Friday Photo: Summer Palace Bridge (then and now)

Even though I am on my way to Beijing today, part of me wishes that I were in London to visit the Asian Art in London event. One of the exhibits this year is a collection of photos of Beijing taken in the 1870’s and 1880’s. Here’s a description of the event, as reported by BBC:

Photographs of Peking, now known as Beijing, made by Thomas Child in the 1870s and 1880s are to go on show in London’s Chinatown as part of Asian Art in London season.

More than 30 original photographs from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection, the largest holding of historical photographs of China in private hands, are included in the show. During two decades as a resident, Child documented life in the city with his camera.

The BBC also included a few of the photographs, which I studied with great interest. The one that really caught my eye was this one of the moon bridge at the Summer Palace:

photo by Thomas Child

photo by Thomas Child

Here’s why:

summer palace

I took this photo of the very same bridge in May of 2006! It’s always been one of my favorites!

Summer Palace in Spring

Time for another old photo post. This one was taken in 2002, so it isn’t actually that old.  But it’s one of my favorites, so I thought I’d share it. The view is from from the temple at the top of Longevity Hill, situated on the northern shore of Kunming Lake inside the Summer Palace grounds in Beijing.   It is facing west towards the Fragrant Hills. This is a 20 minute bike ride from where I live.

Consider it proof that we do, on occasion, have gorgeous days in Beijing!