Clean windows

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.)

Looking west from our hotel  towards the centre of Beijing on a relatively clear morning.

Looking west from our hotel towards the centre of Beijing on a relatively clear morning.

View to the northwest from our hotel room.

View to the northwest from our hotel room.

The next three photos were taken from a moving bus as we approached the ‘Temple of Heaven’ about which I will post soon.

Rickshaws, bicycles and few cars in the business district of Beijing. Taken from the bus.

Overpasses and hundreds of residential blocks.

Overpasses and hundreds of residential blocks.

Residential blocks everywhere you look

Residential blocks everywhere you look

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One comment on “Clean windows

  1. Norma Segreto says:

    Bunty your photos are terrific . So kind of you to provide a commentary with them .Carry on please

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