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Photos and Travel16 Jun 2008

I’ve just come back from China. It was a fantastic two-week trip to Beijing and Wuhan. I’ll relate more about it in subsequent communications; for now, here are some of our photos.

As photographed from the plane on the flight over: a very large mountain in Alaska? Russia? I’m not entirely sure where we were at that point.

Meteor impact crater?

Beijing, at the gate of the Forbidden City.

Detail from the Nine Dragon Screen in the Forbidden City.

Inside the Forbidden City. There is reconstruction work going on, as you can see.

Mao’s tomb, in Tian’anmen square. Tian’anmen is absolutely huge – I don’t think it’s possible to take a photo that does it justice. Of course, as I quickly learned, everything in China is huge…

Even the ducks! Okay, not really. This is outside a restaurant just off Tian’anmen where we ate Beijing Duck. Which I must say I really liked.

As if the Forbidden City wasn’t enough, the Emperor also had a posh summer palace with extensive gardens.

Tower of Buddhist Incense, inside the royal gardens.

There were a surprising number of English signs, especially in Beijing. Most were much better translated than this one. Waiter, there’s Shanghai in my soup…

They always talk about “climbing” the great wall. I understand why now: they built the gigantic thing on top of mountains wherever they could.

The view from the Great Wall, looking the other way. China is hosting the Olympics this year, maybe you heard…?

East Lake in Wuhan.

A very large number of turtles at a Buddhist Temple in Wuhan.

Wuhan traffic goes from bad to worse, with the Yangtze river bridge in the background.

Lastly, Wuhan’s famous Yellow Crane Tower – one of the top four towers in all of China.

4 Responses to “Smattering of China”

  1. 18 Jun 2008 at 10:15 am luke

    actally, that bun and soup meal looks pretty good. of course, i bet they are meat filled with soup made with meat broth, but otherwise, it looks tasty.

  2. 18 Jun 2008 at 6:32 pm Ian

    The “soup” on the sign doesn’t actually refer to soup, it refers to the filling of the dumplings (which aren’t really buns). A better translation might have been “Shanghai-style dumpling combination plate”.

    Probably there’s meat in the dumplings.

  3. 09 Jul 2008 at 1:40 pm Chiya

    I like a lot of these pictures, especially the last one which has neat composition.

  4. 09 Jul 2008 at 8:54 pm Ian

    Thanks. I don’t really think of myself as much of a photographer but lately I have been trying to pay attention to what is inside the little window before I click the button.

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