Photo of the day: Raffles Christmas Bestiary


This week’s photo theme is China Plaza Xmas: ostentatious Christmas mall displays in China’s mostly secular megacities.

We already previewed this particular assemblage earlier in the month:

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But here’s a daytime shot — submitted by Radii’s Hutong Jiemei columnists — so that you can fully appreciate what’s going on. This setup outside the Raffles City mall near Dongzhimen in central Beijing features a life-sized reindeer spinning around in an artificial forest populated by conifers and owls. It cuts a striking balance with the glittering glass skyscrapers surrounding it on all sides.

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