Wednesday July 13 2011 we ( Monika & Me ) left home at 4AM to go to the Saint John Airport to begin our much anticipated trip to China.
Friends - Hoa & Tran Giang had
invited us to visit & they would show us around. We flew to Toronto ( 2.5 hrs) &
from Toronto to Hong Kong (15.5 hours in the air ) & arrived at 1PM local
time July 14. We drove immediately in to Main Land China where we remained
until July 30 , when we returned to Hong Kong Airport for our flight home.
The weather was very hot, 30+ every day , & very humid. My glasses & camera lenses fogged up every time I went outside -that threw me for a while & you will see some of that in the pictures. I did take a lot of pictures. There were some challenges. The heat & humidity already mentioned plus we had no control of the vehicle or schedule. Many are shot from a moving bus or from behind a window - a reflective sheet of glass. I kept a lot of technically questionable shots because they illustrated for me an interesting aspect of life in the areas we visited.
As our hosts , our tour companions , & our environment were all Chinese we were in total immersion. It was an incredible experience that we thoroughly enjoyed. Very different in many ways ; in other ways very familiar. Often what you see, is a consumer society , driven very much as ours by trends , brands , & fashion. The food was great & many of the meals were exceptional. That is not to say we didn't appreciate the occasional taste of home , as some of the hotels offered bacon & eggs & coffee in the breakfast buffet.
Usually I present the
photos in the order they were taken. I thought for these pictures it might
be more helpful to to group them by topic or location. Many choices are quite
arbitrary as some photos might legitimately belong in several groups. Four
pages are devoted to pictures of people. You might find that these
pictures are also informative about the various locations where they were taken.
Monika is responsible for more than100 of the following pictures.
Index Page China 2011
1 Tour Stops Includes Changjiang Bridge , Pearls , Jade , Silk , Tea , Medicine, Temple &
Page 2 Buddha Wuxi :- Lingshan Buddhist Temple , Fountain , Restaurant & grounds
Page 3 Temple Nanjing :- includes Confucius Fu Zi Temple & Jichang Garden
Page 4 Shanghai Shanghai:- includes Nanjing Road Shopping at night and Old Town by day
Page 5 Tower Shanghai:- Shanghai's famous Oriental Pearl Tower & the city below at night
Page 6 Garden Suzhou :- Lingering Garden
Page 7 Movie Hengdian :- (Hollywood East) Qin Dynasty Palace Movie Set
Page 8 Lake Hangzhou: Includes stops at West Lake
Page 9 Song Dynasty Dance Show Hangzhou: - Impressive Live Show with Hundreds of Actors / Singers / Dancers depicting Song Dynasty Stories
Page 10 Wuzhen Water Town Wuzhen:- China's Venice - a 600 year old canal town
Page 10 Walled City Nanjing :- Worlds oldest & largest city wall & Zhonghua Gate from Ming Dynasty
Page 11 Huazhou Huazhou:- Home town of Hoa's father - where we spent last 3 days of our trip
Page 12 Various Familiar Brands, Flowers, Flying , China
Page 13 Bicycles Scooters Umbrellas Ubiquitous - these stand out in stark contrast to home
Page 14 , 15 , 16 , & 17 People Look @ me - Me - Monika - Hoa - Tran(Jenny) - Friends -acquaintance Tour Companions , Strangers
Page 18 & 19 Shops & Shopping It is a retail World
Page 20 Streets & Highways Streets & Highways - need I say more - most pictures in this group are shot from a moving vehicle
Page 21 Food Restaurants Hotels We had to eat sometime
Page 22 Buildings mostly in passing - from the buss - or from the hotel
Page 23 Drive By as seen at 100Km/hr
Page 24 Construction & Local Life Building everywhere & a look at everyday life
Copyright 2011 by
J. Gordon Anderson
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