It is a wonder that the world can contain so many characters, cultures, colours and life. Every country, city, town and place is made up of a spectacular spectrum of faces and feelings that seem impossible to capture or describe. Beijing, it seems, is no different from any place in this regard…
A man works on the paving, chipping, chiselling and hammering a block into its perfect place.
Afternoon light falls on the face of a lady wearing the silk and soft satin of traditional Chinese dress.
A gardener and a sweeper share a conversation before the Great Wall.
A man in a US Army Airborne uniform tucks into some KFC during his break from maintenance work on the Great Wall of China.
An elderly woman whizzes up some steep steps of the Great Wall of China.
An elderly pair pause at the top of the stairs as they catch their breath and some afternoon sun.
A trio take a moment to rest on the Great Wall, and one man tries to photograph the group of Westerners that have gathered in the area.
The streets are not owned by cars alone, but rickshaws, motorcycles and sweepers.
Amid the madness of the market, a man crouches with curiosity to page through a book.
A woman sits among a display that remembers Chairman Mao.
The market has exhausted the man who sleeps among his books.
An artist smiles as she stands among the display of her Chinese paper cuttings.
Zodiac signs, individual posters and personalised designs are available for purchase.
One man sleeps and another eats noodles as the life of the market passes by.
Beneath an umbrella and before a blanket covered in trinkets and treasures, a woman sits waiting to barter.
Fierce street fashion is found at a bus stop.
A construction worker takes a nap in the middle of his project.
The restaurant beside the street is a scene of food, faces and scents.
Professor Xie Tao gives a presentation on the paradoxes of China in the Beijing Foreign Studies Institute.
Would you like to see the faces and hear the stories in and around Xi’an? Would you like to have an adventure in the Muslim Quarter, or in the morning?
Or would you like to find the he(art) of China?