December CDP Theme Day

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Santa bearing gifts in Beijing at a mall

It’s fitting that December’s theme is gift. Here’s a scroll one of my classes gave me. One of the students, whom the others thought was the best calligrapher made it.

I’m posting this online to get a translation. I’ll update this when I get it. I do believe it’s a positive

To see some other wonderful gifts from around the world, click here.

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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 Wednesday 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.

Just a Few Wonderful Posts

Theme Day: Let’s Eat!

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This is onion and lamb from the Xinjiang Provincial Guildhouse where you can get fine Uighyr food in Bejing.

The May City Daily Photo theme is “Let’s Eat.” In Beijing that could be the theme for the year and I’d never duplicated.

If you want to see more “Let’s Eat” photos from the world over, click here.

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Library

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24 Hour Neighborhood Mini-Library

September’s theme for City Daily Photo bloggers is: Libraries, whichI got to choose for the group. Libraries can be modern or ancient. There’s all kinds of innovation and I liked this 24 hour auto-library.

If you’re curious about other library photos, check out more at City Daily Photo’s gallery.

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.

Theme Day: Shadow & Highlight

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June’s theme for City Daily Photo is: Shadows & Highlights, two key aspects of good photography.

I like cheese, but I doubt I’d be attracted to a restaurant called “Cheese Bomb.” I wish them well and if someone I respected said the food was good, I’d go, but otherwise I’ll just admire the mural.

If you want to see more City Daily Photo images of “Shadows & Highlights,” click here.

March Theme Day: Where I Belong

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In Sugar & Spice café

This March City Daily Photo bloggers are asked to ponder and post on the idea of “Where do I belong?” Even though last month’s prompt was “Coffee House” I will say I feel quite at home in a not too noisy coffee house sipping a hot drink and writing. That’s the life!

If you want to see more places of belonging, visit the theme day gallery and click away.

January Theme Day: Photo of the Year

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January’s theme for City Daily Photo bloggers is “Best Photo of the Year.” So I’ve gone through my files and chosen the photo above. I wouldn’t say this is a masterful photo. I chose it because politics has shifted considerably in China in 2015. My students evoke both Mao and President Xi a lot more frequently and with more reverence. Dissent is silenced so I’m not sure how pervasive these feelings really are, but it does seem that the Chinese are revelling in these strong men.

If you’d like to see more Best of 2015 photos, check out City Daily Photo.