Beijing Architecture varies widely because so much history is still alive and preserved here. Everywhere you go around Beijing you will see old and new structures side by side. There are definitely plenty of high rises and office buildings that remind you this is a modern mega city. The Olympic Village and the Bird’s Nest are good examples that the world has imposed new styles here recently. But walk just a few blocks
from that and you can find neighborhoods that look as though they haven’t changed in a hundred years; more even. I prefer to romanticize foreign cities when I visit in ways that I don’t when I visit cities in the U.S. The old temples around Beijing are very well preserved and the new ones add rather than detract from the the sense that you have stepped back in time.
This photo and several others from this trip through China were taken on an iPhone 4. This one is actually hanging in the hallway of my home. It is definitely possible to create wall worthy art with the most basic photography tools.