Monday, October 21, 2013

Northern Capital, Western Peace - A Sketchpacker's Diary (2/2)

Continued from Part 1.

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The Great Wall at Mutianyu

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The Great Wall at Mutianyu

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I meant to finish this sketch of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
in the evening light after getting back, but decided to leave it as a
reminder that once the moment is lost, sketching it would never be the same...

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Waiting for our train...

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High speed train from Beijing to Xi'an

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Ticket of Xi'an City Walls and sketch of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (大雁塔)

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The Bell Tower (钟楼) and Drum Tower (鼓楼)of Xi'an

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The Great Mosque. This is the only on-site sketch I did in Xi'an because
the rest of the time I was either on tour or with another bunch of tourists.

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The Muslim Quarter

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Forest of Stone Stelae (碑林) Museum

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Terracotta Army of Qin Shihuang and Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum

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Xi'an night tour

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Shaanxi History Museum artifacts
The museum gives out 4000 free tickets a day.

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Han Yang Ling (汉阳陵), tomb of Emperor Jingdi

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The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (祈年殿) in the Altar of Heaven Park (天坛公园)

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Buildings and structures around the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
and Circular Mound Altar (圆丘)

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Things around the Imperial Vault of Heaven (皇穹宇)

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Left: Information on China's music history one one panel
in the Divine Music Administration
Right: People exercising and playing shuttlecock in the Altar of the Sun park (日坛公园)

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Left: Stone boat at Altar of the Sun Park
Right: Lunch at Qianmendajie and Dazhalan, including
siew mai (a kind of dumplings) from the famed 都一处

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Left: My loot from Liulichang (琉璃厂)
Right: Chinese Christian paper cutting of Christ's resurrection

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Waiting for our flight back

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I guess that's all, folks! I hope you enjoyed the sketches and travelogue (I actually kept a separate notebook for a more detailed travelogue), and found the information in the links useful. Hope this also inspires you to keep your own travel sketchalogue! This is one souvenir that you can never get anywhere else!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Northern Capital, Western Peace - A Sketchpacker's Diary (1/2)

I've scanned my sketchbook from my China trip to Beijing and Xi'an. There are a total of 43 two-page spreads, so I'll split them into 2 posts. This is the first half.

Not all the pages are of my sketches, though. Several are just tickets and receipts of places visited, and a few pages are of writings. For the most part I used an A5 Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook (all the portrait format ones). The 2 landscape format sketches of the Forbidden City and Great Wall were done on a Daler-Rowney Graduate A4 landscape hardcover sketchbook.

Enjoy.

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Waiting for our plane to arrive at Changi Airport. We took Malaysia Airlines, not Tiger.

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Flight to Kuala Lumpur

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Transiting at Kuala Lumpur and Sunday service in Bejing

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Arrow Tower 箭楼, Zhengyangmen 正阳门, Beijing.
This is all that is left of the once-great Beijing city walls


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Outside Mao Zedong's Mausoleum and NCPA

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Tiananmen 天安门

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Panorama of the Forbidden City 紫禁城 as seen from Jingshan Park 景山公园

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Hall of Supreme Harmony 太和殿 in the Forbidden City

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Imperial clocks collection

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Imperial Treasures exhibition


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Hutong scene and the CCTV Headquarters

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Ming Tombs 明十三陵


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Statue of Emperor Yongle at Changling

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Suzhou Street in The Summer Palace 颐和园 in Beijing

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Left: Scenes of the Summer Palace
Right: Ruins in the Old Summer Palace 圆明园, which was burnt
to the ground by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860


Go on to Part 2!