Photos from China’s rapidly changing capital city.
1

China's National Theater, also dubbed The Egg

1. Workers climb China's National Theater, dubbed "The Egg", on a rare blue sky day

2

View onto the city from the Summer Palace

2. A view onto the city from the Summer Palace.

3

Chinese couple in Western wedding dress

3. Western weddings are all the rage among China's young and wealthy.

4

Swimmer resting near Houhai Lake

4. A swimmer takes a break near Houhai Lake.

5

Nap in central Beijing

5.Midday naps anywhere and everywhere are a common site around Beijing.

6

Man holding lap dogs, Houhai Lake

6.Dogs, once banned as a bourgeois vice under Chairman Mao, are now back with a rage.

7

Chinese man peeking at The Bird's Nest

7.A migrant worker sneaks a peek at The Bird's Nest, China's Olympic Stadium.

8

Waiters in Santa hats by Houhai Lake

8.Waiters and waitresses at a restaurant in the touristy Houhai area receive a pep talk before starting work.

9

Woman holding portrait.

9.A Chinese woman shows her recently sketched portrait.

10

Girl hula-hooping in hutong.

10.A girl hula-hooping in a hutong, or traditional Chinese alleyway. The hutongs are rapidly giving way to mega-boulevards and apartment complexes.