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a handful of photos from China
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I failed hard on keeping up with posting photos here while i traveled around China. Posting photos on LiveJournal still feels a bit odd to me, though i suspect here people would be more inclined to read the captions than on Facebook. Perhaps it's the mark of an incompetent photographer, but i always feel i need to explain the story behind taking the shot.

This is a picture of people enjoying the flooding in Guilin. Remember i wrote about a crazy guy floating down the river with a GoPro in his mouth? This was the river.

One of my most favorite things about mainland China is the sheer tackiness of anything even a little bit touristy. This is taken inside a cave in a park in Guiyang. I felt like i was inside one of my favorite movies - Big Trouble in Little China.

Even selfies have a story. This is where i sat down after the scary walk over the mountain where we were attacked by monkeys. As i took the selfie-of-relief, a random Chinese girl walked over to me and asked if she could take a photo with me. White people in Guiyang are apparently as exotic as the costumed ethnic minorities.

Here is a picture of Chongqing, so you can understand just how ridiculously photogenic the place is. These sorts of views are what made me want to visit. Unfortunately walking around the city itself was not much fun at all.

Completely on the flip-side - Chengdu is an entirely unphotogenic city, and i didn't get any shots there that i liked besides this one. This is the moment i got caught without my umbrella in a sudden rainstorm.

I zoomed through Guangyuan and Hanzhong too quickly to get any decent photos, and trying to get good angles of the mountains from inside the bus was hopeless. We did briefly pull over at a rest-stop on the way to Xi'an, though, so i snapped one picture just so i could give y'all a very limited idea of the kind of rugged terrain that forms the natural border around Sichuan province.

Xi'an, if you recall, was the first place i really saw "new areas" in action. Every single highrise you can see in this shot is under construction. And this was just one small corner of the new area, taken from a ring road overpass.

Even though my stay in Kaifeng was ridiculously short, i had a lot fun walking around the supremely tacky canals. This is just one bridge and pagoda of many.

Here's a pic of that bizarre beach in Shanghai that is actually a huge enclosed salt water pool.

And a picture of the Yangtze river delta. It's like bingo - cruise ship, bulk carrier, barges, sampan, smog...

Riding along one of the dykes on Hengsha Island.

And, for a bonus, here is one of the most charming touristy things i have seen in Hong Kong: fisherman pulled up to the wharf selling their wares to throngs of people leaning over the railings.


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Love the photos -- and I especially enjoy that selfie of you knowing at what time in your journey it was taken. I was actually frightened WITH you when you were describing the monkeys. You leave no clue in that photo that you had just been through that experience!

That bridge is a beautiful work of art! And, those old Chinese pagodas are also works of art, too. They love color!

Haha, the funny thing about a lot of the "old" pagodas and bridges in China is that most of them were built in the last few decades and designed to look old-fashioned. That's why i find them so endearing - it feels a bit like walking through a Vegas or Disneyland idea of what China is supposed to look like... except you're actually in China! Of course there are still legit old buildings in some cities, though sadly a lot of them have been destroyed in the various wars and revolutions over the years. If you look just below at my reply to tsuki_no_bara you can see another pagoda in Chengdu.

Here is a picture of some of the monkey tribe playing around in a makeshift swimming pool on top of a temple.

They were actually very cute, it's just a bit scary at the same time because they are very fast and they outnumber the humans!

i admit i was a little bummed when you stopped posting pics, because i like knowing what things look like. so thank you for posting these. :D that bridge is amazing, and that dragon is fabulously tacky. and sichuan province is so green!

what is that guy in the last pic selling? because it looks like he's got shellfish (and possibly things with tentacles) in those plastic boxes.

Yep, all those boxes are filled with water and various different live fish. I am not really a seafood expert, but there were definitely shellfish and crustaceans in there. Catfish and bigeye are two popular ones you see swimming in boxes out the front of restaurants here. In this boat there were some black and silver striped fish, though i don't know what they are. Perhaps a type of carp? You can see the full size picture here: https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/amw/236963/28324/28324_original.jpg

Since you liked the bridge, here is another picture of a more stereotypical Chinese architecture - a pagoda along one of the canals in Chengdu. Underneath all that overgrown greenery was a little tea stall where a couple of old ladies were just sitting round chilling :)

that is such a cool building, especially with all that greenery draped around the bottom of it. the image of two little old chinese ladies sitting at a tea stall under a moss canopy having their tea and chilling out is really cute, too.

the black and silver striped fish in that boat look like lobster tails! altho i assume they're whole fish. do lobsters even grow in hong kong harbor?

Thank you for posting these pics, they are a delight! especially the selfie :)

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