“I like Beijingers. They’re very straight-forward.” - Alain Cislaghi
I met Alain in Beijing, 2004. He was French-Quebec, owned and stayed in a 4-bed guesthouse situated in a hutong with neighbours pulled straight out of a sitcom, and he was constantly drunk (or in the process of it).
I liked him for his unusual position and outlook on life, and that the Chinese people seemed to genuinely look out for him. That’s strange as the city was filled with folk that’s as cold and as abrasive as the sandstorms that whip through it.
But I guess if you’ve to understand a city, you’ve to stay there for a while, mingle and expectorate loudly.
I’ve captured these images during my month-long trip through China & Taiwan.