Over 60 stores extend from North Palace Gate entrance into a street about 300 meters (328.1 yards) in length. Along the Back Lake, the street design imitates the ancient style of shops on the banks of rivers in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, that is, taking the running water of Back Lake as the street and its banks as a market. The area served as an entertainment place where Emperors and concubines could feel as if they were strolling on a commercial street. When the royals went there, eunuchs and maids of honor would playact as peddlers, customers and shop assistants to mimic market activities.
Built during the reign of Qianlong (1711-1799), it was burned down by Anglo-French allied force in 1860. Until 1986, it was rebuilt and in 1990 it was opened to the public. Today's market includes stores such as dyers, souvenir shops, drugstores, banks, shoe stores, teashops, and hockshops, with clerks dressed in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) costumes.
This place as the whole Summer Palace is a paradise for photographers and I remember stopping literally every few minutes to take another shot. This particular one has been taken from the bridge right at the beginning of the street.
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mesutilgim (82324) 2014-01-06 2:55
Nice capture of this waterway in Beijing.
Good layout and nice reflections.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards from İstanbul
carlo62 (30583) 2014-01-06 3:06
bella inquadratura dall'alto, si può seguire la navigazione del battello in mezzo a tutti quei riflessi.
Piacevole la differenza tra la parte destra molto colorata e la sinistra più sobria, un bel contrasto visivo.
timecapturer (47486) 2014-01-06 3:23
like this! A wonderfully squashed perspective that makes the character and colour of this scene so tantalising and attractive. Superb execution and a delightful presentation.
holmertz (39529) 2014-01-06 4:25
This is a very picturesque view with fine light and beautiful colours. The houses are mirrored perfectly in the calm water. The boat contributes a lot to the composition and you placed it very well in the lower part, before it could spoil the reflections.
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2014-01-06 5:48
It’s a nice shot and you took it well. I like its composition. Also, the light is fine.
Sergiom (57821) 2014-01-06 5:49
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue . il aide à suivre du regard cette petite barque qui emprunte le canal entre ces très belles maisons. J'aime beaucoup la saturation des couleurs et la lumière.
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2014-01-06 7:37
That is incredible! I have never come across a street scene like this before, and I have never heard of this place either. It reminds me a little of the false village that Maria Antoinette had built at Versaille to pretend she was a country dweller living in a small village. Even though this was built as a place of illusion, it today creates a spectacular sight. I love how you composed the whole scene too, especially the color in the upper right corner. Cool place and capture!
dta (65000) 2014-01-06 7:54
This place is a paradise for the photographer ... or the painter . Because this composition looks like a painting . A really pleasant scene , with a subtile range of lighting .
Romano46 (16682) 2014-01-06 10:08
foto n. 4 del tuo viaggio in Cina ed altra bella visionedi una Pechino dalle mille sfaccettature.
Dopo la città proibita e la grande muraglia la Pechino che vive sull'acqua e che conserva ancora le sue antiche tradizioni e i suoi angoli meno conosciuti.
Complimenti anche per questa.
Ciao e buona settimana
ikeharel (55332) 2014-01-06 10:24
A fabulous use of the mild light over the canal, Kamila, with exquisite reflection on water.
The low angle sun-rays "penetrated" through the trees on side, and beautifully enhanced details on the houses on right side.
Fine shot, well collected.
jurek1951 (41382) 2014-01-06 10:27
to taka Wenecja dalekiego wschodu,swietny kadr i kolory,pozdrawiam
jemaflor (83014) 2014-01-06 10:47
A nice pov and an interesting photo well balnced with boat and houses, good result too with these colors, tfs.
SnapRJW (30687) 2014-01-06 10:49
Hello Kamila - What a fascinating place and your note is an excellent look into life as it was once lived here. Strange to realise that Beijing is not just a hustling modern city but still has some quite unspoiled areas like this. A lovely shot, I like your delicate touch here. Warm regards rosemary
Gigidusud (14705) 2014-01-06 10:49
Splendid place with nice colors and great reflections on the canal. A real painting! I like a lot!
cargus (8094) 2014-01-06 11:35
La lumière, la couleur et le contraste sont excellents, superbe les réflexions dans l'eau, clarté d'image très bonne, excellente…
kwekwekan (1022) 2014-01-06 17:51
A well composed and nicely timed image with the boat gliding its way into the picture. The picture is a bit washed out, but rather than being a point of critique, it creates a warm fall atmosphere to the scene that is very pleasant.
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-01-06 18:07
I love this canal shot from China.There is a lot to observe here.
Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done. TFS.
bukitgolfb301 (35236) 2014-01-06 21:28
Hi dear Kamila
Ya your China's sereis is so wonderful to see.
I am very happy that you back and stay here, I strongly hope you continue your posting as long as possible. This is full of peace and calm atmosphere of sharp / clear and great combination.
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-01-06 23:46
widze,ze wyprawa do Chin byla naprawde udana!
Kolejna super kompozycja i kolejne miejsce,ktore poznajemy dzieki tobie.
Podoba mi sie twoja prezentacja i kadr.
Rowniez ciepla kolorystyka oraz odbicia w wodzie wplywaja bardzo pozytywnie na odbior zdjecia.
claudeD (31765) 2014-01-07 5:39
very fine picture from Beijing showing this interesting scenery. Very good reflections and fine sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
With reghards from Luxembourg
Royaldevon (28449) 2014-01-07 7:42
What an interesting place to visit. So different from your native land! The bridge has proved a great vantage point for you to take the photograph. You have been able to use the boat as a guiding element into the scene, but it does not interfere with the mirror-like reflections in the water, it just propels attention between the colourful features, towards a strong vanishing point.
