On most of buildings the roof lines are decorated by a number of glazed porcelain figures, which my guidebook claims are associated with water and are meant to protect the buildings from fire. Wikipedia has a slightly more believable description of each of the figures, but for now I'm sticking with the fire insurance idea! To give you a better idea of the figures here is another photo I took (actually of a different building, but you get the idea).
The terrible air quality in central Beijing allowed me to shoot directly into the sun without a filter to produce some interesting images. Whilst I was relatively happy with the photo straight from the camera I have done a little post-processing. Firstly I used the object removal tool in Paint Shop Pro to remove a smear from the top left of the image (I must have caught the lens at some point). I then used the smart photo fix tool to darken the shadows slightly in order to enhance the silhouette feel of the image.