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Chinese Airports - How Are They?

Sun Aug 08, 2004 3:50 am

With the opening of the new Guangzhou Airport and the impressive new terminal at Pudong/Shanghai, I was thinking of passing through China on my next visit to Australia. Does anyone know how the Chinese take to aviation photography? Have there been problems? Do people need to get authorisation and if so, is it easily obtainable?

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RE: Chinese Airports - How Are They?

Tue Aug 10, 2004 1:17 pm

I have been to SHA, PEK, & CAN (old Baiyun Airport), and shooting from the airport perimeter but never had a single problem despite many security troops walking by. Some even want to look through my binos. The local Chinese are very curious on what I am doing but they keep on going. Fascinating place though a little on the dirty side and smoggy side.

The new airports in Guangzhou and PVG are not so photography friendly as they are in rural areas. I had no problems spotting and photographing from the Terminals too.
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RE: Chinese Airports - How Are They?

Tue Aug 10, 2004 7:57 pm

Never got hassled at any airport I visited in China (shooting photos in the terminal) this past summer. I visited PEK, NKG, XIY, KWL, and CAN.

Beijing (PEK) has a lot of interesting aircraft (e.g. Siberian Airlines IL-86), but the glass in the terminal is horrible. Some of my photos came out with half the aircraft blurry, and the other half sharp.

Stopped by in SHA but didn't get the chance to take any photos.

Nanjing's (NKG) terminal windows are tinted, so aviation photography can be quite tricky. You get the usual CZ/CZ/MU/FM/MF/HU aircraft (mainly B737s) in NKG, nothing really rare.

Xi'an (XIY) was the airport that I had the most difficult time shooting photographs of aircraft . . . why? You are shooting through 2 glass walls (departure hall), which both are separated about 10 feet, not to mention all the glass beams in the way. Only when you arrive, you can shoot photos through 1 glass wall. Also, a huge chunk of XIY's departure terminal (past security) is only for passengers that are boarding at gates 1-*, (that's how I missed the XO B73G taxiing in) So if your flight leaves at gate 10, but there is this nice plane you want to photograph at gate 1, tough.

I arrived Guilin (KWL) in the evening, and a lot of planes arrived at that time, including a FM B752, MF B752, MU A320, and NX A321. There is also a lot of CZ aicraft there. Absolutely no traffic during the morning time in KWL.

The old Guangzhou has nice spots around the perimeter of the airport, old apartments overlook the the airport, all the way around (they must have a spectacular view!). The terminal is dirty and pretty confusing to get around. Lots of traffic though!

Hope that helps a bit!

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