Killing time

Between a visit to the Summer Palace in the morning and a late afternoon tour of an older part of Beijing, we were taken to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Site.  You could tell that the site could have handled huge Olympic crowds.

Cold, windy, but thankfully no longer raining. Lots of Chinese out for a stroll: some tourists, others local.

Cold, windy, but thankfully no longer raining. Lots of Chinese out for a stroll: some tourists, others local.

The Chinese are very proud of the fact that they successfully conducted the 2008 Summer Olympic games. And the Bird’s Nest Stadium is an iconic building. But really, did we need to spend an hour strolling around here? Admission to the Olympic venues was not included in the stop, nor did we have enough time.

Most of my bus mates stayed on the bus, but hey, any chance for a few interesting photos. It was a grey day and the black and white shots are true to the feeling of the vast site.

Gate C to the Birds' Nest Stadium.

Gate C to the Birds’ Nest Stadium.

Gate B, and another view of the stadium.

Gate B, and another view of the stadium.

I like taking pictures of people taking pictures.

I like taking pictures of people taking pictures.

Someone seems to think that the photographer needs a little help with their composition.  A cropped version of a photo from the last post.

The photographer from the picture above seems to think that this photographer needs help with her composition.   This is a cropped version of a photo from the last post.

The Olympic mascots in the left mid-ground of the next photo.

A cropped version of a shot from the last post, converted to B&W and showing photographers again.

Also a cropped version of a shot from the last post, converted to B&W and showing photographers again.

China was originally called The Middle Kingdom, and the Chinese character above the ‘d’ is the symbol for middle or centre.

Preparing for the birthday of the People's Republic of China in a week's time. Coleus in pots were to be inserted in the metal grid.

Preparing for the birthday of the People’s Republic of China in a week’s time. Coleus in pots were to be inserted in the metal grid.

Framework for a floral display for October 1.  Doves of peace, the Great Wall of China, fireworks and a form that looks a lot like a Totem Pole.

Framework for a floral display for October 1. Doves of peace, the Great Wall of China, fireworks and a form that looks a lot like a Totem Pole.

Next post: details from the Olympic site.

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