Beijing Brollies

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I had an all-too-brief Sunday free during a quick business trip to Beijing last fall, I grabbed my camera, hopped a cab, and headed for the Forbidden City.  Waiting in line to get through Tiananmen (which counter intuitively means the Gate of Heavenly Peace), I quickly noticed several things.

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There were a lot of people. Security was tight. There were a lot of people. Everybody but me had an umbrella. There were a lot of people.

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There were elegant umbrellas.

 

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There were cutsey pooh umbrellas.

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There were entire families with umbrellas.

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Rain wasn’t in sight (well, let me get back to that in an upcoming blog). These were sun blocking bumbershoots.

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Although Beijing often has air quality issues resulting in pea soupish smogs, my visit to historic Beijing was a crystal clear, sunny and hot day.

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Flocking to a national landmark on a holiday weekend, both men and women were shading themselves from the sun with colorful brollies.

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A few of the men had a less traditional approach.

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I wished I’d brought a hat.

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