Communist Poster Vendor
Originally uploaded by JW.
We drove to Beihai Lake which lies to the west of the vast Imperial Palace at the centre of Beijing. Here, on a Friday evening, we discovered crowds of mainly middle-aged Chinese waltzing on a paved patio beside the lake.
Along the lake front are a string of themed bars where young people sit outside at tables drinking cocktails or beer. Small shops sell weird and brightly coloured tourist knick-knacks.
Behind the hectic waterfront with its bright lights are quieter streets where I discovered this snack bar selling posters from another era.