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User currently offlinePsa188 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 518 posts, RR: 17
Posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

I'll be in Beijing on 11/9-10 and was wondering if anyone on the forum can provide an update on photography there? Is the famous 36L shot still an option? Any hints are welcome.

BH

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User currently offlineEjazz From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2002, 722 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

Hi BH,

I was in Beijing last week and was lucky to have got in. Presently, the haze and smog is awful and the visibility was varying between 200-2000 metres. I took some shots but I did not submit them because I'm sure smog bound airports are of little interest.

The famous spotting place on the bridge beside the taxiway was open but the 36L position I can't confirm.

If you'd like a pic of how bad it was let me know and I'll email one off.

Cheers.



Etihad Girl, You're a great way to fly.
User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1420 times:
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Hi Bill

From what I heard 3 spotter went spotting in PEK last week, the holding point 36L is still open, but they have removed all the dirt/grass/bushes to the right hand side of it, and make way of 12 stands for cargo plane and the concrete is already finish there. They told me it is now probably the last couple weeks to still ok to get in. there are 2 more gates built before the road leads to the holding point spot, but gates are open so far. (one can imagine if gates are closed, then the spot is no more accessible, this being the main issue)

For the 1st time, I also heard they reported police hassel spotter there, but may be this is due to some misunderstanding. Normally they are used to the photographer and lens.

I haven't been back since March this yr, but I believe much have changed except traffic still interesting. Also spot for afternoon on 18R (landing rwy) is very good, you simply walk towards left from 36L holding point, youre slightly elevated and stand on top of a ditch looking down. There are lots of clear days but when there is no wind, it can be hazey, October is typically a bad month, smog, fog and haze. But when it is too windy, sandstorm are possible too. Good LUCK

Sam


User currently offlinePsa188 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Thank you both for your responses. I guess I'll have to see what happens when I get there. And, Ejazz, please post or send that hazy photo. The smog/haze comments are noted. I had the same problems 8 years ago when I was there photographing trains.

BH


User currently offlineCarlos Borda From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 538 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1380 times:

Hence the name "Monsoon Boy"... with you gone for two weeks at least the WX here in NYC should be nice and sunny. Feel sorry for the PEK spotters though... two weeks of clouds and rain are coming starting this weekend.  Big grin

~Carlos

Monsoon Boy writes:

>>The smog/haze comments are noted. I had the same problems 8 years ago when I was there photographing trains.<<


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 1364 times:
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wow, and I hope this Monsoon Boy is not going PEK via Tokyo NRT, heard few guys from Europe, US are going there 1-2 weeks from now. I will be heading there for my first D100 shot too!  Smile The yellow Disney is finishing 9Jan03, and Disney Sea non winglets version JA8905 is finishin 23/Nov, last chance.

Also try to explore the other Rwy in PEK, 36R/18L, it is possible to make good approach photos on 36R if 36L holding point is closed, at least I have been told a friend with Rob Finlayson there 2 weeks ago.
Sam


User currently offlineEjazz From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2002, 722 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

Picture on the way Bill.


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User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

Sam, forget about it. The region is going to be turning to sh$t this Friday when Bill is in the air on his way west. You guys might as well put your cameras away. Clouds, rain, thunderstorms...it's all coming. We are just happy he won't be around so we can finally get some sun  Smile

Mike


User currently offlineJoe pries From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1957 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

bill's favorite 4 letter word: HAZE

welcome to bills world  Big grin

Joe


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

bill's favorite 4 letter word: HAZE

You sure about that Joe? I thought it was WIFE or KIDS  Big grin


User currently offlinePsa188 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1317 times:

Sam:

Thanks for the head's up re: approach shots. That's the plan if 36L is closed, and it's sunny. Let's hope it doesn't rain.

BH


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