Armchair Travel: Beijing, China

These photos were taken during our short stay in Beijing in February 1990. I have many more photos from that trip in a photo album and more as slides. I hope to transfer these to the computer if they have not deteriorated too much.

The first photo was one that I scanned and edited some time ago. It was taken the day we took a tour to Badaling to visit the Great Wall of China. I have told this story in another post. Badaling is probably the most touristy part of the Wall because of its accessibility from Beijing. Even in 1990, there were crowds and tacky souvenirs and photo ops with camels but as we visited in winter it was not as busy as it might have been.

View from a tower

Here is Tiannammen Square as it looked in 1990. I imagine that there are many more cars and fewer bicycles these days.

Tiannammen Square 1990

Yes, this is me, a photo taken by David. I don’t often like to have my photo taken but this was one of three that I asked David to take during our holiday because I wanted to remember this.

Beijing 1990


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. There is something about the first photo that I find really interesting. It’s minimalist but it shows depth with the hills, one behind another. Also, the colors make it look very interesting. And it looks, well, definitely like I’d imagine China. I like the other photos too but this caught my eye.

    You know, I’m not a traveler but if I ever change my mind… China is top on the bucket list. Awesome that you’ve been there.

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    • One of these days I’ll rescan the original photo I took that from and hopefully some of the others that I took with slide film. I am always amazed at how that shot came out considering that I knew a lot less about photography then. I did manage to capture the feeling I got from being there.

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