Beijing China Design

中关村 – Beijing is Here

© Nod Young

I came across this cool representation of Chinese text as vector typography on Virtual China. For those who are scratching their heads, the image contains three Chinese characters 中关村 “Zhong Guan Cun” (an area in Beijing) formed into a map of the area it represents – how ingenious! I enjoyed this even more so because Zhong Guan Cun is the crazy technology market area which I used to live next to:

“ZhongGuanCun – a place with unnumbered computers. You can buy a computer, or a set of, a pile of or a kilogram of computers. However, it is not that easy as you think because you need to see and ask rounds by rounds and shops by shops to hunt for the one you want. It just likes a physical torture that so tired you won’t want to go again.”

More of the Summer Palace & Lama Temple can be found in this Flickr set.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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