Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

China

In October 2007, I spent four weeks in China. Starting in Hong Kong, I headed west accross the south of China. The westmost point was the city of Shigatse in Tibet. From Tibet, I headed east again, finishing up in Shanghai. Here are the photos I took as I did over 2,500 miles of overland travel, reaching up to 5,600m of altitude.

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Hong Kong

Spread over a few islands and a chunk of the mainland, Hong Kong is a special Administrative Region of China. It's official languages, unlike the rest of China, are Cantonese and English. It makes for a gentle introduction to Asia, with its western and Chinese influences. The night skyline is impressive, and the city remains beautiful by day. I took the peak tram to get some good views over it. I also visited a couple of temples, one of them being fairly central and serving three different religions (Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism) and the other being Buddhist (in fact, the temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, the main temple of which features 12,600 small carved statues).

Looking up Nathan Road
Looking up Nathan Road
Looking towards Hong Kong Island
Looking towards Hong Kong Island
Looking towards Hong Kong Island
Looking towards Hong Kong Island
The old station clock
The old station clock
Me in Hong Kong
Me in Hong Kong
Lit up sculpture
Lit up sculpture
Looking towards Hong Kong Island
Looking towards Hong Kong Island
The Light Show
The Light Show
The Light Show
The Light Show
The Light Show
The Light Show
The Light Show
The Light Show
A huge water feature in the cultural center
A huge water feature in the cultural center
A shopping mall
A shopping mall
Skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island
Skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island
A Christian church
A Christian church
The Peak Tram
The Peak Tram
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak
Escalators to/from the viewing platform on the top
Escalators to/from the viewing platform on the top
The building with the viewing platform
The building with the viewing platform
Hong Kong Island through an arch
Hong Kong Island through an arch
Skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island
Skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island
Buildings, older and newer, on Hong Kong Island
Buildings, older and newer, on Hong Kong Island
Skyscraper on Hong Kong Island
Skyscraper on Hong Kong Island
Looking towards Kowloon
Looking towards Kowloon
The Ever Blooming Buddha
The Ever Blooming Buddha
The Ever Blooming Buddha
The Ever Blooming Buddha
The Ever Blooming Buddha with Chinese flags
The Ever Blooming Buddha with Chinese flags
Chinese flags
Chinese flags
The Ever Blooming Buddha with Chinese flags
The Ever Blooming Buddha with Chinese flags
Buildings on Hong Kong Island
Buildings on Hong Kong Island
A main road on Hong Kong Island
A main road on Hong Kong Island
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple
The old station clock tower
The old station clock tower
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
Sunset over Hong Kong Island
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
On the world's longest esculator
Top of the world's longest esculator
Top of the world's longest esculator
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street Night Market
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pavilion at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pavilion at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Looking to the main temple building
Looking to the main temple building
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pagoda at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Incense burner
Incense burner
Colourful Buddhas on a path above the temple
Colourful Buddhas on a path above the temple
Colourful Buddhas on a path above the temple
Colourful Buddhas on a path above the temple
The main pavilion from a distance
The main pavilion from a distance
Buddhas
Buddhas
Another chapel
Another chapel
Buddhas
Buddhas
A Buddha
A Buddha
The main pavilion
The main pavilion
A Buddha
A Buddha
Incense sticks
Incense sticks
Pavilion and pagoda
Pavilion and pagoda
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
Inside the temple
The temple from outside
The temple from outside
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Pathway leading to Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Swedish meatballs have even made it here
Swedish meatballs have even made it here
Snack shop at a train station
Snack shop at a train station
A KCR East Rail train
A KCR East Rail train
Pink building
Pink building

Guangzhou

This was the first city I visited in mainland China. It is situated in the south east, under two hours train journey direct from Hong Kong. Previously known as Canton, the town has been an important trading place since the west showed up in China. Featuring a shiny new and modern underground railway, the skyscapers and busy-ness of the town are punctuated by leafy green parks. Best of all, the people were wonderfully friendly and helpful.

