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Glimpses of Beijing through windows and doorways

BEIJING (AP) — China’s sprawling capital city was new territory for Associated Press photographer Tatan Syuflana. Between covering high-ranking officials and capturing the pulse of daily life, the Jakarta-based photographer sought out glimpses of Beijing through windows, doorways and other portals.

A shop worker in a flowing imperial-era robe. Historic portraits of former leaders in a shop window. A rider gazing out from a public bus. A solitary person striking an Instagrammable pose in a stone opening along the Great Wall.

A man dressed in imperial costume depicting the emperor stands at a souvenir store near Great Wall of China on the outskirts of Beijing, April 13. PHOTO: AP

The images show a quiet side to a metropolis of more than 20 million people. The solitude away from the bustle. The silent handlebars of brightly coloured rental bikes only hint at the teeming nature of the city.

A Muslim reads the Quran while waiting for the time to break his fast during the first day of Ramadan at the Niujie Mosque in Beijing, China, March 12. Photo: AP

In some ways, Beijing has the trappings of every other modern capital. In others, it is uniquely Beijing.

A woman poses for photos on the window of a watch tower along the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China on the outskirts of Beijing, April 13. PHOTO: AP