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Walking down the fancy and crowded streets of Beijing, a very modern and impressive city to say the least, I was fascinated by the hustle and the bustle of the crowds, not to mention some of the most modern structures in the world. My curiosity however directed me to small and ofetn forgotten side streets; entire areas hidden behind the glamour of the lights and sights and the sounds. The Hutongs – entire mini-neighbourhoods within the “greater” Beijing – offer more of a fascinating world that is mostly forgotten by the hands of time.

This shot was taken at the entrance to one of these Hutongs, very close to the Forbidden City. It was a very hot hazy, muggy and cloudy day with no definition in the sky, except for that bright red circle of a sun. This scene immediately captured my eye. The locals on these little often deserted streets must have thought I was nuts (which I know I am)!

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  • BrendaForsey
    BrendaForseyover 3 years ago

    You are definitely not nuts…i love your perspective, i love the lovely trees, and the delicate branches emanating from the trunks, which seem delicate, and the red sky with the sun just shining thru..the lovely sillouehette, cant spell please forgive…is charming, and the lovely curved roofs to the houses or hotels…just beautiful, so complimentary! Well done, and a beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so much Brenda foro your comments on this photo. I am not sure however if the locals at the time agree with you (ha ha) as many of them either gave me strange looks standing behind my tripod and wondering what the hell was I doing, or mumbled some strange words that resonated with disapproval! Either way, I know I was (still am) nuts, but I thank you for your vote of confidence (LOL).

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 3 years ago

    Sadly they’ve demolished many of the hutongs in Shanghai…. Amazing communities!!

  • Thank you Wendi; that is pretty sad; all in the name of modernization I believe. They are such wonderful and innocent communities and they formulate the essence of a true Chinese community; and it would be very sad to see them disappear. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Hany

    – © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography

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