The looming bridge, Hutong, Beijing

Our rickshaw driver pulling us over the bridge, Beijing
  On our way from the kindergarten to the Bell Tower I noticed that the rickshaw driver began pedaling faster to pick up speed. When I looked ahead of us I saw a small bridge coming up on our left. It was obvious that he was building up steam to make it across the bridge. It didn't work. Midway across the span he jumped off and began to pull the rickshaw with the assistance of the local policeman stationed on the bridge. No, Anne and I aren't all that heavy!  
Bell Tower, Beijing
The Bell Tower ... more steps
View from the top of the Bell Tower, Beijing
Rooftops from the tower
View from the top of the Bell Tower, Beijing
Beijing's constant haze
Anne by the Bell in the Bell Tower, Beijing
Anne and Alicia
The steep stairway down, Beijing
The steep steps
The Bell Tower, Beijing
The Bell Tower
Local vendors, Beijing
Local vendors, Beijing
Don't take my picture!  Beijing

Leaving the Bell Tower we found that our rickshaw drivers had
disappeared. We waited patiently for a few minutes for them to return,
but the waiting got the best of us. We proceeded to walk down a side alley
where I took the shot (left) of the tower and then stumbled upon
some local vendors selling their wares. The rightmost photo above
shows the vendor motioning that he was going to throw something at
me because he didn't want his picture taken. It's not just superstition,
some Chinese really don't like their picture taken.

This page has turned out much larger than expected, so let's go to another page to continue our visit to the hutong family ...
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Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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