Wonderful pictures ci - all of them are beautiful, but I especially loved the terra cotta soldier's museum, the tai chi class and the portrait of the boat man (his smile).
My dad loved China and encouraged me to go if I ever had the chance - I never really saw the allure until recently - and these pictures have helped cement my resolve that it's a place I'd enjoy exploring.
Thanks for posting them.
I agree with your dad. I've visited China three times, and the last one was to do the Yangtze River cruise before they completed flooded everything - which is supposed to happen this year. The progress in China since my first visit in 1992 is not only dramatic, but they now have some of the best hotels at very reasonable prices. The biggest problem for China and its people are the increase in pollution through their factories and use of coal for energy. You can still get a glimpse of the old China even in the Hutong area of Beijing and many of its villages. If you get the chance, go with a travel company that includes a visit to their grade schools in China (both in the big cities and in the small villages). When you do decide to go, let me know; I'll try to make some recommendations not found in your itinerary.
You should try to see the Canadian movie called Manufactured Landscapes which has been screened 3 times recently on Sky Arts One.
See something of the real China.
Tue 24 Feb, 2009 04:25 pm
This second group is from Central Asia which includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The tour last May concentrated on the Silk Road route, and the impressions I got while there was much different than my anticipation. Their architecture is unique, and their people are very friendly and many speak English. We felt welcomed at most of the places we visited from the bazaars to the madrasas, and I learned some new things about the Silk Road; that the eastern-most terminus was Osaka, Japan, and not Xian, China.
The Silk Road.
What most of us "see" about Central Asia.
The architecture of Central Asia.
We were treated to several fashion shows.
The food we ate were quite good.
This was a cultural show in Khiva. That 3-year old boy danced and sang for us.
Tue 24 Feb, 2009 08:41 pm
Many have been to London, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to see some favorites in and around London Town.
Royal War Museum.
Polynesians kill Captain Cook.
Goodnight (from Greenwich).
Tue 24 Feb, 2009 10:34 pm
This time, we're going across the Pacific to Japan. This was our second trip to Japan, and this time it was a Buddhist pilgrimage to Central Japan. The Buddhist temples in Japan are the best way to really appreciate the country, because most were built during the 16th and 17th centuries, and that is where the Japanese culture is extant.
Girl's day display. My wife used to have one when she was young, but had to leave it behind when they moved to Colorado when WWII was declared.
Mums are popular in Japan.
A small village.
Most of the temples are built on higher elevations, and one must climb steps or hills to reach them.
This is Todaiji Temple in Nara. It's supposed to be the largest wooden building in the world.
Our Sensai at prayer. We all repeated Sutras from a book.
The old town of Kyoto.
This is where they filmed The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise.
The temple grounds are well kept and beautiful.
Wed 25 Feb, 2009 11:42 am
This group was taken while in Hong Kong during Chinese New Years some years ago before our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.
This was our hotel.
Nathan Road, the main shopping street.
Doormen at the Peninsula Hotel famous for their high tea.
Star ferry (seniors ride free).
Inside the Star ferry.
Victoria peak tram entrance.
View of harbor.
New Year's celebration parade and show.
Temple in New Territories where they practice three religions; Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Our Hong Kong local guide.
Wed 25 Feb, 2009 04:19 pm
Just a note on the Todaiji Temple in Nara; the Buddha inside the building is almost 50 feet tall.
Wed 25 Feb, 2009 04:59 pm
Typical street(s) in a big city like Hanoi and Saigon.
The Vietnamese can be seen sitting on the sidewalk having their meals.
Ho Chi Min's tomb.
Ho Chi Min's home.
A Buddhist temple.
Halong Bay (This is where they filmed one of the James Bond movie).
A cave we visited on Halong Bay.
A nice billboard in Vietnam (I like it).
Wild Rice restaurant in Hanoi.
If anyone would like to me do pictures of a country that I have visited (past five or six years), please request it.
Excellent collection of pic's. Its really informative.Thanks for share.
Wed 3 Apr, 2013 02:56 am
Thnaks roger, I do twit becasue I am one.
I absolutely loved Sri Lanka, I was there in 2011 for one too-short week. Travelled along the west coast from Columbo to Galle (the picture is from a beach somewhere in the middle - Hikkaduwa) A beautiful place.
I have also travelled around South East Asia and have a lot of photos I'd like to share on here but um, where's the upload picture box? I suppose I have to do something more complicated... beyond the means of my tiny mind and far exceeding my limited patience for such things