And another nice 360° image. This time of a shopping street in Beijing.
And another nice 360° image. This time of a shopping street in Beijing.
Here a nice 360° of Shanghai Railway Station. its huge!!!
I went to the Olympic Park and visit the “Bird Nest”. This was the stadium where the opening of the Olympics in 2008 started. Its a impressive building, from the outside but also from the inside. Its huge, but feels small. I walked around and went also to the top to see the whole area. It was amazing to stand there, ok it’s not the premiere feeling of a opening, but still… We saw it on TV, we saw the firework and now im standing there.
After my Olympic Park visit i went too 2 temples: Lama Temple and Temple of heaven. Both very crowded with people. And seems i was the only white guy around there. The temples where colored so nice, and everywhere people pray, and give money to the buddha. When i was in temple of heaven 2 times people want on a photo with me, so i was the only white guy there, and a new attraction was born…
This morning went to Shanghai Railway Station to take the High-Speed train to Beijing. The ride was perfect. I bought a 1st class ticket and had almost my own cabin haha. The train will stop several times between Shanghai and Beijing and the whole journey took 7 hours. I shoot some images of the locations and now you have a little impression what i saw the whole day.
A cup of coffee cost 2,- euro, so thats normal. After u arrived at Beijing South a bought a metro card. When you know the metro system in other big cities, then every metro in every city is easy. Sometimes you have to ask something. There was a short part of the route with a old part of metro. So no signs, no map, nothing. I had to ask for it.
After i arrive at my hotel i booked my excursion to Great wall, costs 39,- euro. Pickup from hotel to Great wall, a guide, and when i arrive at Great Wall i will use a cablecar to get higher in te mountains. But you will see the images later.
Now below you can see some images i took in the train. Ohh im so happy with my Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. The train had a speed of 305km/hour. And all my images are sharp 😀
I went to the old city of Shanghai… Was difficult the find it because all small streets are filled with people and little shops. You have to look very well to see the beauty of this location. This location was build in the “Ming Dynasty” by a rich family the Pan-clan. It has been destroyed several times: Opium War, Taiping Protest.
They renovated all and you can see this, because it look old but it isn’t. Its ok, now we have a idea how it was in that period.
I was at my hotel, little relaxing and i saw a very nice oppertunity to shoot Shanghai Skyline in a different way. The sun and sky was so nice, i shoot some images and this one is the best. I love the colors, and you can still see the buildings and know its Shanghai.
At moment of my stay in Hong Kong the weather was not best. So i had to struggle with clouds and took me some time to create this image.
Again, original one is huge in file size so to see the full version: Download link
Pixels: 12185 x 3727 (45,4MP)
What a cold evening. but i went to the “Bund” where you have the beautiful view of the famous Shanghai Skyline. I did a well done Panorama image of this nice place. But because its a huge image i share it using a download link from Dropbox: Download Link
Original File information:
Size: 645 MB
Pixels: 20074 x 5940 (119,2 MP)
Here some nice 360° images of Hong Kong:
So, first morning in Shanghai. It was a very unpleasant start. I arrived at my hotel in Huangpu District. Went to my room and with every step i feel more and more sad. Smell was like shit, the smell of wet dogs, 100 of them in 1 room. I opened my room and was almost crying. This was not the view how Hotels.com show the room. Was sitting on my bed and look around. Took some images because i want this for my memory (i’ll create a book of everything).
After 30minutes i decide to check-out and booked in meanwhile a other hotel. The reservation was ok. But because of my lost of my Macbook and the Payment of my Hong Kong Hotel and some other payments i knew my CreditCard limit was almost there. But ill took a taxi and went to “Novotel Shanghai”. Arrived there and explain everything (Thanks god they talk little bit english). It was no problem at all and they make a deposit of the amount i had on my CreditCard. At my room i called Rabobank and they give me the instructions to transfer money from my normal account to my Credit Card so i can use it when needed.
For now im at my hotel room, not coming out this day. Have to settle, have to be relax about this. I know problems are everywhere and you can solve it out. Im gonna edit my images, my panorama’s and my 360 degrees images. Next post will be a post of my Hotel in Hong Kong of “99 Bonham Hotel” that was a nice one! Loved it. Cheers
First 4 images was my previous hotel in Shanghai.
Below you see a 360 degrees of my current hotelroom.
Yesterday i went into HongKong with a local friend. He showed me the district called : Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀). Before i stared my journey i was planned to book a hotel at this district. Im so happy i didn’t book there. Wherever you walk there lots of Indian people who ask to all the caucasians if they need a room or taxi. The crowd is huge. Every street every restaurant is full of people. I was so lucky i booked my hotel on Hong Kong Island. Thats the better place to stay and walk around. My local friend told me also lot of people who lives on the island almost never goto the other side of the river.
To reach the Tsim Sha Tsui you can use the MTR or Ferry. The Ferry is nice to do, you will also passed by Apple Store IFC Hong Kong. In the Tsim Sha Tsui District there are streets with only electronics, or camera equipment, or dry food. Its funny to see that this is centralized.
After a long day we went back and drop my camera and went to a Japanese restaurant. It was delicious! All the breakfast and dinners where good. Prices are between 50-150 HK$.
When you visit HongKong and walk around on the island you will think whats going on here. All small streets seems so old and bad condition. But its stil the upper class location. In every street you can find restaurants and places to buy food.
At the end i went to Hong Kong Station and used the Airport Express Shuttle. It will stop on different locations and will bring you easy and fast to Airport Express Train Station. Within 24minutes you will be on the Airport. When you arrive you can buy a 2way Airport Express ticket include 3 days free use of MTR for 350 HK$.
I went to the Ngong 360 cablecar terminal to see the Po Lin-Monastery and the Buddha. TIP: Go early, in morning. I waited almost 1,5 hours before i was in the cablecar. But it was worth it! The view was beautiful and you have a nice for view over the human made island for Hong Kong Airport. After a ride of 15-20minutes i reaced Po Lin-Monastery. The feeling was excellent. People pray everywhere or give a sign to the Buddha. I had my photography equipment with me and the stair was long, hard and suffering to get on top to see the Buddha. It was a huge statue and i felt so minuscule. After visiting this place i went back. Was so tired of all impressions i went directly to my Hotel. I took a shower and get some dinner.
It was a experience !!! I was at the “New Bridge Rd” near my hotel. Crowd of people waiting for the countdown, Dragon dancers entertain the people. Most of the people are tourists. Some locals told me that the Chinese community are at home and watch the countdown on television.
It was also the first use of my lens i bought weeks ago. A Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and its amazing what i can do now!!
Shoot night shots without a tripod. Ok off course its better to use, but when objects moving you can setup your camera well so its not needed.
It was a great night. I loved it, I enjoyed it, I was there!
Chinese New Year is coming!! From 8 to 9 february we gonna celebrate it. My hotel is 1 minute walk from the entertainment. This evening they had a rehearsal for the television. Also the winners of “The Voice of” where here. In Chinatown you can see lot of decoration and at last moment the sellers of food, cookies etc etc try to sell the new year eve stuff. Below you will have the visual view of this all !!
Also all seats on all flights are done now. Not most important, but when you select the right one you will have a comfortable flight.
I always select a seat at the end of the plane. And next to path. You can easily go out your seat and have a little stretch in front of the exit.