China Day 4: Hutong and the Temple of Heaven

Today is our last day in Beijing, so while the bus is loading up I have some time to take a few pictures of the street in front of the hotel.  From the noise at night I know this is always a busy street and this morning the parade of bicycles, cars, and buses continues nonstop …

Beijing Street Life
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/310 sec at f/7.1

The first stop is a hutong – a neighborhood of traditional “courtyard” homes. We visit a hutong that overlooks a lake …

Hutong
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/310 sec at f/7.1
Hutong
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/380 sec at f/3.5
Hutong
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/800 sec at f/3.5

After seeing the Pandas at the Beijing Zoo, we have lunch at McDonald’s  …

Beijing McDonald’s
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/290 sec at f/3.5

On the bus ride to the Temple of Heaven we pass the very distinctive headquarters building for China Central Television …

China Central Television Headquarters
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/540 sec at f/7.1

… and finally we arrive at the Temple of Heaven.

Temple of Heaven
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/750 sec at f/7.1

After dinner we head to the Beijing West Train Station and board the overnight Z19 train to Xi’an …

Beijing West Railway Station
Beijing, China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 800 • 1/10 sec at f/2.4

It’s not the Orient Express, but the train to Xi’an is an adventure.

Z19 Train from Beijing to Xi’an
China
Ricoh GR Digital 2 • ISO 100 • 1/30 sec at f/2.4

Tomorrow we visit the Terracotta Warriors.

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