Permanent Vacasian

The traveller sees what he sees; the tripper sees what he has come to see. – G. K. Chesterton

Bye Bye, Beijing

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Our remaining time in Beijing, between taking care of the visa and going to Xi’an and Pingyao, was spent seeing more of the sites. There aren’t many stories to tell, so here are some photos with expanded captions instead.

Temple

Dongyue Temple.

guard

One of the guards in the main archway of Dongyue Temple.

15

Dongyue Temple had various Taoist departments with different functions. This was my favorite: Department For Implementing 15 Kinds of Violent Death.

Prayer things

Taoist prayer tags at Dongyue Temple.

Antiques market.

Panjaiyuan antiques market.

Cool poster.

Cool poster at the antiques market.

Statues.

Various “antique” statues.

You could by all kinds of mideval weapons!

You could by all kinds of medieval weapons!

Templle of heaven

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Temple of Heaven Park.

Temple of heaven

Temple of Heaven Park.

Hutong.

An hutong alleyway.

Beihi Park.

 Qianhai Lake, North of Beihai Park.

Forbidden City from Jinshan Park on another smoggy day.

Forbidden City viewed from Jingshan Park on another smoggy day.

Mao at night.

Gate of Heavenly Peace at night.

National Theater at night reflected in the surroudning pool.

The Grand National Theater at night mirrored in its reflecting pool. It’s shaped like half an egg with a reflecting pool around it. The reflection completes the shape. Truly stunning at night.

Lama Temple.

Rooftops of the Lama Temple.

One museum had a map of Beijing from centeries ago. The only part left is the Forbidden city - the square with the moat around it in the middle.

The Imperial City Museum had a diorama of Beijing at its zenith. The only parts left are the Forbidden City – the square with the moat around it – and some of the parks to the northwest.

Here we are at the National Aquatics Center (aka. Water Cube) built for the Olympic games all light up at night.

Here we are at the National Aquatics Center (aka. Water Cube) built for the 2008 Olympic Games which gets all lit up pretty at night.

The "Bird Cage" also lit up at night.

The “Bird’s Nest” also lit up at night. Might be one of the coolest structures I’ve ever seen.

Nine Dragon Gate from Beihi Park.

Nine Dragon Screen, Beihai Park.

A miserable gray day at the Sumer Palace.

A miserable gray day at the Summer Palace.

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