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Beijing in May 2006

I am a regular visitor to Beijing, and travel there roughly once a year with work; however, every experience has to begin somewhere, and Beijing is not exception. This page contains photos from my first ever visit to the city and its environs, back in May 2006. In many ways, it is a companion album to my "Chongqing 2006" page - I flew directly from Chongqing to Beijing as part of the same trip.

As part of the trip, I visited many of the most famous tourist destinations (or even traps) in Beijing; the Forbidden City, the Ding Ling tomb, Tiananmen Square, and the Summer palace, as well as countless restaurants. Everything was very new to me, so I took a lot of photos; although the best of these are below, my camera was quite old, and they aren't the best quality. If you don't like the look of something, try one of my more recent Beijing albums - I re-visit a lot of places!

A mazy Great Wall of China, built over hill and mountain
A mazy Great Wall of China, built over hill and mountain
The view of Tiananmen Square from the balcony
The view of Tiananmen Square from the balcony
A stork statue in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A stork statue in the Forbidden City, Beijing
The entrance to the Summer Palace in Beijing
The entrance to the Summer Palace in Beijing
Me posing on a rock (or a hard place) on the Great Wall of China
Me posing on a rock (or a hard place) on the Great Wall of China
A mythical creature outside the summer palace in Beijing
A mythical creature outside the summer palace in Beijing
Me next to the mythical creature statue at the Summer Palace
Me next to the mythical creature statue at the Summer Palace
A corner section of the Great Wall of China
A corner section of the Great Wall of China
A statue at the summer palace, surrounded by flowers. In Beijing.
A statue at the summer palace, surrounded by flowers. In Beijing.
Another photo of me outside the summer palace in Beijing
Another photo of me outside the summer palace in Beijing
Me again, outside the summer palace in Beijing
Me again, outside the summer palace in Beijing
The entrance to a building at the Summer Palace
The entrance to a building at the Summer Palace
The Grand Stage at the Summer Palace in Beijing
The Grand Stage at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Musicians on the Grand Stage at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Musicians on the Grand Stage at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Me standing next to the Grand Stage at the Summer Palace
Me standing next to the Grand Stage at the Summer Palace
Me sitting next to a strange rock and tree in the Summer Palace
Me sitting next to a strange rock and tree in the Summer Palace
Profile view of dancers on the Grand Stage in the Summer Palace
Profile view of dancers on the Grand Stage in the Summer Palace
Dancers on the Grand Stage in the Summer Palace, Beijing
Dancers on the Grand Stage in the Summer Palace, Beijing
Upper level of a building in the Summer Palace in Beijing. Chinese architecture.
Upper level of a building in the Summer Palace in Beijing. Chinese architecture.
Flowers and Statues in the Summer Palace, Beijing
Flowers and Statues in the Summer Palace, Beijing
And me standing next to some flowers and a statue at the Summer Palace.
And me standing next to some flowers and a statue at the Summer Palace.
Me standing next to a male lion statue at the Summer Palace
Me standing next to a male lion statue at the Summer Palace
Close-up view of the lion statue at the Summer Palace
Close-up view of the lion statue at the Summer Palace
Beside the lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Beside the lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Boats on the lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Boats on the lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing
A stone boat at the Summer Palace in Beijing
A stone boat at the Summer Palace in Beijing
Another view of the lake and surrounding hills at the Summer Palace
Another view of the lake and surrounding hills at the Summer Palace
Some palace buildings in the Summer Palace in Beijing
Some palace buildings in the Summer Palace in Beijing
Me in front of the lake at the Summer Palace
Me in front of the lake at the Summer Palace
Another photo of me by the lake at the Summer Palace
Another photo of me by the lake at the Summer Palace
The seventeen arch bridge at the Summer Palace
The seventeen arch bridge at the Summer Palace
Another view of the 17 (seventeen) arch bridge at the Summer Palace
Another view of the 17 (seventeen) arch bridge at the Summer Palace
Waiting for a boat at the Summer Palace lake in Beijing
Waiting for a boat at the Summer Palace lake in Beijing
The seventeen arch bridge and a statue of a cow. At the Summer Palace
The seventeen arch bridge and a statue of a cow. At the Summer Palace
Leaving the Summer Palace at the exit
Leaving the Summer Palace at the exit
Flowers outside the Summer Palace
Flowers outside the Summer Palace
Me about to leave the Summer Palace
Me about to leave the Summer Palace
A throne in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A throne in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A typical building in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A typical building in the Forbidden City, Beijing
Me listening to the audio tour, in the Forbidden City
Me listening to the audio tour, in the Forbidden City
A courtyard filled with people, in the Forbidden City
A courtyard filled with people, in the Forbidden City
A golden lion statue, in the Forbidden City
A golden lion statue, in the Forbidden City
Roofing in the Forbidden City, Beijing.
Roofing in the Forbidden City, Beijing.
Me in the Forbidden City gardens, by a famous pair of trees