My warm regards,
photoray (11451) 2014-01-07 9:16
Unusual and attractive river front market with buildings mirrored in Back Lake, and touring boat cruising among the colorful details.
And an enviable place to be for photo opportunities and adventures,
abmdsudi (41998) 2014-01-07 9:16
Splendid calm view over the canal, there are lots of attractive elements with lovely speck of vivid colors with awesome almost mirror water reflections broken only by the moving canoe. Blessed by such a brilliant light and subtle shadows, well composed, excellent viewpoint with lovely diagonal touch leads all the way in. An intriguing picture very well take, a worthy early morning shot! Congrats
Oceania (4732) 2014-01-07 12:23
From your beautiful pictures, it looks like you had a delightful trip to Beijing. Nice thing about this picture is the small boat. It brings the liveliness to the picture.
ourania (29417) 2014-01-07 13:29
a very lovely and captivating view of this once exclusive setting. I like very much the irresistible depth and the abundance of details that make part of a well constructed and balanced composition. The well defined and interesting banks make a solid framing for the fragile and mesmerizing reflections. I also like the mild and natural colours as well as the way the light adorns the scenery. Superb work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
npecanhuk (63594) 2014-01-07 14:59
Very interesting and beautiful place! So colorful and full of charming details! I love those reflections on the water surface!
Lovely and very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
subhendu_bagchi (25509) 2014-01-08 2:17
incredible street, which is full with water and the vehicle in it is boat! Great composition from this Sstreet. Captured a nice moment. Great colours too. Very well done. Tfs.
COSTANTINO (53715) 2014-01-08 3:45
a different shot from the usuals
I like the houses perfectly mirrored
and the whole composition with
thousand traditional details
bravo you composed all those
have a nice evening
rbassin (17317) 2014-01-08 3:51
une magnifique photo avec de bonnes couleurs et de très beaux reflets.
pajaran (50518) 2014-01-08 7:54
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o mestu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled, trenutak sa camcem i refleksom na vodi ...
Dobar snimak, perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto i arhitektura.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about the place, with a history and description of the ...
Nice view, the moment the boat and reflection on the water ...
Good shot, perspective and contrast, beautiful colors.
Nice place and architecture.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
CLODO (29914) 2014-01-08 10:30
I like the faded colors of this "street" revealing the autumn light. it is known as the Venice of China.
i think you've made a mistake concerning the city (it's not Beijing)
happy new year
emka (76433) 2014-01-08 23:44
Nie mogłam sie jakoś zorintować, czy to Pekin, czy Suzhou? Nie pamietam tego miejsca z pałacu letniego, ale ja byłam rok p[rzed Olimpiadą i duzo obiektów bylo zamknietych. bardzo ładny widok.
Kielia (23287) 2014-01-09 8:28
you are presenting a fantastic impression of this fascinating place by the river and a very beautiful and poetic image. The composition is excellent. The gentle light and the moody colors are also very pleasant. My compliments!
adramad (36959) 2014-01-09 9:19
A wonderful scene in this city of canals, superb POV with houses on the canal, with a secure foundation concrete, charming the boat in the foreground and beautiful reflections on the water.
Very pretty color, which gives a lot of life to the image.
A magnificent brightness management, sharpness also
is perfect for enjoying the details.
Very well done.
Have a good day.
Cricri (104461) 2014-01-09 10:19
C'est Venise en Chine :-) c'est très beau avec le bateau , les reflets, la douceur de la lumière, une très jolie présentation
Silvio1953 (119639) 2014-01-09 11:58
Ciao Kamila, great view of lovely place, fascinating reflections, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (30084) 2014-01-09 13:29
rzeczywiscie miejsce wyglada na bardzo fotogeniczne. Pelno ciekawych tradycyjnych dekoracji plus odbicia w wodzie no i uchwycilas jeszcze lodz plynaca srodkiem.
Bardzo atrakcyjna kompozycja, kolorystyka dokola typowo jesienna.
Graal (96450) 2014-01-10 23:33
fajna wycieczke mialas, do dalekich Chin. Interesujace miejsce pokazujesz, dobry strzal, ciekawa notka. Podoba mi sie tutaj
SWEETFREEDOM (22286) 2014-01-11 0:19
nice p.o.v. with a view over these characteristic boats and houses.
josepmarin (57693) 2014-01-12 5:07
the soft atmosphere of this place, that seems very calm and peaceful, is caught well in your shot.
The POV is well chosen, the graphical quality of the elements is high, the perspective gives a good depth sense in the ensemble, and the light and colours are managed exquisitely.
I love the beautiful reflections on the river.
It's a great work.
ruisc_pt (10527) 2014-01-12 12:17
This is a very awesome image with an outstanding light and amazing composition.
rigoletto (34255) 2014-01-13 7:58
hi kamila. great series from china, i mean, "the china of my dreams". been there twice, but only for business purposes, so, unfortunately, only to shanghai. you know, shanghai is anything but typical china... this view is so nice, many things over there should be quite new and renovated, but who cares. the whole view takes us back to one thousand years ago.
Waylim (25182) 2014-01-20 18:24
A very lovely photo of this very exotic location. I was not here on my recent trip, but I was in another one similar. Love the reflection and the boat leading us in. A very poetic image with good quality and composition, and a good daily life image showing the charming quality of small old Chinese village.
serp2000 (39250) 2014-02-03 4:30
I just can imagine the Chinese traditional music, as a background for this scene. )) Very nice composition, I don't rememeber this place in Beijing. Good presentation and very informative note.
ebingul (1898) 2014-02-18 8:40
Great composition from a well chosen POV with nice perspective and beautiful reflections.Well done and best regards.
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8095)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-06 2:25