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Stunning Cityscape Photography from Headquarters of Beijing Television

Sunday, June 11th, 2017
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A city’s tall building provides an opportunity to shoot stunning pictures of its cityscape, during sun rise, sunset and especially during nighttime when artificial lights create dream-like neon wonderland.  Cityscape photography from a tall building allows us to see the spine-tingling part of a city with which we may have already been quite familiar.

The Headquarters of Beijing Television (BTV), a 41-story building is an idea place to show off the trendy and modern buildings and offices that are lit when night falls, the magic and the ever-changing cityscape of Beijing.

Beijing Television is a Beijing government-owned television network with over 10 channels, ranging from BTV 1 through 10 and more, covering arts, news, military, education, entertaiment, finance, sports, kaku kinds and more.

The BTV Headquarters Building is located at No.98 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, on the eastern end of Chang’an Avenue within the busy business district in Beijing ( known as “CBD” – Central Business District). CBD is home to legions of offices and companies, both home and international, a “Manhattan” in Beijing.

With the help of a friend who works in BTV, we are quite smooth passing through the very strict security check and take a lift up to the 21th-floor terrace facing the north. The open terrace is like a large square hole torn apart from in the middle of the entire side of the building on the north.

Each of us have two cameras with a wide angle lens and telephoto lens,  and place them on two tripods. Set the mode dial to AV (aperture priority) and turn f/11 and up to 22 for sharp photos, a greater depth of field, waiting for the golden hour – one hour before and after sunset.

The following photos taken from the 21th-floor of BTV Building.

A panoramic photography of CBD during sunset.

 

A close-up view of the buildings at sunset in CBD

 

CBD at sunset

 

The lit blurred trails

 

The illuminated two Guomao Buildings

 

The lit CBD area

 

The illuminated panoramic view of the large CBD area

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Authentic Beijing Local Experience

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
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 To get under the skin of the capital city of Beijing, you need to delve into the traditional hutong area – an old neighbourhood that consists of a warren  of narrow back lanes, quaint courtyards, and teems with people, a vibe  of sights, sounds and aromas – the Old World Charm in Beijing.

Shichahai, or popularly known as Houhai or Back Lake in English, is such a wonderful mix where you will lose yourself in the maze-like traditional hutong – Beijing’s heart and soul.

Houhai is still thriving and very much alive, with chic bars and quaint restaurants offering drinks and traditional food, rife with authentic Beijing cultures.  Check out “How to Visit Shichahai” for more information on the transport to get to Shichhai.

I happen to meet a group of foreign students visiting Shichahai ( or also popularly known as Houhai ), and I follow them to record some of their activities using my camera in Shichahai for your reference.

1. Photography: Landscape and People

A Group of Foreign Students at Houhai

 

They snap pictures of the natural sights at Houhai.

 

Taking the photos of the local people and their street life.

2. Gastronomic Memories

Eating Scorpion

 

Eating Scorpion

 

Wolf down sugar-coated fruits.

 

Wait in line to eat cotton floss or Candy floss

3. Wander along the old Hutong and Courtyards

Stroll along the old hutong at Houhai.

 

Be intrigued by the posters on the wal.

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Night View of National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)

Monday, May 29th, 2017
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Plan your Beijing night tour? In addition to the Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at Night,  the venue for National Center for Performing Arts is worth having a glimpse on your first trip to Beijing, also a photogenic spot for photography enthusiasts. It is a trendy and avant-garde landmark designed by French architect Paul Andreu.

The center is an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, like a huge egg or water drop floating on water. It is located to the west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People, and close to the Forbidden City.

The huge dome, the artificial lake and the surrounding trees knit together harmoniously, making a comfortable contrast to the solemn and ancient buildings nearby.

On China national public holidays or other special important occasions, the huge egg will be illuminated based on two carefully designed flood light systems – Distant high-power  and nearby low-power.

When the two kinds of flood lights go into effect,  the ellipsoid dome and the glass in the middle will be brightly illuminated, changing colors in about very 20 minutes and creating a surreal dream world.

So if you are lucky to travel Beijing during China National Day ( Oct 1 -7 ) , Labour Day ( May 1-3) or other important occasions, you will have the opportunity to see the huge dome flooded in dream-like lights, giving you a lot of imagination.

But it is still worth your visit if you come to the National Center without the chance to see the  illuminated ellipsoid dome. In a fine day, get up early to catch the sunrise or come here for the sunset over the huge dome, you will see a golden shell floating on the lake.

There are two recognised good positions to shoot the night views of the National Center for Performing Arts – Northeast and North ( the main entrance ).

Pictures Taken to the Northeast of the Huge Ellipsoid Dome During Sunset:

Sunset glow over the National Center

 

The Ellipsoid Dome under the glow of sunset lights

Pictures Taken to the Northeast of the Huge Ellipsoid Dome After Sunset:

Half the dome in red color

 

Half the dome in blue color

 

Half the dome in Purple color

 

The illuminated ellipsoid dome in blue color

 

The illuminated ellipsoid dome in purple color

Pictures Taken to the North of the Huge Ellipsoid Dome After Sunset:

Whole Dome in blue from the North

 

The Dome and the Great Hall of the People

 

The Half  Dome and the Great Hall of the People

 

Whole Dome in pink from the North

 

Whole Dome in pink from the North

 

Whole Dome in pink from the North

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Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.