We may be snowless this winter here in the Twin Cities, but there was snow in the mountains outside of Beijing earlier this month. Dutch photographer Tom van Dillen captured the beauty of the Great Wall under a blanket of snow with his drone: Wow! Related Posts: The Great Wall by Drone A Miniature Great […]
The Great Wall by Drone
When I lived in Beijing, one of my favorite things to do was go to take visitors to the Great Wall in the mountains outside of the city. There are a few designated Great Wall tourist sites, but I also enjoyed exploring some of the unrestored and undeveloped sites as well. But I never did […]
Friday Photo: The Wall in Spring
If I were in Beijing this month, I’d definitely make a trip to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. I never tired of going there, especially in the Spring. Here’s why: Related Posts: A Miniature Great Wall Where Did the Wall Go? Port-a-potties at the Wall Wham! Bam! Beijing! (circa 1985) Fall Wall The Great Wall: […]
A Miniature Great Wall
….or so it seems. I’m a sucker for the photography technique called “tilt-shift,” in which the subject of a photo or film appears to be in miniature. The YouTube Channel Little Big World has several tilt-shift videos on China, including this one called “Little Big Wall of China.” (email readers, click here to watch the […]
The Great Wall — Fact or Fantasy?
Whenever I take visitors to one of the Great Wall tourist sites outside of Beijing, I have to break the news to them that the Wall is not visible from space, nor is it one complete wall stretching from west to east. The disappointment is usually palpable. It turns out that there are quite a […]
Where did the Wall Go?
Well, it seemed like a reasonable idea. Due to time constraints, we would take our group of 60+ new teachers to the Great Wall at Badaling instead of Mutyianyu in the afternoon. Since it is closer, we could get up, climb a bit, then make it back into town before the dreaded Friday evening rush […]