Pékin

Beijing, China

It is freezing cold in the park this December morning. People hurry. December 2004. Il fait un froid glacial dans le parc ce matin de décembre. Les gens se dépêchent. Décembre 2004.

Pékin

Beijing, China

In the gloomy lights, ticket controllers have not yet been replaced by punching machines. Only the L’Oréal poster with a blond model shows that things may change in Beijing. December 2004. Sous un éclairage glauque, les contrôleuses de tickets n’ont pas encore été remplacées par des machines à composter. Seule l’affiche L’Oréal avec un mannequin…

Beijing

Beijing, China

The number of Beijing hutongs (narrow alleys) has dropped dramatically as the authorities demolish them to make way for new roads and buildings. Some hutongs have now been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history. December 2004. Le nombre d’hutongs (allées étroites) à Pékin a chuté dramatiquement…

Pékin

Beijing, China

The Yonghe Temple (meaning Palace of Peace and Harmony in Chinese) is also known as the « Lama Temple ». It is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing. Tibetan monks have been living there since the early 18th century December and have survived the Cultural Revolution. December 2004. Le Temple Yonghe…

Beijing, China

Travelers say the city of Beijing has changed a lot because of the Olympics. I am afraid the districts of the narrow streets and small houses, called « hutongs » have gone. I am not sure you would still see peddlers today. December 2004. Les voyageurs disent que la ville de Pékin a beaucoup changé à cause…

Beijing, China

Winters can get very cold in Beijing. Ponds and lakes get frozen and the locals enjoy walking through them. You may use skates but you also often see people renting old wooden school chairs. These chairs become sleds on ice. January 2005. Les hivers peuvent être très rudes à Pékin. Les étangs et les lacs gèlent et les locaux aiment les…

Beijing, China

Modernity takes over the city of Beijing. Only the Forbidden City, Mao’s giant portrait and the guard have remained timeless. December 2004. La modernité s’empare de la ville de Pékin. Seuls la Cité Interdite, le portrait géant de Mao et le garde restent hors du temps. Décembre 2004.