AM774 . Bruce in Beijing

Discovering Beijing's early stock exchange

2015-06-27 11:52:42

Across rooftops towards former Exchange building (Bruce Connolly)

Balconies of the former stock exchange  (Jens Schott Knudsen)

Cat looking down from the balcony (Jens Schott Knudsen)

Intricate balcony of the former stock exchange (Jens Schott Knudsen)

Jens Schott Knudsen

Roof structure of the former Exchange (Bruce Connolly)

 

Some months ago Bruce saw a posting on Wechat of a photo essay by a photographer friend Jens Schott Knudsen , from Denmark. Beijing with its long history and so much concentrated around its ancient alleys is a photographer's dream. Every corner of the city can have much to fascinate and capture creatively by camera. Jens had focussed his lens on the first Stock Exchange in Beijing located on Qianmen Xiheyan Jie west of the Zhengyangmen Gate. At the end of the Qing Dynasty and into the early years of the 20th century parts of this area were emerging as the city's financial district. Banks and financial houses located there. Some presently are under renovation as part of a new development north of Dashilar. However the building Jens documented sits on an alley which has had some face lifting but still retains much of the community feel which has characterized it for many years.

Bruce met Jens on the steps outside this two floor brick building combining Chinese and western design elements. At one time a canal and railway had run north of the alley. They talk of what the area must have been like over a hundred years ago - the bustle of rickshaws and pedicabs mixing with well-dressed financial workers of that period.
Jens talks of the history he has researched on the building which today is a multi-residential property, still a very unique piece of architecture and of course a reminder of the history within this fascinating district.
Discover more of the world of Jens' creative photography  at www.pamhule.com