Sunday, January 6, 2008

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a beautiful complex of buildings in the middle of Beijing where the emperors would visit yearly to pray for good harvests. Despite the cold weather, the temple and its adjoining park attracted a lot of people including these interesting Chinese men.

I can't remember if this smoke is coming from the man's breath or his cigarette. Given that most Chinese men perpetually have a cigarette in their hands, I'm guessing the smoke was from that, although it defnitely was cold enough in Beijing in late December to see your breath.
Playing a traditional Chinese instrument called an erhu (literally meaning 2 strings)
Taking a smoke break in blatent defiance of the nearby No Smoking sign

Group picture (from left to right: Julian, Grant, me, Jonny, Peter, Huy)

My own interesting boys walking back to our rented apartment at the end of a long day- 2 Americans, 2 Canadians, and 1 New Zealander. It was quite the experience being the only girl of the group, but also quite fun. All of them are great in their own way and I was glad to spend the break with each of them.

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