Me in the Forbidden City gardens, by a famous pair of trees
Another view of the Forbidden City gardens
Another view of the Forbidden City gardens
A pagoda in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A pagoda in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A gate in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A gate in the Forbidden City, Beijing
A typical street within the Forbidden City, Beijing
A typical street within the Forbidden City, Beijing
Another detail view of the roofing in the Forbidden City
Another detail view of the roofing in the Forbidden City
And one more view of a roof in the Forbidden City
And one more view of a roof in the Forbidden City
Some Chinese soldiers, running through the Forbidden City
Some Chinese soldiers, running through the Forbidden City
Leaving the Forbidden City, in Beijing
Leaving the Forbidden City, in Beijing
A chef preparing food at the Beijing duck restaurant
A chef preparing food at the Beijing duck restaurant
Inside the busy Beijing duck restaurant
Inside the busy Beijing duck restaurant
A blurry view of Beijing, taken from our minibus
A blurry view of Beijing, taken from our minibus
A Beijing street scene at night.
A Beijing street scene at night.
Another typical Beijing street scene... skyscrapers and poor people
Another typical Beijing street scene... skyscrapers and poor people
A view of Beijing, looking quite modern, from our car.
A view of Beijing, looking quite modern, from our car.
Life outside of Beijing. Taken on our way to the Ding Ling tomb.
Life outside of Beijing. Taken on our way to the Ding Ling tomb.
Me standing outside the entrance to the Ding Ling Tomb, near Beijing
Me standing outside the entrance to the Ding Ling Tomb, near Beijing
A blue / green screen at the Ding Ling tomb, near Beijing
A blue / green screen at the Ding Ling tomb, near Beijing
A bird sitting in a tree, at the Ding Ling tomb.
A bird sitting in a tree, at the Ding Ling tomb.
The Emperor's stone throne, underground at the Ding Ling tomb
The Emperor's stone throne, underground at the Ding Ling tomb
Going up some steps at the Ding Ling tomb, with a bunch of American tourists.
Going up some steps at the Ding Ling tomb, with a bunch of American tourists.
Me at the Ding Ling tomb near Beijing, with mountains in the background
Me at the Ding Ling tomb near Beijing, with mountains in the background
A wall and the surrounding countryside at Ding Ling tomb.
A wall and the surrounding countryside at Ding Ling tomb.
The hot, dry mountains near to Ding Ling
The hot, dry mountains near to Ding Ling
Another photo of me with the countryside behind me. At Ding Ling tomb.
Another photo of me with the countryside behind me. At Ding Ling tomb.
A photo of me as I left Ding Ling tomb.
A photo of me as I left Ding Ling tomb.
A statue of a man on a horse that I see quite a lot when driving back to Beijing
A statue of a man on a horse that I see quite a lot when driving back to Beijing
Me at the Great Wall of China. The Beijing Olympics were only two years away.
Me at the Great Wall of China. The Beijing Olympics were only two years away.
The Chinese flag flying at the Great Wall
The Chinese flag flying at the Great Wall
The beginning of our climb up the Great Wall
The beginning of our climb up the Great Wall
A tourist getting down after posing with a camel at the Great Wall
A tourist getting down after posing with a camel at the Great Wall
Me about to climb the Great Wall of China
Me about to climb the Great Wall of China
A man sitting precariously on the edge of the Great Wall, with mountains beyond
A man sitting precariously on the edge of the Great Wall, with mountains beyond
A cart-based transport system going down the Great Wall
A cart-based transport system going down the Great Wall
The Great Wall of China, packed with people
The Great Wall of China, packed with people
A photo of me sitting on the Great Wall
A photo of me sitting on the Great Wall
Another view of the Great Wall of China, looking up
Another view of the Great Wall of China, looking up
And looking back down the Great Wall after climbing up it
And looking back down the Great Wall after climbing up it
A cable car ascending the Great Wall
A cable car ascending the Great Wall
Me standing on the Great Wall of China with mountains in the background
Me standing on the Great Wall of China with mountains in the background
Another section of the Great Wall, with cable cars on the lower right
Another section of the Great Wall, with cable cars on the lower right
Tired people struggling to climb up the Great Wall
Tired people struggling to climb up the Great Wall
And yet another view of the Great Wall, as it stretches into the distance
And yet another view of the Great Wall, as it stretches into the distance
The Great Wall of China with mountains beyond
The Great Wall of China with mountains beyond
Me looking quite tired on the Great Wall
Me looking quite tired on the Great Wall
No vehicles allowed in Tiananmen Square
No vehicles allowed in Tiananmen Square
A kite flying in Tiananmen Square
A kite flying in Tiananmen Square
Me looking slightly lost in Tiananmen Square
Me looking slightly lost in Tiananmen Square
People milling around near the Forbidden City, in Tiananmen Square
People milling around near the Forbidden City, in Tiananmen Square
A monument in Tiananmen Square.
A monument in Tiananmen Square.
Me in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao, in Tiananmen Square
Me in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao, in Tiananmen Square
Lots of people, on the approach to the Forbidden City
Lots of people, on the approach to the Forbidden City
Chinese flags flying by Tiananmen Square
Chinese flags flying by Tiananmen Square
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