Friday, September 21, 2007

Around the Beijing Egg

Above: I took a walk around Beijing Egg, the National Grand Theatre. Like Pyramid at Louvre, the Egg stands on water. But is it a goo-goo-goo-joob? Photo gallery below.


Around the National Grand Theatre of China
PICTORIAL - THE BEIJING EGG

Exactly 322 days to Olympic Games, Beijing is almost ready. I went to check new opera house, the Beijing Egg. On the way taxi driver told me that Egg was absolutely too expensive ($400-600M), and he didn't know anyone who could possibly like its outlook. Good start, I thought.

The Egg is large oval near TianAnMen Square, just beside politics, the Great Hall of the People. It faces the main avenue, ChangAn. And it's not small with some 12,000m2 and 5500 seats. Architect was French Paul Andreu, famous for airports.

From outside cover the Egg was ready but its surrounding area was still under construction. From some angles it was difficult to recognize Egg's size. It somehow melted and faded into Beijing sky. From outside, to me, the Egg was promising.

Walking around the Egg took two hours and I snapped 150 pictures. The Egg will officially open 25th September 2007. Below 58 photos. And the day was hot.


BeijingMan aka Kippo

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Below pictures are taken on September 21, 2007. I used Canon 20D with EF-S 10-22mm zoom. Click to enlarge.


Above-1: National Grand Theatre of China.
Towards the Beijing Egg. The Egg is exactly 10km south from the Bird's Nest, National Stadium designed by Herzog & de Meuron from Switzerland.


Above-2: National Grand Theatre of China aka National Centre for the Performing Arts (China).
Towards main entrance of the Beijing Egg.


Above-3: National Grand Theatre of China.
Main entrance of the Beijing Egg facing north and ChangAn Avenue.


Above-4: National Grand Theatre of China.
Main entrance facing north and ChangAn Avenue. To get in you walk these steps down and continue under the "lake" into the Egg.


Above-5: National Grand Theatre of China.
Main entrance facing north and ChangAn Avenue.


Above-6: National Grand Theatre of China.
Main entrance is a funnel. Takes parallel people streams towards guarded Egg doors.


Above-7: National Grand Theatre of China.
Main entrance facing north and ChangAn Avenue.


Above-8: National Grand Theatre of China.
Mouth of The Egg entrance.


Above-9: National Grand Theatre of China.
Top of the main entrance.


Above-10: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg, on top of main entrance.


Above-11: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg. Grey, glass.


Above-12: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg.


Above-13: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg. Looking east and there is western entrance of the Great Hall of the People.


Above-14: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg.


Above-15: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg.


Above-16: National Grand Theatre of China.
North-west part of the Egg.


Above-17: National Grand Theatre of China.
North-west part of the Egg.


Above-18: National Grand Theatre of China.
North-west part of the Egg.


Above-19: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg, looking east.


Above-20: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg.


Above-21: National Grand Theatre.
North-east part of the Egg.


Above-22: National Grand Theatre of China.
North-east part of the Egg.


Above-23: East side story. Street name is RenDaHuiTang XiLu, looking south, and in front of western entrance of the Great Hall of the People.


Above-24: Western entrance of the Great Hall of the People.
East side of the Egg. RenDaHuiTang XiLu. See that bicycle, building is not small. Compare to Egg to get the scale. This building will host a meeting of some 2200 Chinese congress delegates in October.


Above-25: National Grand Theatre of China.
East side of the Egg. View from western entrance of the Great Hall of the People.


Above-26: Western entrance of the Great Hall of the People.
East side of the Egg. Street name is RenDaHuiTang XiLu.


Above-27: National Grand Theatre of China.
East side of the Egg. View from western entrance of the Great Hall of the People.


Above-28: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-east part of the Egg.


Above-29: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-east part of the Egg.
- Add this to to-do list.


Above-30: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-east part of the Egg. This will be car entrance into the Egg.


Above-31: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg.


Above-32: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg.


Above-33: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg.


Above-34: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg. Foot massage walk.


Above-35: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg.


Above-36: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg.
- Will aerial images reveal these paths as a Chinese character, like Shanghai F1 circuit?


Above-37: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg. Contrast.


Above-38: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg. 46 meters high but has scale.


Above-39: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg.
- Middle Kingdom gravity keeps Zeppelin grounded.


Above-40: National Grand Theatre of China.
South side of the Egg.


Above-41: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-west part of the Egg.


Above-42: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-west part of the Egg.


Above-43: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-west part of the Egg. Cover is silver, gray, shining.


Above-44: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-west part of the Egg.


Above-45: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-west part of the Egg.


Above-46: National Grand Theatre of China.
South-west part of the Egg.


Above-47: National Grand Theatre of China.
West side of the Egg. At Black & Decker they said 'people don't want drills, they want holes'. Actually people want trees.


Above-48: National Grand Theatre of China.
West side story.


Above-49: National Grand Theatre of China.
West side of the Egg.


Above-50: National Grand Theatre of China.
West side of the Egg. Several paths to the Egg were closed.


Above-51: National Grand Theatre of China.
West side of the Egg.


Above-52: National Grand Theatre of China.
North-west side of the Egg.


Above-53: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg.
- Politics, Egg and a Man


Above-54: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of the Egg.
- Egg and a Man

SUDDENLY it was John Lennon all over!
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together...
Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun...
I am the Eggman, they are the Eggmen, I am the Walrus!
Goo-goo-goo-joob, goo-goo-goo-goo-joob,
goo-goo-goo-joob, goo-goo-goo-goo-joob,
goo-goo-goo-joob, goo-goo-goo-goo-joob,
goo-gooooo.
Juba-juba-juba.
Juba, juba, juba, juba, juba.
Juba-juba. Juba-juba.
Umpah, umpah, stick it in your jumper...
Everybody's got one, everybody's got one...
Umpah, umpah...



Above-55: National Grand Theatre of China.
Shaked my head, Beatle-Lennon faded away.
North side of the Egg.


Above-56: National Grand Theatre of China.
Back at main entrance. North side of the Egg.
- Full circle around Beijing Egg - done.
- If you visit this Egg, our paths cross



Above-57: National Grand Theatre of China.
EggStop! Main entrance will take you into the Egg.
- My Chinese friend lives 12 kilometers north of the Egg. He can have breakfast Egg, every day, no cost no limit, as much as he wants, from his 25th floor apartment, if the weather is clear, if he wants


Above-58: National Grand Theatre of China.
North side of main entrance into Beijing Egg.
- Goo-goo-goo-joob?
- Absolutely. Beijing taxi driver got the Egg, all wrong


The Beijing Egg - New Opera House
+ New must for walk around & photos in Beijing
+ Has scale, which only slowly comes into reality
+ Refreshing after Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace
+ Extends well the visit to TianAnMen Square
**** RECOMMENDED - "EGG TEST" YOUR WIDE-ANGLE LENSES ****


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