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Blog: At home in Beijing

August 20, 2008 by Helena Hau  
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The Olympics brought all kinds of interesting characters to Beijing. I follow the light and try to capture the shadows that people have been neglected.

Mixed with traditions, the new Beijing is starting a new era with the Olympics.

Beijing – Feel almost like my childhood nickname which always has a special place in my drifting heart. When I walked into the hutong (little alley) where I grew up, my eyes were hungry for flashbacks; my mind was searching for memories and my heart was pounding.  A deep breath brought all sixteen years of memories back to me in a flash. Although the hutong has been modified, but the smell of dirty cooking pots mixed with fresh leaves and flowers remain the same, amazingly. The tilted lamp poles, the faded gray paint on the wall, the chipped stone lions and the molded arched roof tiles filled with broken history.

All images were taken with Nikon D3 and 24-70mm f2.8.

- Helena Hau, Imaging Specialist and multimedia journalist working the Olympics for McClatchy Co.

Beijing’s countryside is a great venture for non-typical tourists. Ancient tombs, rocky mountains, fresh market, local restaurants with homegrown vegetables, poultry and fish…

A photo journal documents everyday life in Beijing, China. Follow my footsteps, and explore the heart of my hometown.

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22 Responses to “Blog: At home in Beijing”
  1. Clay says:

    cool stuff, thanks for sharing

  2. Dori says:

    Hey, Helena. You’re doing a great job. Good writing, great pics. You make me want to visit China.

  3. David says:

    This explains a lot ;)

  4. Jillian O. says:

    Love the photos. I agree with Dori, you make me want to visit China someday.

  5. Sharon says:

    Helena, thank you for sharing your wonderful photos and words.
    “The journey is the reward.”
    The Tao

  6. Sally says:

    Hi Helena! These are so beautiful. And for those of us who are only seeing China through the eyes of NBC, these are such a stunning inside look at something other than the Olympic pool. We miss you.

  7. Jean says:

    My husband and I just returned from China. I loved seeing your photos! We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this intriguing place and getting to know the Chinese people. They are industrious and ambitious, and are genuinely kind. And, by the way, the younger generation thinks the Chinese government sucks.

  8. Larry Froelich says:

    The black & white slide show is terrific!!

  9. Pablo Alcalá says:

    Hi Helena,

    I have really enjoyed your travelogue. It’s very interesting to see Beijing from your point of view, with a foot in each world.

  10. Emily says:

    These are beautiful, Helena. You’re a great photographer.

  11. Frank Anderson, retired HL photograper says:

    Hello Helena,
    Great, Great, Great shots, makes me wish I was there. Bring me a hat from Beijing, Ray can pay you later.

  12. Andy Mead says:

    These are wonderful Helena. Thanks for posting them.

  13. Amy Crawford says:

    Helena, these photos are so sharp and striking! I shared on my facebook page, hope that was OK!

  14. Helena says:

    Thank you for your feedback. I rather have you not share my photos on your facebook page. If you like to share my images with your friends, you can use this link on your facebook page.

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