It has been incredibly hot and sticky here of late. So, it shouldn't really be a huge a surprise that it broke with a massive storm. It may not rain often around Tianjin and Beijing but when it does, it does it properly.
These were taken in a little Hutong that has become home to lots of little tourist shops and eateries. We were there for the Dragon Boat holiday so it was especially busy but quite nice and, again, different from what one usually experiences in China. There seem to be a quite a lot of these little areas in Beijing that are trying to be a bit indie and edgey but are, of course, officially sanctioned so it is all very sanitised but I do like them. Also, the food in these areas is always tip-top!
I waited until it was just going dark so the exposure time gave a bit of blur but there was still enough light to hand-hold the camera as there was never going to be enough room for a tripod.
The idea was to get a mix of brollys and colourful reflections on the damp cobbles.
These are the old residential districts of Beijing. Sadly(?) many, if not most, have now gone but the remaining ones seem to be protected from the developers. They are basically just streets but are charming and there is a sense of community in them.
Well worth a gentle stroll. You won't see anything jaw-droppingly beautiful or spectacular.... They're just nice and peaceful, which is rare commodity in Beijing.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.