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Beijing China

2006

Photographing in Beijing

A friend of my fathers invited me to come with her the first time she returned to Beijing in many years. It was only two years prior to the Olympics and there was a great deal of construction. Though I don't normally appreciate such forces of development it was obvious that China was on the brink of major development and that this would be a good thing for them.

It was the first time I had been to a country that was not completely up to western standards of living since I'd last been to Egypt and I found that I really liked it a great deal. The people were warm and friendly, mildly curious and extremely generous and kind. It took me only a few hours to know that I could come back here many, many times and never feel I'd seen enough. It was one of those places I could imagine spending a long time visiting.

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