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Photo Briefs: Beijing

Student shares scenes from China

         Editors Note: Danielle Held, a 20-year-old junior, has spent the semester studying at Loyola’s Beijing Center in Beijing, China. The International Studies and Communication double major shares several photos and facts from her time abroad.

Being in China means witnessing a motley blend of the old and the new.  In the capital of China, Beijing Center students can take the subway or bus and arrive at Sanlitun’s bar street in 30 minutes: On a two-week excursion to Yunnan Province, we hiked along rice terraces that were carved into the hills thousands of years ago. There is a palpable sense that China, especially Beijing, is adopting western customs, yet there is still a deep sense of culture and what it means to be “Chinese.” With over 5,000 years of history and tradition, China is a hard topic to broach in only four months and I have yet to truly understand the country. The language, the politics and the use of chop sticks all have their quirks, and I feel honored that I could spend 18 weeks trying to figure it all out. Along the way I took a few  — well, a few thousand — photos to try to explain what China is like to those back home, and this is just a tiny glimpse of what such a huge nation has to offer.

All photos and captions by Danielle Held

Beijing’s art community can be found in the 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District. Art galleries are housed in decommissioned military factories in the area, but visitors can see art everywhere they look: this sculpture was hanging from the roof of one of the former factory buildings.
Beijing’s art community can be found in the 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District. Art galleries are housed in decommissioned military factories in the area, but visitors can see art everywhere they look: this sculpture was hanging from the roof of one of the former factory buildings.
Worse than the El during rush hour - Beijing’s subways are notorious for huge crowds. Last month, 10 million passenger trips were recorded in a single day, over three times the population of Chicago according to the Beijing Municipal Transportation Commission.
Worse than the El during rush hour – Beijing’s subways are notorious for huge crowds. Last month, 10 million passenger trips were recorded in a single day, over three times the population of Chicago according to the Beijing Municipal Transportation Commission.
A local welcome - China has more than 50 ethnic minorities, and many can be found in Yunnan Province. Here, the Yi people sing and dance to greet their visitors. For this occasion, the women wear traditional dress and dance using a cloth dragon.
A local welcome – China has more than 50 ethnic minorities, and many can be found in Yunnan Province. Here, the Yi people sing and dance to greet their visitors. For this occasion, the women wear traditional dress and dance using a cloth dragon.
Rice terraces - The most famous image of rural China may be its rice terraces. The rice paddies extend hundreds of feet up the mountains, and some people believe that rice was first grown and cultivated in this area of Yunnan Province. Here, students at the Beijing Center are precariously balanced on the edge of one of the terraces. And yes, some people did fall in, but unfortunately there is no photographic evidence of it.
Rice terraces – The most famous image of rural China may be its rice terraces. The rice paddies extend hundreds of feet up the mountains, and some people believe that rice was first grown and cultivated in this area of Yunnan Province. Here, students at the Beijing Center are precariously balanced on the edge of one of the terraces. And yes, some people did fall in, but unfortunately there is no photographic evidence of it.
The Forbidden Starbucks - It’s hard to understand how big the Forbidden City is until you visit. The Forbidden City, where the imperial court used to live, lies in the center of Beijing and contains almost a thousand buildings. One of the buildings even has a Starbucks.
The Forbidden Starbucks – It’s hard to understand how big the Forbidden City is until you visit. The Forbidden City, where the imperial court used to live, lies in the center of Beijing and contains almost a thousand buildings. One of the buildings even has a Starbucks.

 

 

 

 

 

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