Photo Album: EV World In Beijing
By Bill Moore
Beijing, China is a photographer's nirvana, an exotic, photo-rich environment of intensely saturated colors, complex textures and extraordinary beauty. So, it was a good thing that I packed my Canon G2 and a 196 megabyte memory card*. I needed all the picture taking power the camera could offer during my second trip to China's capital city, not to mention the image storing capability of my Sony laptop computer.
I was invited by Zhao Shan, the president of Beijing Continental Battery Company to see what his company, along with the Beijing Institute of Technology and the city are doing to prepare for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The government is using the games as an opportunity to showcase what China has accomplished since it began the transition to a capitalist economic model just a decade ago, while still retaining its communist political structure.
As you'll discover in the coming series of articles on EV World, this nation of more than one billion people, has come a long way very, very fast. And sustainable transportation can be expected to play a growing role in its development.
Of course, you can't visit Beijing without also taking in some of its more famous sites, like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Unlike my first trip Beijing, this one took me to many locations in and around the city that are definitely off-the-beaten track. I climbed a section of the Great Wall to which very few have access. I visited a Chinese army base that once made just armored personal carriers and today builds high-quality intercity buses under partnership with Germany's Neoplan. I learned more about the Forbidden City than I ever imagined and was even interviewed on Chinese Central Television.
In the coming next few of weeks, I'll share with you what I learned and my impressions of what I saw and heard during a hectic week where I usually only got no more than 4-5 hours of sleep, in part because the beds at the Beijing Landmark Towers are about as "firm" as the stones that line the countless courtyards of the Forbidden City.
So, as a preview of what's to come, I've selected some of my favorite images from this remarkable trip. I hope you enjoy them. All are available -- and many, many more -- at print quality resolutions.
*At its highest resolution of 2272 x 1704 pixels, you can typically take over 100 photos and at its lowest resolution at 640x480 pixels, on the order of 750 images.
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