Jingshan Park, Beijing

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Jingshan Park, Beijing, China

Fujifilm XT-1, 35mm lens, 1/250 @ f5, ISO 1600

 

Jinghsan Park lies to the north of the Forbidden City in Beijing. There is a hill that you can walk up with a pagoda at the top and views over the city. People come here to enjoy the view and take photos.

I photographed these two women taking photos of the view. Not of the Forbidden City, but looking in the other direction. People in China take a lot of photos on their phones, more than anywhere else I have seen. These women were absorbed in what they were doing and it was easy for me to take the photo unnoticed.

One of the things that interested me in China was the way that people interacted with their surroundings – especially in historical sites like this one.

Another was the elegant way that many of the women dress.

This photo was taken with the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens. I used this lens for the majority of the photos that I took while in China. I’ll write more about this in another post.

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4 Responses to “Jingshan Park, Beijing”

  1. Scott says:

    “One of the things that interested me in China was the way that people interacted with their surroundings – especially in historical sites like this one.”
    Please elaborate.

    • Hi Scott, it’s easier to explain with photos than words and I will post some over the coming days that show this. What I found interesting is the contrast between a modern people and their ancient surroundings in the historical sites that exist in cities like Beijing. People come to these places to appreciate the beauty and sense of history as well as just to see them – sadly, beauty is in short supply in urban China.

  2. Chelín says:

    I visited Jingshan park and many other historical sites in Beijing many times, and I completely agree with your impression about visitors, Andrew. In general, the Chinese mind their own business and you can take their photograph without any problem (even without asking permission) unlike in Western countries. They love the latest gadgets, take hundreds of selfies and share them online – instantly. Women wear unthinkable, trendy high-heels, even when climbing the Great Wall. If you are lucky enough and they spot you, they will gather around you and ask you to be in their selfie too – especially if you are good looking 😉

    • Hi Chelin, you are completely right. I found that when I was with my wife nobody approached me, but when I was by myself I was asked three times to be in someone’s photo. Once by a man, another time by a family and the other by a girl who spotted me taking her photo. It seems very strange to me especially when the person asking can’t speak English and is communicating what they want in sign language.

      We met a German guy in Shanghai who works in a hospital in Hangzhou. He told us that he’s been on several dates with Chinese women, but finds it very hard work because they stop every two minutes to take a selfie and post it online!

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