Beijinger #1

Beijinger, 北京人, riding his three-wheeled motorbike (China, 2019)


   SONY FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

   47mm  ƒ/4.5  1/640s  ISO 100

   2669 × 4000 px / 300 dpi

Beijing is a vibrant city with a rich history spanning thousands of years and having a lot to offer, starting here with its native inhabitants commonly called the Beijinger, 北京人.

The pictured Beijinger here rides the famous three-wheeled motorbike that you can encounter at every corner of the capital city of the People’s Republic of China, and more specifically here in one of the numerous hutongs area close to the famous Gulou Tower guessable at the background.

Existing since the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368), the hutongs, originally a Mongolian term meaning “water well”, are a super living labyrinth of lanes that forms the old town of Beijing. They are formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences, which were first built surrounding the Forbidden city. The courtyards of Beijing are today preserved from the modern developments (roads, trendy bars, restaurants, shops, …) and most of them are under the protection of the government.

Location Beijing