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Sunny Beijing | Early Spring 2017

The early spring here in Beijing has been blessed with some days with clear blue sky - not so great for moody photography, but great for some longer walks around the city and some sunshine pictures.

The year of the Rooster

The Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival or Chun Jie, is the biggest holiday of the year in Beijing and China of cause. Temple fairs were originally related to the religious activities of these temples, organized at the festivals of temples on certain fixed dates, along with some commercial activities.

Whale watching | Kaldfjorden, Troms

Whale watching in Kaldfjord just outside Tromsø.

The Summer Palace | Beijing

The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, China. It served as a summer resort and later a more permanent residence for Empress Dowager Cixi.

The Egg | Beijing

Originally named the National Grand Theatre and officially known as The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing’s ovoid opera house is locally referred to as ‘The Egg’.

Evening | Beijing

Some evening pictures taken this spring - Qianmen and the Zhengyangmen Gate, The Place and finally China World Trade Center Tower III.

Spring | Beijing

Springtime in Beijing can be sandstorms or high blue sky with puffy clouds. This year it has been more of the puffy clouds than the sandstorms.

The start of 2015

2015 in pictures....

303 km/h

Chinese landscape in 303 km/h. Going back to Beijing on the Bullet train. These are all from Jiangsu province. The greenish tint on the windows combined with the sunset and fog/smog added an interesting feel to these pictures.

Forbidden City | Sunset in December

Close to the exit of the Forbidden City and the entrance to Jingshan Park you find the walls of the Forbidden City with watchtowers behind a water moat.

Beijing | People

“The city's full of people who you just see around.” ― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms

Beijing | Backstreets

You are never many meters away from an interesting backstreet in Beijing.

Beijing | Cityscapes

“A city isn’t so unlike a person. They both have the marks to show they have many stories to tell. They see many faces. They tear things down and make new again.” ― Rasmenia Massoud, Broken Abroad

Panjiayuan Marked | Beijing

What started as a backwater market allowed to be opened for the public in the glory days of Deng Xiaoping's market reforms in the late 1980's and 1990's has developed to become Beijing's leading antiques market.

Temple life | China

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." - Dalai Lama

Shangrila | Yunnan | China

The town is split between Tibetan and ethnic Han residents, as well as a fair smattering of Naxi, Bai, Yi and Lisu, with the surrounding countryside entirely Tibetan.

Lijiang | Yunnan | China

Lijiang was the political, commercial and cultural center for the local Naxi people and other ethnic groups for 400 years from the year 658 AD to 1107 AD

Yangzhou | Jiangsu | China

Yangzhou is historically one of the wealthiest of China's cities, known at various periods for its great merchant families, poets, painters, and scholars.

Pingyao | Shanxi | China

Pingyao was the financial centre of China. Its history dates back some 2,700 years, and is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the known world.

Norway | Nature

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. A. Einstein