Travelling to China and back - a preview

/ Tuesday, 4 December 2012 /

 New Shanghai. The building  on the left, which resembles pearls, is iconic and practically embodies modern Shanghai. The light displays at the river bank is absolutely breaktaking. Much moreso than Sydney!

 Old Shanghai lies on the opposite river bank. Old Shanghai includes a string of old colonial French and British architecture. The domed building on the left is or was (I think) the Central Bank.

Temple street "market". This place is very popular with tourists. The maze of temple- inspired buildings are filled with souvenier shops,restaurants and small eateries. The xiaolongbao here are quite well known. BUT, saying that, I still reckon Hong Kong ones and Din Tai Fung ones are better (they are sooo good).   
 Royal gardens in Hangzhou. These gardens are really serene. It is still autumn in Hangzhou so the red, green and yellow leaves really enliven the landscape!

One of the most well known temples in the Eastern Chinese provinces. This is Yue-Wang Temple (岳王庙, "King Yue's Temple") or Yue Fei Miao. According to Wiki (the source of all knowledge, haha) was originally built in 1221 in memory of General Yue Fei, who lost his life because of political persecution. 

Fabrics being dyed in the courtyards. This reminds me of some installation artworks at the Sydney Biennale!
One of the many villages which have been renewed to cater for the ever increasing hoards of tourists travelling to the Eastern Provinces. I find that these places remind of mini-Chinese Venices! People here mainly travel by little wooden boats, electric scooters/ Vespsas or bikes.  

 I really do think Chinese craftsmanship is unparalleled. This piece was in a museum in Shouzhou. The ivory tooth (which was about 2-3 metres long) was carved to recreate this elaborate scene.

 Bridge over the Yangtze river.
Dr Sun Yat Sen's Mausoleum in Namking (Nanjing). On a more serious but relevant note, you can read about the Nanjing Massacare here .
Hope you have a lovely week! Enjoy the photos :) Feel free to comment or leave questions :)


{ Janet } on: 6 December 2012 at 20:12 said...

OMG NANJING MY HOMETOOOOWWWWN!!!!! <3 nostalgia....i actually haven't been back in very long since most of my extended family actually don't live there. but omg i want to go back :/.

my mum went to suzhou! she showed me photos and that exact same ivory carving! soooo gorgeous.

{ Wai Lam } on: 7 December 2012 at 06:38 said...

it was a shame we only stayed around half a day in nanjing! but yeah the maausoleum view was really pretty :)

haha i guess everyone goes to that musueum in suzhou! it was designed by the same man ( IM Pei) who designed the glass pyramid in front of the louvre!

{ Rita Scamander } on: 10 December 2012 at 14:20 said...

Wow China :) The Remembrall *

{ Sam } on: 16 January 2013 at 19:49 said...

Whoa that photo of the fabric being dyed is gorgeous. I like how your view of Shanghai is so full of history while mine is just .... food. hahahahaha.


{ Connie } on: 23 February 2013 at 23:06 said...

the last several times that i went to china, i was not really into photography or taking special photos, but seeing ur post, it makes me wanna go again and catch up on all pretty views >___<

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