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China - Visiting the chairman

  • No entrance

    The center of Beijing is dominated by the enormous walled area of the former imperial palace, where the emperor uncontested ruled the empire. Construction began in 1406 and the last emperor abdicated in 1912.

    [Hall of Supreme Harmony in Forbidden City, Beijing]

  • Guardians

    The roofs are protected by various mythological creatures.

    [Forbidden City, Beijing]

  • Backseat gamer

    [Street in Beijing]

  • Spot the foreigner

    I blend in like a chameleon in Asia.

    [Reine in the Beijing subway]

  • Underground

    [Beijing subway]

  • A day in the life

    The traditional hutongs are narrow alleys formed by lines of residential houses. During the last 50 years a lot of hutongs have been demolished to make way for modern buildings.

    [A hutong in Beijing]

  • A day in the life

    The traditional hutongs are narrow alleys formed by lines of residential houses. During the last 50 years a lot of hutongs have been demolished to make way for modern buildings.

    [A hutong in Beijing]

  • Shadow of the chairman

    Hey look, there's a bald guy in a painting over there. Actually, Tiananmen Square is the world's largest square and the People's Republic of China was proclamed here in 1949 by Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate which features his portrait. When he died in 1976, one million people gathered in the square and his body can be seen today on open display in the mausoleum.

    [Reine at Tiananmen Square, Beijing]

  • Go bananas

    We managed to find a nice club in the middle of nowhere. At first I had some trouble understanding how to order anything from the cool bartenders juggling bottles in a cloud of smoke, and we got quite a lot of attention since we were almost the only foreigners in a sea of short people with different hair color. The dance floor was filled with people and oscillated quite heavily when we bounced to the music.

    [Banana Club, Beijing]

  • A pile of bricks

    In the 7th century BC minor walls were built to protect the vassal states. These were linked together during the Qin Dynasty in 200 BC, forming the original Great Wall to keep out the marauding nomads in the north. Most of the remaining sections seen today were largely rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty 1300-1600 AD. It stretches across the land for 2700 km and the peak stretch is estimated to have been 6700 km. But no, it cannot be seen from space.

    [Great Wall, Badaling section]

  • Run for the hills

    Sometimes the ascent gets a little bit steep.

    [Frida climbing the Great Wall at Badaling]

  • Another brick

    All in all, we're just another brick in the wall.

    [Reine at the Great Wall]

  • Rickshaw cemetary

    This is where they all come to rest.

    [Yongdingmennei Dajie, Beijing]

  • I want your special smile in the crowd

    [Old Beijing]

  • The sound of music

    We came across this odd building where someone was singing Chinese songs.

    [Tiantan park, Beijing]

  • A lazy afternoon

    [Tiantan park, Beijing]

  • Gazing at the future

    The friendly city of Qingdao is a very popular city for living, chosen by 8 million people.

    [Qingdao]

  • Beneath the kites

    The sculpture is called Wuyue Feng (May Wind), but it's probably a Transformer in disguise.

    [May Fourth Square, Qingdao]

  • The dying sun

    [Qingdao]

  • La petite fille de la mer

    One of the beaches proved to be a popular spot for wedding photos.

    [Qingdao]

  • The old man and the sea

    [Reine in Qingdao]

  • We come in peace

    Being taller than most people and sporting blond hair with blue eyes, it's fair to say that you get some attention in China.

    [Reine and Frida with groupies in Qingdao]

  • Hit the road

    [Frida in Qingdao]

  • How to survive outside Germany

    Qingdao was once a German colony and they established the quite popular Tsingtao Brewery in 1903 to get some nutrition.

    [Qingdao International Beer Festival]

  • Men with hats

    Most of the vendors at the annual festival were crazy. These funny guys were singing and joking all the time.

    [Qingdao International Beer Festival]

  • One too many

    [Veteran visitor at Qingdao International Beer Festival]

  • Departure

    We left Qingdao as the sun set and boarded the ferry towards Korea.

    [Reine in Qingdao harbor]

  • Across the Yellow Sea

    [Yellow Sea]

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