.
Located about a hundred metres from the Bell Tower stands the Drum Tower.
The entrance to the Drum Tower.
Bought a stick of local snack. It wasn't that bad after some deep frying. The only uncomfortable part was looking at these creatures when they were still alive, struggling with the skewer through them (middle picture above).
Local food, local drink.
全聚德) for its famous and most sought after Peking Roast Duck.
A nice and hot bowl of chicken soup rice noodles to start the day.
Some beautiful details and colours of the Forbidden City...
Brightly painted roof eaves, rafters and beams.
Locals by the entrance wall. It's not difficult to imagine how huge the wall is just by looking at the size of its plinth.
Intricate painting details on the façade and beams.
Ornamental details at the gable ends.
Layering of spaces down a corridor.
Balustrade details with sculpted rainwater spouts.
Wooden window lattice details.
Copper door handles with intricate carvings. Signs of wear spanning centuries could be seen.
Glazed ceramic tile adorn the lintel.
It's all about scale and proportion.
乾清宫), which is the largest palace in the Inner Court of Forbidden City. The big plaque hanging above the throne is engraved with four chinese characters "正大光明", which means "Justice and Brightness". The current plaque carries a calligraphy by Emperor Qianlong.
Sleeping on the job.
Exploring the Hutongs in Beijing.
The old meeting the new.
Guarding the door faithfully.
Locals gossiping along the alleyway.
The streets of Hutong are lined with residences, as well as shops and restaurants. One could walk up and down the streets multiple times and there would always be new discoveries.
慕田峪) section of The Great Wall. Although further than the more popular Badaling (八达岭) section, the long 1.5hr private car ride from the Capital was definitely worth it.
Looking through an opening in a watchtower into the valleys.
三里屯), a popular destination with lots of shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs.
天坛) on the following day. At 38m tall, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is the largest building in the Temple of Heaven complex.
A patriotic Chinese boy at Tiananmen Square.
All photos taken with Samsung NX mirrorless system.