revisiting beijing

June 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Beijing holds lovely memories for me. It was the launch pad for my husband's and my honeymoon way-back-when (two mini-people's lifetime's ago ... 'nuf said!)

We were very fortunate to visit Beijing in the month between the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in September, 2008. The main benefit of this was multi-faceted:

  • there were fewer fellow tourists around as it was the 'lull' between the two huge events
  • traffic restrictions were still in place, so we didn't get stuck in traffic jams trying to see as much as possible of this amazing city
  • industry restrictions were also still in place, so we had the benefit of (in Beijing's terms) pollution- and haze-free atmospheric conditions. 

We knew we were fortunate at the time, but we truly appreciated our good timing once we got to Shanghai!

I have recently been inspired to revisit my photographs from our time in China (I will be adding more to the site soon), but I wanted to share these edits of different views of the incredible China Central Television tower. This building is amazing - sculptural, sleek, seemingly gravity-defying, glossy. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA and built between 2004 - 2012.

Please visit the my landscapes gallery to view some alternative edits of this image.

Tucked into a small, roadside garden near the CCTV tower, we came across a beautiful abstract sculpture. The glossy, smooth surface mimicked flowing water and the juxtaposition of the fluid reflection of the sharp angles and hard surface of the CCTV tower was just fabulous. 

reflections in sculpture - B&Wreflections in sculpture - B&WLocated on the Third Ring Road, Guanghua Road in Beijing's Central Business District. Reflection of the China Central Television tower, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA.


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