French photographer captures Beijing street scenes in unusual time | Updated: 2020-02-13 10:38
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A 360-degree panoramic photo of the Sanlitun shopping area, taken on Feb 12, 2020, features French photographer Pierre Alivon. [Photo by Pierre Alivon/provided to]

Tranquility arguably ranks among Beijingers' most sought-after luxuries as the metropolis always buzzes with energy.

But the coronavirus outbreak starting in late January has temporarily put a halt on life in Beijing. Then tranquility descends upon the Chinese capital as millions hide in a cocoon of comfort, boredom, as well as anxiety in their homes.

Few can really have the chance to see a rare side of the big city.

Pierre Alivon, a photographer from Paris, is among the few who are free from the runaway cabin fever and he set out to capture Beijing's street scenes in a fresh light.

Despite the risks, the photographer sticks to a daily routine – carrying his Leica to shoot in the streets, hoping to "make a daily report of life in Beijing", a project he's been doing since September 2015, one month after he moved to China.

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