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Fellow photographer at the Summer Palace in Beijing. Language differences - he was not speaking English - were not a problem at all during our 10 minute long chat.

Fellow photographer at the Summer Palace in Beijing. Language differences – he was not speaking English – were not a problem at all during our 10 minute long chat.

It’s the people that make the nation, right? Before flying to China, we had been extremely worried that we would not get on well with the Chinese. The rumor says that they are greedy, rude and don’t understand English at all. Well, the rumor is right about one thing – they suck at foreign languages. However, it’s hard for me to understand why do they have such a bad reputation. Hospitable, polite and smiling all the time – most of them are simply great.

Chinese sitting on the Great Wall of China, which was at least 10 meter high there. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is obviously a must-see in China.

Chinese sitting on the Great Wall of China, which was at least 10 meter high there. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is obviously a must-see in China.

Child with his mother at the Bund in Shanghai. One of the few young Chinese that was not waving and smiling while being phogoraphed. Shot by Kasia.

Child with his mother at the Bund in Shanghai. One of the few young Chinese that was not waving and smiling while being phogoraphed. Shot by Kasia.

Extremely nice and cheerful elderly lady with an infant (probably her grandchild) at the Summer Palace. I simply love bokeh produced by Nikkor 85mm 1.8G.

Extremely nice and cheerful elderly lady with an infant (probably her grandchild) at the Summer Palace. I simply love bokeh produced by Nikkor 85mm 1.8G.

Colorful and joyful lady that was dancing at the Summer Palace in Beijing. I doubt she was a professional, but watching her was a pleasure anyway.

Colorful and joyful lady that was dancing at the Summer Palace in Beijing. I doubt she was a professional, but watching her was a pleasure anyway.

Street portrait photography is so much easier when random strangers gather around the person with a camera instead of covering their faces like many Europeans do. The problem is, most of the people in Asia seem to be so positive about being photographed that it might get hard to capture their true emotions and daily routines. Smiling people are great, but people smiling because they see a camera are not (at least not to the photographing one). I am pretty sure that it has something to do with my skills though – I still have a lot to learn. I am not Bruce Gilden yet, but I’ll try – his cheeky style is simply amazing.