1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 3200, 50mm
Qianmen sits on the south end of Qiananmen Square. Also known by it's official name, Zhengyangmen, it was once part of the Beijing's city wall (Qianmen means front gate). Today, the city wall is long gone but the gate remains. It's one of the landmarks of the city and a popular tourist spot. Despite being in the middle of the Beijing, the neighborhood around Qianmen is home to several hutongs and traditional courtyard homes. Walking around the hutongs' narrow streets, it's hard to believe that you're just a few blocks away from the political and cultural center of Beijing (and, indeed, of China).
I spent some times getting lost in the neighborhood a few weeks ago. Continue below the fold for shots of Qianmen and Tiananmen.
1/400s, f/2.2, ISO 200, 50mm
1/2000s, f/4.5, ISO 400, 28mm
10s, f/18.0, ISO 200, 32mm