This is kind of a funny video from a LONG time ago. It’s actually one of the first videos I ever released. I’m sorry to say that I have not improved much with my communication skills in the interim.
Daily Photo – Returning to China!
I'll be back in China for several months in June! I'll be going lots of places, but I'll start here in Beijing. Besides here, I'll be visiting the Great Wall, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Tianjin. I might also stay a few extra days and go far afield to see what I can find. I do like the big cities, but I also enjoy going way out into the hinterlands to see what I can find.
By the way, this thing now has over 1.6 million views – thanks everyone! 🙂
Daily Photo – Scarlett in China on the Great Wall
“Why were the Mongols always trying to get into China?” Scarlett asked our guide. It was so cool to walk along here with my kids and have them ask all these questions. This was a very cold morning, and we were the very first people on this part of the Great Wall for the day. This is one of my favorite areas called “Mutinyu.”
In Beijing whilst the Chinese police observe… I love this photo of my two little girls at the Summer Palace after we spent the early morning hiking the Great Wall at the beginning of our 6-week trip around the world 🙂
Daily Photo – Looking Down On Beijing
Here is a view of the master-planned roadway system from the top of one of Beijing’s tallest buildings in the CBD (Central Business District). I notice something funny about the way Chinese governments name areas. They are always so literal and formally translated that there is no magic in the names. One building might be called “Tower of Office” and another would have the name “Newspaper Building”.
This video from Beijing ended up being one of my most viewed videos!
Daily Photo – Ming's Tomb
I spent a day here several hours north of the city at Ming's Tomb. Everything lies along the “Central Axis” in Beijing. That is, if you walk in a straight line out of Ming's Tomb, you'll end up going through the entrance to the Forbidden City. Actually, these tombs are a series of tombs, all oriented along the same axis — you can get a sense of this in the video above.
Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live 🙂 We did this one right BEFORE the one you saw in yesterday’s blog post with Sir Michael Hill.
We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” — Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! 🙂
More from this scene
You might remember this scene from the video below! That’s my assistant there, Adi, carrying the umbrella. Many Chinese girls carry around umbrellas to keep their skin as white as possible.
Oh, and here’s another picture when her umbrella suddenly got inverted on a windy day!
Daily Photo – Adi with Umbrella
Here we are exploring the ming tombs… In many ways, actually, in MOST ways, she was a terrible assistant. She was super duper skinny and had virtually zero arm strength. She couldn't carry my quadcopter or camera or bag or anything! She said that just carrying the umbrella exhausted her. It was the strangest thing… it was almost comical in its strangeness. It wasn't like she was malnourished or anything. She simply preferred not to carry anything because she found it tiring.
One of my favorite parts of this video below is when Alan Watts talks about China.
Daily Photo – Happy Guy in China
This was the happiest guy in the monastery! I had never been to this one before in Beijing, and I arrived on the day that all the monks we re-supplying with fresh groceries and drinks. This guy was taking all the groceries in, load after load after load. He was so happy the whole time. And then I looked what he was carrying on the last load, and it was a huge crate of Red Bull!
A few people have told me that they can’t access Stuck In Customs from mainland China. Can anyone confirm this?
Daily Photo – This guy doesn't seem so confident in his proposal
I come across so many strange wedding-photography scenes in Beijing. Each one is so quirky and funny… strange outfits, signs, props, everything you can imagine! Since I tend to visit some of the most photogenic places, so do the wedding photographers, but they're always clogging up all the scenes with these strange setups. It's not so bad, I guess… always entertaining to watch. Here's one of those in-betweener shots!
Don’t forget to check out the Aurora HDR Tips page that I created here on the site. I’ll keep adding more videos in the future! 🙂
Daily Photo – Walking through Ming's Tombs
One day in Beijing, I drove about an hour north of the city to visit Ming's Tomb. It was really a nice trip… and more like a walk in a 5km park than visiting a mausoleum or something. I expected crypts or catacombs or something with a name in “Ming's Tomb” but it was nothing like that… There were beautiful garden paths and many of these sorts of structures, all aligned along the central axis that connects everything from The Forbidden City to the Summer Palace and countless other Chinese monuments around Beijing.
If you like turn-based games, I have a suggestion! Go check out a great game from Doublefine called Massive Chalice! Okay, there’s my game suggestion for the month! 🙂
Daily Photo – Going Vertical in Hong Kong
I'm not sure there's any bad views from the top of anything in Hong Kong. You can just sort of aim the camera in a random direction, and you're good to go! I was at a rooftop bar here that had incredible views! I think I shot in all four directions and the hardest thing was choosing which photo to edit first. I do like the way this one came out very blue and Blade-Runnery.