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#PretaPostcards: Pati Dubroff and Natalie Portman's Beijing Adventure

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Pati Dubroff

The beauty maven hit the Chinese capital with the actress for the Beijing Film Festival.

Pati Dubroff has crisscrossed the globe more times than she can count — both as a spokesperson for brands like Dior and Clarins, and as a makeup artist to her Hollywood clientele, including Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Miley Cyrus.

For the latest stamp in her passport, Dubroff hit the road with Natalie Portman for a whirlwind visit to Beijing. “I was honestly bracing for a challenging trip. Everyone had warned me about terrible pollution and their general dislike of the city. We were extremely lucky as the air had been cleaned up for the festival and we had blue skies and clean air,” says Dubroff of the experience, which centered around a showing of Portman’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, at the Beijing Film Festival.

Before the L.A.-based artist packs her bags to head to New York City for the Met Ball, Dubroff gives us an inside glimpse of her three-day jaunt to Beijing, a stop at the Great Wall of China and plenty of delicious fare included.

One of my favorite meals in Beijing was at a restaurant called Kingsjoy, a very upscale Buddhist vegetarian restaurant housed in a traditional "hutong." The entire experience was like being in heaven. I will dream of this meal for a long, long time and hope to go back someday.

Delectable Chinese bakery goods, some filled with sweet beans, some with fruits and some with flowers (one of my favorites had roses inside!).

This photo really represents the contrast in china, old and new, East meets West. 

Fans awaiting Natalie at the Beijing International Film Festival opening ceremonies. The building looked like a giant spaceship landed in the countryside outside the city. 

Natalie Portman's directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness," shown at the festival. 

The red carpet at the Beijing Film Festival’s Opening Ceremony rivaled that of the Cannes Film Festival or the Oscars. 

We did a very quick visit to the Great Wall. It is awe-inspiring — and to think this was built 2,300 years ago and spans thousands of miles. It was a dream come true to be able to visit.

One of the sheltered fortresses along the Great Wall.

The incredible ancient architecture at the Lama Temple.

Offerings at the Lama Temple.  

At the Lama Temple you pass through many buildings and courtyards to reach the heart of the temple. It's Iike peeling away layers and layers to reach the inner sanctum.

Keepers of the gate at the Lama Temple.

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