Time Travel in China
A Walk Through Old Peking in 2016
I recently traveled to Japan and en route stopped for two days in Beijing.
Ever since reading John Blofeld’s City of Lingering Splendour I have been intrigued by that place, its inhabitants, and their (former) way of life. Written in the 1940ies during the era of the last emperor it is evident that much has changed and many of Blofeld’s accounts belong to a now bygone era.
I arrived on the first day of the Chinese New Year and immediately made my way to the Old City where I wandered the alleys in search of beautiful light and remnants of China’s ancient traditions.
Here’s some of what I saw.
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