WGM x China Part Deux / by Randy Ortiz

On to part two (about time right!?) of our China trip photos, it took me a bit but they're here! These shots are from Tiananmen Square, inside the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, The Great Wall and a few miscellaneous shots I like to sprinkle in here and there. As with every vacation I like to take shots outside our hotel windows, this time I had no tripod with me but made due. We saw soo many patterns/artwork both organic and man made that I had to show some and included a few here. By the way... The Great Wall was awesome but I ended going up the steepest side by myself and damn near thought I was about to collapse haha.

The day of our visit to The Great Wall Momma Giant wasn't feeling too well so I stayed behind with her as the rest of our group walked up. I ended up walking back to the bus then going the opposite side that our group went, not sure if that was a good idea as it was the harder path. Up the steps I went with my camera in hand and a huge ass bottle of green tea, as I grabbed in to the railing while taking that stairway shot below looking down I felt older and out of shape haha. By the time I got to the top I felt my heart heavily beating in my throat, and the thinness of oxygen wasn't helping at that height. It was only me an some other guy there both looking tired as hell... but we did it! Now as far as going down those misshaped worn out steps, there was a couple below me walking down and the guy stopped every 2-3 min. so needless to say it took me a while to get to the bottom but it was def worth going as the view (mountain shot!) was magnificent.

Tiananmen Square was insane just with the amount of people both local and tourists there at that time, it was super packed and EVERYONE was taking pictures of themselves even the military. After a walk around we headed into The Forbidden City, being that it was a imperial palace it was full of beautiful architecture and I managed (Speedlite) to snag a shot of living quarters once used. Within the Forbidden city we saw the largest stone carving depicting waves, mountains and skies full of clouds and 9 dragons with interlocking lotus flowers on the edges, and the Taihe Dian (The Hall of Supreme Harmony) along with the waterway under the three bridges and gilded lions in front of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. It's amazing to see structures the are this old and still standing in great condition, also how prized it is amongst all the people there. After that we went on a boat ride to the Summer Palace and walked thru the famous Long Corridor and a stunning Rock Garden, thank Buddha it was a day with great weather because I don't know how we would've walked for soo long.

Stay tuned for more photos from Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou coming soon, for now I hope you enjoy my blabberings and photography! I will be posting some misc. shots on my Tumblr pxl-vision as well so follow me there too.