Forbidden City



The sun pushes through thick clouds to lighten up the majestic Forbidden City in Beijing on a wintry December day.

Real Beijing



The real Beijing happens aside of all the beautiful temples, gardens, western like shopping malls and roast ducks in touristy restaurants.

It happens in the small lanes and alleys behind the big roads. Where life slows down, people go about their business, streets smell of delicious spices and herbs…

What love about this image – probably my favourite of all I took last week here – it shows how those real people – the ones who keep the city alive – come back home after  their day in the big office buildings lurking behind them in the background through the smog in the The old man standing there, smoking a fag; he has seen it all oh so often before.

Vastness Beijing



From Wanchun Pavilion at Jingshan Park, the highest point of Beijing, you can make out the vastness of this monster of a city – December 2016

The Great Wall



Conquering the Great Wall – the most exciting, exhilarating, breathtaking, tough, dangerous, nerve wrecking, exhausting thing I’ve ever done.

Literally climbing sheer rock walls, hanging in the air with feet nowhere to go other than to slide down the drain… but that’s only the beginning.

Once finally up at the actual thing, the wall offers challenges to overcome called “Eagle Flies Facing Upward” and “Sky Stair”. Brutal, frighting but so enormously rewarding at the same time!

Temple of Heaven



The beautiful Temple of Heaven in the southeast of Beijing bathing in golden sunlight this afternoon – December 2016

Flag Drill at Tiananmen Square



Beijing, December 2016