Third year for China, Beijing and tennis, still a great trip
Mizzou students at the Great Wall near Beijing. From left are Jake Lutes, Jason Steimer, Jason Bredehoeft, Andrew Kauffman, Paxton DiBlasi and Daniel Shapiro.
People leave offerings of food at Buddha idols at the Wall.
It took me a while, but I’ve finally put together a selection of photos from China. Getting back home is an exhausting 24 hours of travel, getting in late on a Monday night. I was able to take Tuesday off but right back into the thick of it on Wednesday. Getting back is the hardest part of the trip.
In my photography I tried not to duplicate what I’ve shot before but I was sick several days this year and didn’t get to do as much. (I went to the Great Wall again but was too weak to climb very far.)
For those who don’t know, the University of Missouri (where I teach) has a journalism class that covers the China Open tennis tournament, held in the Olympic tennis park in Beijing. The students write stories which are used on the English-language side of the China Open website. We also have several days available for touring, shopping, getting lost, etc. This is like the third time I’ve gone.
The tournament wasn’t as good this year for me because Serena Williams dropped out with an injury and Venus Williams dropped out due to illness. Djokovic won again, which was nice to see. He’s a really nice guy and is much loved in China.
I hope you find something here that causes you to smile or to wonder or the react. I try to create moments to share with others, not just memories that have no meaning beyond me. You can see other images from China in my posts from 2012 and 2011. Use keyword “china” to search for them.
The Missouri students and Amber, one of the Chinese volunteers, shooting a selfie on the way to The Great Wall.
Chinese bugs of some sort. They are pesky and everywhere at the wall.
Rests are common and frequent on this steep part of the wall.
One characteristic of the steps at The Great Wall is that they aren’t uniform in height. It makes it hard to get a good climbing rhythm.
He was having his picture taken by his parents. And me.
I don’t know exactly what the material for the steps is, but there are animal tracks in some of them.
A decorative soldier stands watch in a courtyard. The walls are lined with good luck offerings.
Good luck offerings.
A roof line silhouetted with the Wall in the background. No, that’s not fog, it’s pollution.
Some of the buildings that dot areas of the Wall.
Some of the buildings that dot areas of the Wall.
Old cannons decorate this section of The Great Wall.
They do replaces the stairs at The Great Wall, here’s a worn section.
A statue for the year of the rat, one of 12 such pieces of art in this courtyard at the Wall.
A gentleman came up to this blackboard and drew the cat that was sleeping nearby.
Even the Chinese know how to do donuts in the parking lot!
The grocery store has buses (against the wall) and free rides for its patrons.
And rare clear day allowed me to get this shot with the Birds Nest on the left.
The Olympic Water Tube. The Olympics were in Beijing in 2008.
This grill was an unusual sight, especially since it’s in English but with a Chinese license plate.
The postcard I sent myself. More than a week later it still hasn’t arrived.
Americans are not that numerous so people would come up and want to be photographed with us. We always said yes.
A street vendor and his partner riding to their next location. Bikes are a transportation mainstay.
This street vendor, the woman on the right, is selling full sunflower heads.
A street vendor, selling walnuts.
A bunch of nut crackers on the vendor’s cart.
Serena Williams tossing the ball for a serve.
Andrew Kauffman ready to go to work on Brad Court. The settings are very intimate, the fans are very close to the players.
Brad Court in the foreground, being prepped for a ceremony, with Diamond Court in the background.
At night, Brad Court in the foreground and Diamond Court in the background.
Climbing the stairs at Diamond Court can feel like climbing the Great Wall.
The people in China are wonderful and kids in any country are precious.
Jason Bredehoeft eats his first meal as a volunteer for the China Open.
Heather Watson, against the beautiful blue surface of Diamond Court.
Jake Lutes, left, interviewing some fans at the Open.
At the end of the tournament Sunday night, while trying to take a group shot of us, this photographer was nearly hit by this guy playing tennis on Diamond Court.
Paxton DiBlasi getting ready to cover the ATP Draw Ceremony.
After two or three matches the photos get really redundant, so I tried to look for different things — like Petra Kvitova’s personalized sneaks.
There are two huge video boards for Diamond Court.
By the second or third day of the tournament we’re all happy to get the pseudo American food at the concession stand. The quesadilla is a favorite.
Getting a ball is the best souvenir of the tournament. Paxton DiBlasi scored one.
This is half of the work area of the Media Center.
Glad I got to see Serena Williams play before she had to pull out.
One of the things our students did was clean up the Chinese-to-English translation of the media guide.
Andrew Kauffman (left) and Daniel Shapiro seated in the media section for Diamond Court.
Lots and lots of rice is available at the store.
Cows! I found this site to be incredibly funny. I tried to get a better shot but they pulled back into the truck by the time we got up next to it.
These cooked ducks are available at the deli. The head, by the way, is considered a delicacy.
The delicatessen carries all sorts of foods — including prepared chicken wings. I hit the deli several times while there.
Found at the CVS: pre mixed and bottle Jack and cola.
Maria Sharapova has her own candy business now and it was sold in the souvenir shop. As you might guess, it was a bit expensive, about 40¥ for a bag.
Thank you, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola for the water we were supplied in the hotel.
The grocery store is an amazing place to me, so many things to see, including this eel and other fish. One yuan (1¥) is about 16 cents.
Who was the first person to decide that these bugs were good food? Their still alive, by the way.
Another interesting dish we had was “pork with gristle.” I didn’t eat it.
This was labeled “wax gourd” and looked a lot like cabbage in a gelatinous sauce.
There are a lot of bulk items available at the grocery store, including this selection of various beans.
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