Beijing, China

The regal capital of the People’s Republic of China suits the icy grip of winter, a season that seems to bring the riddled history and fortified architecture of Beijing into sharp relief.

The journey toward the center of this grid-like city is much easier today than it was a few centuries ago, with the rigid square structure designed in such a way as to be nothing more than a series of gates. As such, you could quickly find out your social standing if you tried to make your journey to the Forbidden City, situated in the very middle.

At present, however, the area is a haven for hostels and great experiences of the city, ranging from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden Palace, and a few notorious Hutongs (alleyways) thrown in for good measure. For a more contemporary side to this metropolitan powerhouse, head towards the 798 Art District in the North East of the city,

Cinematography and Editing:
Craig Groenewald

Music:
Inspired and the Sleep, “Sink”

Equipment:
GoPro Hero 2
Adobe CS6 (Camera Raw, Bridge, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects)

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