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Daily photo: Fancy IMAX glasses

Watching Avatar 3D

We saw Avatar this evening at an IMAX theater in Haidian. Despite having seen it once it was well worth returning to see it in full 3D. The Chinese subtitles did make it a bit hard to follow the Na'vi conversations but the plot isn't really a central part of the experience so I don't think we missed much.

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Visiting the Summer Palace

Today we explored the Summer Palace on the north west side of the city. Essentially destroyed and rebuilt at the end of the 19th century, it boasts a huge man-made lake, many buildings, courtyards and long walkways.

Decorated hallway

Imposing statues are found throughout the different courtyards.

East Gate guard

Seventeen-Arch Bridge connects Nanhu Island to the perimeter and provides a great spot for kite-flying.

Seventeen arch bridge

And since it's not exactly summer, Kunming Lake is covered with a few inches of ice and provided an easy shortcut to the island.

Walkers on Kunming Lake

Summer Palace slideshow

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Daily photo: Street cable repairs

Cable repairs at night

Although not visible here, there was a fair bit of traffic moving through this intersection while the two guys held the ladder precariously against an overhead cable.

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Daily photo: Christmas lights at Solana

Missed Christmas in the west? You can have a second chance to enjoy the trees, lights, reindeer, sleighs, Santa and outdoor Christmas music until Chinese New Year at a local mall.

Christmas lights at Solana

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Daily photo: Sweeping the recently-swept streets

Throughout the city the major streets are kept exceptionally clean.

Sweeping the recently-swept streets

(On an artistic note, I am trying to put an end to the blurry photos. In fairness it is rather cold out at 7am and not trivially easy to use an SLR with gloves on.)