KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1587 posts, RR: 7 Posted (12 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1438 times:
I am going to Beijing and Tokyo Narita in early January and hope to get out to photograph at Beijing. Being familiar with Narita I am not worried about area's to spot, however Beijing holds a big question mark for me. Has anyone photographed at PEK before? If so any good advice on where to go, and how security is? Thanks for any help!
OO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1149 times:
Beijing is fabulous for spotting. You need to walk for around 15' from the terminal and you will find great positions next to the runway. Expect great traffic. One of my greatest souvenir! Beware of the militaries that might ask you some questions (in chinese) if they see your camera. NRT wasn't that interesting, the terrasse is quite limited if I remember well. HND gives you more opportunities but sun might be an issue.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1108 times:
Was in Beijing in late August - no major problems and whilst the guards on the gates were relaxed about the cameras, some of the locals got a bit excitable. Whether this has since changed, I don't know.
There are some spots within walking distance of the terminal, although the fabulous spot at the end of 36L now takes quite some time to walk to - at least half an hour I'd say - because construction of new cargo sheds has resulted in the need to walk further away from the terminal before turning back towards the fence. If you do walk to the end of 36L, then aircraft at the hold are easily photographable, although landings will be on 36R which is a long way away.
I took loads of pictures from this location but haven't scanned many yet, but there are plenty more on the database taken from this location.
If you leave the terminal and walk past the old terminal (now disused), you come to a road junction and are likely to see the China Postal Y-8s parked on the right. Following the road to the right leads under the taxiway and after you come out the other side there's plenty of views of take offs on 36L and of the ramp
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1587 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 days ago) and read 1103 times:
Hey guys thank you very much for the replies! I will for sure give those spots a run and see how it is! And yes I know its going to be a bit cold there. Prehaps even snow on the ground! Thats going to be a bit hard on this guy who is used to high temperatures in Phoenix, AZ! I will let you all know how things go! Once again I appreciate the help!
Sam, Great to hear from you! Are you back in Sydney now? Anyways prehaps I could tempt you to head over to Beijing for a few days? so far I am planning on SFO-NRT on January 8th or 9th and then onto Beijing. Coming back home on the 13th... I think I might have to fly PEK-ORD nonstop. NRT back to the states is oversold in coach thus making it risky for getting Business class. not sure how bad yet but I might hav to avoid NRT on the return leg. Oh well I will figure it out and hopefully meet up with you at Narita! And no I am not familiar with every spot at NRT! I would love to see more though!