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!

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