Tag Archives: cityscape

Skylines

Once I started going through old photos for skylines I found I couldn’t stop. To keep the post a moderate length I put them into a slide show. These are all from China, but taken over several years and representing a variety of cities.

  • Waterfront in Qingdao.
  • Kites flying on the waterfront in Qingdao.
  • Another view of Qingdao, this time looking down.
  • Chongqing through the mist.
  • Boats and bridges as well as buildings define the skyline of Chongqing.
  • The Bund in Shanghai, viewed from a boat on the Huangpu River.
  • Looking the other way: a view of the ultra modern Pudong skyline in Shanghai from a boat on the Huangpu River.
  • The pagoda of White Emperor City on the Yangtze River with the Wu mountains of the Qu Gorge (western most of the Three Gorges) behind it.
  • Old and new on a peaceful morning looking out at the new city of Fengdu (relocated because of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam) from the ancient Fengdu Ghost City temple complex.
  • A view of Xi'an from the top of the Great Goose Pavilion.
  • The Forbidden City in central Beijing, photo taken from the Jingshan (coal hill) park.
  • The Great Wall of China snakes along the skyline for many miles, this view is of the Mutianyu section, north of Beijing.
  • Construction cranes at the Beijing Capital Airport and the mountains beyond it at sunset.
  • A fairytale view on a smoggy morning in Weifang, Shandong Province, China.
  • Sunrise in Penglai, Shandong Province.

For Travel with Intent’s One Word Sunday: skyline.

City views

Chicago really isn’t my kind of town. But, back in the summer of 2017 I was there once for a 23 hour layover between the Southwest Chief and the Empire Builder trains. Because of the height of the buildings it is hard to get a perspective to take a photo that gives a sense of being there. All of these were taken either beside or from on the water.

Walking along the river in the late afternoon.

The one tourist thing we did, aside from just walking around, was to take an architecture cruise. The following two were taken on that trip.

The reflections let you see both sides of the river.

For Becky of Winchester’s July Squares: Perspective.

Looking up, looking down

Looking up at the top of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian, China.
Looking down from the top window

Notice how different the size of the incense burner appears in the two photos?

This is the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xian, China. Although the Wiki says that the Chinese name actually means “big swan goose”. From the top you get views that make you realize how very large the city of Xian is.

I visited in 2014 with my dad. So glad we had a private guide: he was tired and I was able to park him with the guide and climb to the top. So glad I got to see the city from that perspective.

Another perspective: Sometimes traveling with an older parent can be similar to traveling with a child. They both get tired and fussy in the late afternoon! Ice cream is often a good solution for that.

For Becky of Winchester’s July Squares: Perspective.

Blue Hour Cityscape

Serendipity struck this evening. A rather nice sunset was rapidly closing down in the west, but the light was still reflected in windows of some of the tall buildings.

My grandmother’s nursing home is on a hill with a lovely view of downtown Seattle. I happened to have my new tripod in the car and a few minutes between needing to be places. You can see any picture larger by clicking on it.

Posted for Lens Artists Photo Challenge: Cityscapes.