Some shots from Zhongshan park, where I’ve been practising taiji lately:
The Shichahai lakes:
The Bell Tower:
These are the last remaining parts of ‘Old Beijing’ – neighbourhoods of old hutongs, full of character, where a thriving and vibrant scene of small shops, bohemian bars, artists’ hangouts has grown up… So naturally, greedy eyes have fallen upon them; nothing in China will stop the pursuit of short-term profit, even though it means destroying the very things that created value. Soon, all this will be gone; the rich will have made more profits, leaving behind a sterile simulacrum of the creative community that once existed. The Spectacle will rein supreme in Beijing.