Beijing, late afternoon
I arrived in China by train from Mongolia at the end of September last year. I found the weather a bit strange then; it was surprisingly warm for autumn and on a day trip to the countryside, I didn’t see any autumn colours- trees were lush and green and showed no sign that they would turn orange anytime soon. I felt a little frustrated at this lack of colour, so when I got back to Beijing I decided to go for a walk in my hutong.
My hostel was in Dengcao Hutong, an alley in the Dongcheng District. This area has some particularly nice hutongs. People living here have to go deep inside and have to pass budget hostels, restaurants, sundry shops and the occasional hairdresser before they reach home.
While I was walking around, I saw a man in a black vest with a little girl, presumably his daughter, walking towards me. I wanted to ask if I could take a photo of them but the man was deep in thought and kept looking down. It was only after I saw the shadows behind them that I realised a photo from the back wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
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