Birds in the Nest

Going Back to China Soon

I’ll be heading back to China… Now that I am in New Zealand, I need to figure out the process for getting my Chinese visa. I think I have to send it into the American consolate in Wellington, but not too sure! Getting visas is still such a pain… the cost isn’t the annoying thing as much as the time and procedures associated.

Daily Photo – Birds in the Nest

This is the famous “Bird’s Nest” building from the Olympics in Beijing. After the Olympics are over, these special buildings all seem a bit lonely. I know they still hold events in them from time to time, but that seems more like the exception than the rule. Also, this location is so far away from the center of the city that it is extremely inconvenient. Once you arrive to have a look, you are interested, but always thinking of getting back to the main part of the city… this gives it even more of a forlorn feeling… but maybe that is just me.

Birds in the Nest

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  • Date Taken2018-01-05 07:52:04
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  • Casper van Zyl

    Like this elevated shot of the complex. The day we were there was down below with the wind screaming and freezing cold. This is a big problem when one takes tours,one never gets shots like these,you have to go out and create them if you have the time. Wonderful City Beijing.

  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful shot Trey – I know you love going to China and hope you have a great trip! 🙂

  • Joe C.

    Ooh, I live in Beijing. When you come out here, can I tag along for any photography you do? 😀 😀 😀

  • Casper van Zyl

    lucky man

  • Do people in China speaks English ? I’m not putting China on my list because I think that I’ll have a communication problems there with people! …. Enjoy your trip Trey and nice picture like usual 🙂

    *”When people visit Jordan they can take the visa at the airport,,,, I’m just saying :P””

  • Beautiful photo to start out my Sunday. Have a wonderful day, Trey!!!

  • Wonderful point of view, Trey!

  • paulbellinger

    Hey Trey, check out the documentary about the Bird’s Nest designer Ai WeiWei, called Never Sorry. It’s on netflix. I’m sure you’re already familiar with Ai’s work, but it’s a good documentary about his political activism as well.

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • Trey Ratcliff

    Interesting- on the list – thanks! 🙂

  • I had to send my passport into the Chinese consulate in Auckland from memory, this was about 5 years ago. Might have an online system now?

  • Jim Hofman

    Stop in HK and get a same-day China visa. Plenty of things to shoot there while you’re waiting….

  • Ron Dowdell

    Some in China speak English, our guides spoke English and Mandarin, but not Cantonese, so even with Chinese on our bus the guide’s comments were all in English.
    If you are travelling outside a guided group, knowing a few Mandarin phrases and the Chinese characters that indicate washrooms would probably help.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thank you 🙂

  • I’ve been living here for a while but still get amazed how big this city can be.The good thing is there r so many things out there to be explored and shot! Bird’s nest looks so beautiful in this picture.I’m so excited to find out about this blog!Hey Trey!

  • Where abouts in China will you be going? And as always, if you need an assistant, just let me know 🙂 Would be nice to do another Photowalk like last time.

  • Guest

    Where in China will you be going? And naturally if you need an assistant, feel free to get in touch 🙂

    A photowalk like last time would be cool as well, we have them pretty frequently here in the capital.

  • myrtle

    Cool! Love the photo.
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  • Trey Ratcliff


    I’m not sure where I will be for sure, other than Beijing – we will see ! 🙂

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