Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other themed photos:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

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So July’s City Daily Photo theme was Look Down, which I posted for on this blog. So it’s weirdly coincidental that WordPress has chosen Look Up as a theme this week.
Anyway, here’s my post for the week.

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other themed photos:

A Map

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Found at the Beijing Urban Planning Museum, this topographical map does a good job of explaining Beijing’s history and significance. In its early history, before it was a capitol city, Beijing served two purposes: it was a resting spot after a long journey along the Silk Road and it was a forward operating base for invading Korea. The map also explains how smog gets trapped in the city. It’s not only the manufacturers who are to blame (though I’d argue that given the geography this is not a city where any manufacturing should take place) but the mountains trap the pollution in the city just as they do in Los Angeles.

I went to this museum as part of a walking tour. I’d passed by the museum dozens of times and never went in. If I hadn’t gone on the tour, I wouldn’t have appreciated how good it was. It does a great job of showing how the city’s grown and how its different rulers changed its city limits. They want to change those limits even more by combining Beijing with Tianjin, a city about 100 kms away that’s also huge. Tianjin’s on the coast and there are some sources of water between the two.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

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Traditional yet Modern

I saw this menage of the modern and traditional at 798 Art Space. It’s a woman who’s got the head of the Monkey King from the legendary tale “Journey to the West.” Not sure what to make of

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other great photos:

July Theme Day: Look Down

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This month’s theme is: Look Down. You can learn something when you look down.

I took a walking tour around Tiananmen Square and learned that these rectangular covers are for port-a-potties Beijing-style. When there’s an event they would open the tops and put tents over the areas for a little, very little privacy. Now I notice them around Wangfujing Street and near Qianmen Avenue.

To see more photos on this theme, click here.