Photo: Duck, Duck . . . Well, Duck.
Farm animals in the city.
 
On our arrival in Beijing in April of 2009, we were bused across the enormous metropolis to a restaurant which, we were told, is where the government takes dignitaries such as presidents, prime ministers and royalty when they visit Beijing. The specialty of the house is Peking Duck, and I must say, it was delicious!

The ducks (for UrbanSnap) are the white neon characters in the lower left, and the stylized characters around the perimeter of the big sign.

+Urban Snap  #urbansnap   Curated by +Sam Beard and +Kristine Ward 

#Travel   #China   #Beijing
Photo: Imperial Summer Palace, Beijing
Photo: They Reached For The Sun
but they never left the ground.

Peonies at the The Imperial Summer Palace, Beijing - April 2009

The peony is the unofficial national flower of China, so it is rare to see a public garden or temple grounds that does not have peonies. They grow in several different forms- some are like typical garden flowers on thin stems, some grow on short shrubs, and these were on tree-like plants four to six feet tall. The larger branches are two to three inches in diameter. 

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Photo: Boat of Purity and Ease
or, "He wants a boat made of what??

The Marble Boat doesn't actually float. It is a pavilion built to resemble one, complete with imitation paddle wheels. The upper 'deck' structures are made of wood and painted to look like marble, but the base is real stone. Ah, the life of an emperor!

April 2009
Processed with Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro 2, Topaz Detail 2.

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Photo: The Castle
The Summer Palace, Beijing - April 2009

On our first day in Beijing we were taken by bus to the Imperial Summer Palace. This is a quite large complex, bigger- I think- than the Forbidden City. It is situated beside a lake, and the surroundings are quite beautiful.

One interesting thing about this place: the lake is man-made- and the mountain upon which the castle sits was created from the soil and rocks that were dug out of the ground to create the lake. Now that's a landscape project!

There's another version of this photo in the China album, but I decided to take another run at it, since both Photoshop(CC) and its plugins are much improved in helpful technology since I did the previous one.

There were problems with the original raw file stemming primarily from the tiny sensor in the camera. That, and my marginal skills. D'Oh! Good thing I know a bit about #PhotoshopCC !

Used in this production were #TopazDenoise3 , #Nik   #Viveza , and #TopazAdjust5 .
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Duck, Duck . . . Well, Duck.
Farm animals in the city.

On our arrival in Beijing in April of 2009, we were bused across the enormous metropolis to a restaurant which, we were told, is where the government takes dignitaries such as presidents, prime ministers and royalty when they visit Beijing. The specialty of the house is Peking Duck, and I must say, it was delicious!

The ducks (for UrbanSnap) are the white neon characters in the lower left, and the stylized characters around the perimeter of the big sign.

+Urban Snap  #urbansnap   Curated by +Sam Beard and +Kristine Ward 

#Travel   #China   #Beijing

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