I am on the way home to Shanghai from Beijing. The four days short trip in Beijing might be the highlight of this China trip. Beijing is quite an amazing city. I saw Tiananmen Square for the first time, was so excited, it is even more spectacular than I imagined. 798 Art Zone is also a must-see place in Beijing for art lovers, most galleries are showing Chinese themed work.
Beijing people are extremely nice, I love to listen as they talk to each other with their Beijing style Mandarin. On Tuesday, I attended a Photo Camp organized by Ren Yue, a photographer and a teacher from Renmin University of China where I also gave a lecture the day before. The event was held in Canon Communication Space, more than 60 photographers showed up, look at selected work and exchange self-made books, the atmosphere was absolutely touching; I really appreciate the generous and passionate charisma of Beijing people.
Worth mentioning is my fabulous hotel. A traditional courtyard style hotel in old Beijing Hutong outside the Forbidden City. The entire hotel is decorated just as hundred years ago, brick heated bed, wood carved furniture, China tea sets and the embroidered silk bed wears. It reminded me so much about my childhood when I slipped myself into those smooth silk bed sheets.
Before I leave Beijing, I had chance to visit Century City (世纪城), a resident area in the north of the city. Hundreds of slick, clean cut, and color coordinated high rising buildings neatly positioned by each other. This place had been a very popular photography site; it is appeared in quite a few well-known western photographers’ work. Very interesting and impressive site to visit.