The first stop was the city of Xi'an, which is one of the oldest cities in China, with some sites dating back more than 3000 years. Best known for the city wall and the close proximity of the famed Terracotta Warriors, this town is definitely less westernized than places like Beijing or Shanghai.
At 7:45pm, the light was perfect! We were able to get some blue color out of the sky and all the lights were on in both towers. This gave us that small window of time to get the shot that I wanted. (Photographer's note: I did take more than 100 different shots of this scene after the sun had set, and I did so for numerous reasons. First, as the sky continues to change in color and the lights of the buildings increase, the photos will look different. Secondly, I tried different white balance settings to see which I liked better. I can change these later, when processing the RAW file, but like to get it as close as possible in the camera. Thirdly, with the cars and people moving in the foreground, I knew that every image would show different motion blue. This particular image appealed to me, since the cars created a nice circular motion around the tower. This was not always the case, since it was dependent on the type of traffic - whether there were tall buses in the frame or not enough vehicles to create trails, and the speed of the flow of traffic. When you have only one change to get an image, make sure to shoot a lot so that you have a better chance of getting that one great image you imagined.)