The buses we travelled in during our tour of China were clean, including the windows. So, apart from reflections, I was able to get quite a few good shots while stopped in traffic or even while moving. Hotel windows were so-so, but if you put your camera lens right up to the glass and focus on your subject in the distance, bits of dirt and water spots on the glass fade somewhat into the smog or grunge of the urban landscape.
These photos aren’t particularly brilliant, but continue to show just how densely developed the cities of China are. Beijing has about 16 million people in the urban centre, 23 million including surrounding territory.
The first two pictures were taken in Beijing from our 19th floor (+ or -) Lijingwan International Hotel room, facing west. We encountered smog everywhere in China, but on the morning of this, our first full day in the country, it was relatively clear and foretold of the heat to come. The green carpeting and round building in the left foreground of the first photo belong to an ‘Ivy School’ which appeared to be a private school aimed primarily at the ex-pat community (but I’d be grateful if someone corrected me.)
The next three photos were taken from a moving bus as we approached the ‘Temple of Heaven’ about which I will post soon.