Beijing Late Night Skating Scene

Iโ€™m not actually sure if there is a scene or not but I may as well start one. In my free time (which is basically, all the time) this month Iโ€™ve picked up a pair of inline skates and skate around generally from midnight to 3-4 AM when the city dies right down. Iโ€™m not the only one either, I have run into a couple others and joined them as we cut our way through the city. Language barrier not a problem. I think. Itโ€™s all a bit Jet Set Radio without the crazy nightlife of Tokyo.

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So I tried my hardest to get some photos but you see itโ€™s surprisingly dark after midnight. Itโ€™s also cold. So hereโ€™s my best efforts with a point and shoot on long exposure outside the forbidden city. Trying desperately to stay perfectly still on the skates while wearing 3 layers of pants to keep slightly insulated from that Mongolian cold front. Behind is a nearly empty Tiananmen Square with just a few soldiers grouped together in the minivan outside the Forbidden Palace entrance, rubbing their hands in front of the vehicle cabin heater wonder what the fuck I’m doing.ย tiananmen-skating1 tiananmen-skating2 tiananmen-skating3 tiananmen-skating4

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