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This photo was taken on the south bank of the Chang Jiang River, an area generally called "Nan An". The specific area ran between Shangxin Jie and Mao'er Xi which was the old consular strip before and during the Sino-Japanese war. During that time, Chongqing was one of several "peidu", or temporary capitals. Sometimes it is also called the "wartime capital" which is appropriate. The area where this photo was taken used to be littered with western style architecture with dates as early as 1919. Now, most of those buildings are gone, but some do remain and have been turned into pubs and such. Today people know this area for Nanbing Road, the river road that is lined with restaurants.

For this shot, I turned around and metered a spot of sunlight that was behind me, kept the exposure setting and then took the picture. It was a simple way to ensure correct exposure on the lighted area inside while keeping the rest of the image darker.

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