Chopsticks and Travel Shoes

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My name is Lizbeth. Grab a panda and join me as I leave Las Vegas in pursuit of adventure in China's tea houses, classrooms, dirt roads, and industrial cities. I shoot with a Nikon D3100 and am sharing my journey through it's lens.

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5 Secrets to Taking Better Travel Portraits

Matador has some pretty handy photography-related articles.
Gearing up for photography class next semester! 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I don’t doubt that eventually, my body will acknowledge that it is no longer residing in China and will therefore behave as a body in Pacific Standard Time should behave.

Until then, I greet the hours of 4, 5, and 6am with an annoyed but accepting disposition. The one bright side: here’s another pocket of time for me to populate your Tumblr dashboard! 

These photos are from my flights beginning in Beijing, laying over in Los Angeles, and arriving in Las Vegas. I am always keen on neighboring the window, as I couldn’t snap away otherwise. 

My flight was rather strange though. Usually one wakes up under sunlight. Somewhere between ten and fifteen hours later, they fall asleep in its absence. I left the hotel in Beijing around 8am a few days ago, and was accompanied by sunlight for about 28 hours after. When you travel backwards as I did (hopping 13 out of the world’s 24 time zones in the opposite direction) you follow the sun as it provides mornings and afternoons to a variety of different people. 

Here I am now nearly a week later, still trying to reset my internal clock.
Good night… and good morning.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

再见,北京。

My last night in Beijing was marked by memories of tranquility, exploration, great food, and friendly people. After days of climbing walls and exploring palaces, I was left with one night to finish souvenir shopping and take in as much of China before my departure. I decided to spend the day alone for the most part, avoiding staying in and eating Western food with fellow travelers. It was a fantastic day from sunrise to sundown. 

After having a good cup of coffee, I ventured over to the 798 art district with the resident director of my program. I spent hours in the company of peaceful but colorful streets and inspring art. I returned and relaxed in my hotel room before heading out to find dinner. I headed over to a little home-style Chinese food restaurant adjacent to the hotel and asked the waitress for some noodles. I’m so glad I did, because those were some of the best noodles I’ve ever had. Splendidly cooked and paired with meat sauce and thinly sliced vegetables. Perfection.

I walked down 前门路 and spent another couple hours rummaging through a variety of shops in search of worthy souvenirs. It offered me the opportunity to engage with Beijing locals and observe the city after dark. One of my last stops was at a famous tea store which my resident director had recommended earlier that day. 

I walked in just to peruse, and ended up engaged in tea conversation with one of the assistants. I decided to buy some Jasmine, oolong, and black tea and my new friend offered to give me a taste test before I bought them. We sat and chatted at the tea table for a while. I told her I was ready to purchase a few items, but instead she brewed more water, bought me cookies, and asked if I would like to stay and chat with her because she really enjoyed talking to me. 

I think that was the perfect end to Beijing. Basically a private tea ceremony with a friendly local, being able to actually converse in Mandarin for 40 minutes. 

The Beijing Series - The 798 Art District (Part 6)

Sculptures, Statues, and Art

The Beijing Series - The 798 Art District (Part 7)
Apparently, it is very important that you do not view Kung Fu Panda 2.

The Beijing Series - The 798 Art District (Part 7)

Apparently, it is very important that you do not view Kung Fu Panda 2.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Beijing Series - The 798 Art District (Part 1)

This enormous art district in Beijing is a wonderful zone of impressive architecture, design, paintings, sculptures, knick-knacks, and outright creativity. You can find anything from tiny indie coffee shops, little studios with hand made crafts and paintings, and large-scale galleries featuring famous artists. The blocks are lined with vibrant colors, political graffiti, and random statues. 

Besides The Great Wall, this was definitely my favorite part of Beijing. I wandered the District alone, which afforded me the ability to walk at my own pace, wander in my own thoughts, and photograph as I pleased. The air was cool and refreshing, and the ground was kissed with post-rain glimmer.

The Beijing Series - The Summer Palace Grounds (Part 1)

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Beijing has been incredible so far. Since our arrival on Monday, we’ve traversed the Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, The Summer Palace, The Ming Tombs, The Pearl Market, and The Silk Market.
As usual, I have quite a bit to say and many pictures to share. I hope to get it all polished and posted soon but until then, here’s Tiananmen Square.

Beijing has been incredible so far. Since our arrival on Monday, we’ve traversed the Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, The Summer Palace, The Ming Tombs, The Pearl Market, and The Silk Market.

As usual, I have quite a bit to say and many pictures to share. I hope to get it all polished and posted soon but until then, here’s Tiananmen Square.

 
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