Public Guards in the Park

Public Guards in the Park
Originally uploaded by paulbrockmann.

Guards in these uniforms are virtually omnipresent in Beijing. It seems they’re always male, usually young, and usually pretty friendly — none of that Buckhingham Palace reserve for these guys. I’m not sure quite what their title or function is — they seem more public security than police per se, and I’m pretty positive they’re not military. At some point perhaps I’ll engage one in conversation and find out where they fit in the organization of public order and security here in the PRC. For now, enjoy this shot of several of them standing proudly on duty during National Week at one of Beijing’s major attractions…followed by two shots of different groups of them being a bit more relaxed.

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