Daxing Airport, Beijing, China

While there are a number of interesting airports that I’ve transited through in my travels, I never thought that I’d come across one that took my breath away. If you’re a fan of the late British-Iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, you must try and spend some time at Beijing’s latest Daxing Airport, located about 50 minutes south of Beijing’s central business district.

GFX 50R 33.8mm ISO-800 1/80sec f/4
GFX 50R 32mm ISO-100 1/4sec f/8
GFX 50R 32mm ISO-500 1/80sec f/4

On a recent trip to Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture in Yunnan, China’s southwestern province, I had the opportunity to depart from Daxing Airport. From the outside, the airport has a unique shape, designed so that it minimizes walking distance no matter which gates you depart or arrive from. 

GFX 50R 32mm ISO-2500 1/80sec f/5.6
GFX 50R 41.8mm ISO-500 1/80sec f/4
GFX 50R 32.6mm ISO-1250 1/80sec f/4

While a drone shot looks spectacular, it’s when you get inside that the mesmerizing visuals start. I was “fortunate” to have a 6:50AM flight which meant arriving at the airport at 5:30AM. This was fortunate because it meant very few people around. 

GFX 50R 32mm ISO-100 1/2sec f/8
GFX 50R 32mm ISO-800 1/80sec f/4
GFX 50R 32mm ISO-640 1/80sec f/4

I quickly grabbed my GFX 50R and 32-64MM zoom lens and took as many pics as I could before I had to rush through security to make my flight. The images shared here do not cover the full airport as I could only access the departure areas while heading out; upon arrival, there are a number of interesting angles I wished I could take, but I had a car waiting so I’ll have to save that for another trip.

GFX 50R 32mm ISO-1000 1/80sec f/4

I hope that you enjoy the images in this post and get a chance to see this amazing airport in person; it’s even more incredible in real life. Let me know what you think of the airport in the comments below; you don’t have to register to post comments. 

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