On the streets of Beijing

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The streets of Beijing, full of people, cars, trucks, and a million or two bicycles. Much construction; new offices, street-work, men sleeping on the building-sites to wake up at work; families of one child, so precious it shines as they hold hands in the street

Tiannamon Square,
no kites today


and cars

Houses and streets and shops

Strange fruit

I once had a book of round-the-world fairy tales, with a story of magic gourds growing on a roof. Now I've seen them... waited and waited for them to open and reveal the silk and golden treasures and the army of fighting men, but I guess it was too early, the gourds haven't ripened yet
50 percent of Beijing's population still live in the traditional Hutong houses; one-floor homes built around a central courtyard; doorways from the streets and alleys of a traditional form

Anything and everything can and is transported by bicycle

Choose a can, any can...

The yellow-and-green wastebins have replaced baskets, but only in the business areas... Coca-Cola is worldwide... signs and notices, some recognisable, some not

One side is for recycling, one is not. Which?

Yellow is the colour of the Emperor, so who is this?

A street map in Chinese and English, and sign language, banknotes and smiles and grimaces... you can get by...
No the whole world does not speak English. Didn't you know?

All text and images copyright Alison Toon.