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Old Posted Jun 16, 2014, 10:57 AM
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Beijing: Airpocalypse Postponed

I was in Beijing for a short holiday at the beginning of May. Here's the proof!









































































































































































































































































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Wow, looks like you lucked out with very clear air quality the days you were taking photographs.

Lovely set--thanks for sharing! I went to Beijing in the summer of 2008 and found it to be extremely pleasant to my surprise. I feel like despite its hugeness, there's a more human feel to it compared to the chaos of other Chinese megacities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. I found the people to be more friendly, the streets to be cleaner and greener, and a less hectic vibe.

The only major negative I encountered was the crazy size of the blocks -- Beijing is difficult to be a pedestrian in, especially in the center of town!
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thanks! beautifully done, unpretentious photos of everyday life.
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Gorgeous thread, such pretty streets. And great people shots too, thanks for sharing!
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You made it look like a Chinese Toronto.
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Fantastic shots!!
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Just a top, top notch thread Kilgore. I feel like I was really there! Such perfect amount of street activity in these photos. This is the vibrancy that so many cities struggle to emulate.
So many good pics, I don't even know which ones to comment on. I guess my favorites were the ones where you captured a real "character". Like the tiger shirt cat guy. Or that fat guy perusing more food. Lol. Or the fat lady with the golden arches in the background. Or the chefs laughing.

Looks like a killer place to explore.

One last comment; Airpocalypse beer looks like a perfect sibling to Cleveland's "Burning River" beer. Laughing at the ridiculous and otherwise not so funny fact of industrial pollution in their respective cities. Very cool and interesting to see!
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My first time to Beijing I left unimpressed. All it took was one more visit (this time with friends living there), and I became a huge fan.

I don't think there's anywhere else in China that gives me the feeling I get when I walk through the Hutongs at night. So much to see....and drink!
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You made it look like a Chinese Toronto.
That's funny, this was exactly my first impression while looking at the pics!

Great set, Kilgore, as usual!
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Great work! I enjoyed your tour of Beijing's urban neighborhoods, which seem to have a lot of character.
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I feel like despite its hugeness, there's a more human feel to it compared to the chaos of other Chinese megacities like Shanghai and Hong Kong. I found the people to be more friendly, the streets to be cleaner and greener, and a less hectic vibe.
It's definitely a laid back city, which is partly a cultural thing is partly because of its expanse – you can't be in a hurry when it takes forever to get anywhere. I don't know about cleaner, though. Like any mainland Chinese city, Beijing can be pretty filthy. Hong Kong is much cleaner in every way.

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Airpocalypse beer looks like a perfect sibling to Cleveland's "Burning River" beer.
It's a pretty good brew, too. Beijing actually has one of the liveliest craft beer scenes in Asia – five or six breweries have emerged in the past few years. One of them, Great Leap, is really top notch and is pioneering the use of Chinese grains and hops in craft beer.

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You made it look like a Chinese Toronto.
I never would have thought of that but I definitely see what you mean. It's that kind of shabby, low-slung but very lively urban form.

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I don't think there's anywhere else in China that gives me the feeling I get when I walk through the Hutongs at night.
It's one of my favourite urban experiences. Most of the hutongs are so quiet you can hardly believe you're in the middle of a city of 20 million. Just you, your footsteps, the wind in the trees overhead and the occasional e-bike buzzing past.
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From hutongs to street food to hipster cafes... man, what an awesome mix! Great shots as always KT.
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My first time to Beijing I left unimpressed. All it took was one more visit (this time with friends living there), and I became a huge fan.

I don't think there's anywhere else in China that gives me the feeling I get when I walk through the Hutongs at night. So much to see....and drink!
Eh, when I went, I wasn't much of a fan at all...didn't feel as walkable as Shanghai or Hong Kong to me. I like those cities more.

Great thread though.
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Eh, when I went, I wasn't much of a fan at all...didn't feel as walkable as Shanghai or Hong Kong to me. I like those cities more.]
It's not a city where you can get around only by walking, but it's a great walking city in the sense that there's a lot of space but also a lot of street-level details that make it an interesting place to explore. Of course, that's true mainly within the Second Ring Road and in a handful of other areas. If you go to the CBD or Wangjing it's the same suburban highrise crap you see everywhere in China.

Ironically, Hong Kong should be a great walking city because it's so compact, but many streets are so unpleasantly crowded (narrow sidewalks, lots of obstructions, pedestrian-unfriendly road crossings) that people don't actually walk much at all. They'd rather take a minibus or a taxi even if they're only going a kilometre away.
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Nice to see some street level scenes for a change. How much of this is left (i.e., not bulldozed for highrises)?

Anyone else think there's a surprising number of overweight people for China, though (and not one attractive person, but that's a separate point)? I know the northern Chinese diet isn't exactly healthy, but they seem to be catching up with Americans.
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Neat looking city! Surprising to see all the hipsters, trendy restaurants, and English signage that would not be out of place in a major Canadian or American city!
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Love the photos of the Uighur butcher shop.
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Brilliant set - sheer poetry
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Great scenes. You sure do know how to time your shots just right.
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Great job! Thanks for all these pics of Beijing and its people and customs.

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