Thursday, August 04, 2005

Bei Hai [North Lake] at dusk

beijing 200, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Bei Hai is one of several lakes in the centre of Beijing [the others being Back lake, or Hou Hai, which has become a bar district, and the East/South lakes - "Zhongnanhai" - which form part of the party leadership compound next to the Forbidden City and are completely off limits]. Bei Hai It is surrounded by a bit of park, and makes up one of the few green spots in the centre of the city. It's a great place to stroll at dusk, as people relax in the shadows, enjjoying the cool breeze off the water after a long hot day. It's also one of the few places you can escape the incessant traffic noise and fumes in central Beijing.

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