My hotel room
My hotel room
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Martyr Memorial Park
Crossing the road
Crossing the road
Looking along the river
Looking along the river
Way too much delicious food
Way too much delicious food
Ming. whom I chatted with, stood outside the restaurant
Ming. whom I chatted with, stood outside the restaurant
The riverside by night
The riverside by night
The riverside by night
The riverside by night
The riverside by night
The riverside by night
The riverside by night
The riverside by night
Beijing Lu
Beijing Lu
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
The park's Korean Friendship Garden
Sundial
Sundial
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
At a park in the center
Tea Making Man
Tea Making Man
Me with Tea Making Man
Me with Tea Making Man
Me with Li Po Hwah, who worked at the shop
Me with Li Po Hwah, who worked at the shop
The Five Rams statue
The Five Rams statue
The Five Rams statue
The Five Rams statue
Stone of writing
Stone of writing
The Zhentai building
The Zhentai building
The gates of the park
The gates of the park
Junk food lunch
Junk food lunch
Seriously, no balloon, OK?
Seriously, no balloon, OK?
Guangzhou train station
Guangzhou train station

Yangshou

Situated amongst beautiful limestone rocks, Yangshou is a busy tourist town. Popular with the Chinese as a holiday destination, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. I took a hot air balloon ride as well as a trip down the river Li on a bamboo raft.

Dinner on the train
Dinner on the train
Mr Wu and family, who I met on the train
Mr Wu and family, who I met on the train
Near the bus stop
Near the bus stop
The main street
The main street
A park in the center
A park in the center
Typical Chinese architecture
Typical Chinese architecture
The river running by the town
The river running by the town
The river running by the town
The river running by the town
The river running by the town
The river running by the town
The river running by the town
The river running by the town
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
Inside the hot air balloon
Inside the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
Me in the hot air balloon
Me in the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
A view from the hot air balloon
The balloon after we landed
The balloon after we landed
The balloon
The balloon
The balloon
The balloon
The balloon
The balloon
Man with bird-catching fish
Man with bird-catching fish
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
On the river
Boats we had been on
Boats we had been on
Looking along the river
Looking along the river
Street
Street
Friends from my hostel
Friends from my hostel

Chengdu

Chengdu is situated in the province of Sichuan, where the food is hot and spicy. The traffic is pretty crazy, with pedlos and motor scooters wheeling their way around the cars. It features a large statue of Mao and, on the outskirts, perhaps the world's leading Giant Panda breeding program. It also has its share of parks and temples.

View from the train window
View from the train window
View from the train window
View from the train window
View from the train window
View from the train window
Three Chinese friends in my compartment
Three Chinese friends in my compartment
Me with Lio I
Me with Lio I
Me with Clear Alcohol Woman from the next compartment
Me with Clear Alcohol Woman from the next compartment
My room, with curiously located shower
My room, with curiously located shower
The crazy Chengdu traffic
The crazy Chengdu traffic
Bright buildings
Bright buildings
The football stadium
The football stadium
Flowers near the center
Flowers near the center
The main square
The main square
Mao statue overlooks the square
Mao statue overlooks the square
The main square
The main square
The main square
The main square
The main square
The main square
The main square
The main square
Delicious spicy Chengdu food
Delicious spicy Chengdu food
Riding a pedlo
Riding a pedlo
Traffic jam
Traffic jam
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cub eating bamboo
Giant Panda cub eating bamboo
Giant Panda cub eating bamboo
Giant Panda cub eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Giant Panda cubs eating bamboo
Sub-adult panda
Sub-adult panda
Two adult pandas playing
Two adult pandas playing
Two adult pandas playing
Two adult pandas playing
Two adult pandas playing
Two adult pandas playing
The panda kindergaten
The panda kindergaten
The panda kindergaten
The panda kindergaten
The panda kindergaten
The panda kindergaten
Panda sculpture
Panda sculpture
Sculpture outside the sanctuary
Sculpture outside the sanctuary
Outside the Wenshu temple
Outside the Wenshu temple
One of the Wenshu Temple's guidance kings
One of the Wenshu Temple's guidance kings
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
Assembly room of the Wenshu temple
Assembly room of the Wenshu temple
Assembly room of the Wenshu temple
Assembly room of the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
In the Wenshu temple
Government building
Government building
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
The artist with his book
The artist with his book
Myself with the artist of the previously shown paintings
Myself with the artist of the previously shown paintings
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
Art in the Chengdu Art Museum
The Railway Protection Workers monument
The Railway Protection Workers monument
The Railway Protection Workers monument
The Railway Protection Workers monument
Giant cock in a park
Giant cock in a park
In the people's park
In the people's park
In the people's park
In the people's park
In the people's park
In the people's park
In the people's park
In the people's park
Enjoying a fondu
Enjoying a fondu
The nice Foundu restaurant
The nice Foundu restaurant

Flight Chengdu - Lhasa Airport

The one and only break from overland travel in the entire trip, I took a flight from Chengdu to Lhasa airport. It was cloudy over Chengdu and for the first half of the journey but then it cleared up, giving stunning views down over the mountains and hills of Tibet.

Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Mountains poke through the clouds
Looking down on a barren landscape
Looking down on a barren landscape
Mountains, cloud and sky
Mountains, cloud and sky
Barren Tibetan landscape seen through the clouds
Barren Tibetan landscape seen through the clouds
Barren Tibetan landscape seen through the clouds
Barren Tibetan landscape seen through the clouds
Barren Tibetan landscape seen through the clouds
Barren Tibetan landscape seen through the clouds
A plane at Lhasa airport
A plane at Lhasa airport

Lhasa Airport - Lhasa

Lhasa Airport is actually a 65km drive from Lhasa itself (it used to be a 100km drive until a few years ago, when a new tunnel was opened). The journey was beautiful, crossing two rivers along the way.

Crossing the Yellow River
Crossing the Yellow River
Crossing the Yellow River
Crossing the Yellow River
Crossing the Yellow River
Crossing the Yellow River
A recently built tunnel through the mountains
A recently built tunnel through the mountains
Crossing the Lhasa River
Crossing the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River
By the Lhasa River

Around Lhasa

Lhasa is a city like no other I've ever been to. Despite increasing numbers of Chinese moving in, it has managed to retain a distinctly Tibetan feel. The smell of incense lingers in the air, monks wander around in their maroon robes, people fall to the floor in prayer and the markets bustle with activity. A short walk from the city center, a path leads you along the side of the Lhasa river, making you feel miles away from city life even though it's going on less than fifty meters behind you. There's no words for it really - you just have to go there.

The guesthosue I stayed at
The guesthosue I stayed at
Large pot at the guesthouse
Large pot at the guesthouse
My room
My room
The street my guesthouse was on
The street my guesthouse was on
The square in front of Johkang Temple
The square in front of Johkang Temple
The square in front of Johkang Temple
The square in front of Johkang Temple
Lhasa by night
Lhasa by night
Lhasa by night
Lhasa by night
Lhasa by night
Lhasa by night
A bustling market street
A bustling market street
Smoke from an incense burner
Smoke from an incense burner
A bustling market street
A bustling market street
Prayer flags along the shopping street
Prayer flags along the shopping street
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
Me by the river Lhasa
Me by the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
A Chinese monument
A Chinese monument
A Chinese monument
A Chinese monument
Park
Park
Signs of modern life
Signs of modern life
By the river Lhasa
By the river Lhasa
Prayer flags around a tree
Prayer flags around a tree
Children heading home from school
Children heading home from school

Johkang Temple (Lhasa)

This temple, located in the center of Lhasa, was founded in the 7th Century by King Songtsan Gampo. It is an important site of pilgrimage for Buddhists around the globe, and people had flocked there from many nations when I visited.

In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
Gold-plated carvings on the wall
Gold-plated carvings on the wall
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
Bronze carving
Bronze carving
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
In one of the courtyards
View from the roof
View from the roof
View from the roof
View from the roof
View from the roof
View from the roof
On the roof
On the roof
On the roof
On the roof
View over Lhasa
View over Lhasa
View over the square in front of the temple
View over the square in front of the temple
On the roof
On the roof
On the roof
On the roof
View over the square in front of the temple
View over the square in front of the temple
View over the square in front of the temple
View over the square in front of the temple

Sera Monastery (Lhasa)

Situated on the edge of Lhasa, this monastery was once home to thousands of monks, but since the Cultural Revolution home to just hundreds. Hanging out of reach in the main temple are weapons, which were put there after the Dalai Lama stated that Buddhists should fight with knowledge, not violence.

The main temple
The main temple
The monastery grounds
The monastery grounds
The monastery grounds
The monastery grounds
The monastery grounds
The monastery grounds
Living area
Living area
The main temple
The main temple
Outbuildings
Outbuildings

Portola Palace (Lhasa)

The past home of the Dalai Lamas - up to the point where the current one was sent into exile by the Communist Party of China - the Portola Palace is situated on a mountain overlooking Lhasa. It has over a thousand rooms and the tombs of the Dalai Lamas from the fifth onwards.

The Portola Palace from within the palace grounds
The Portola Palace from within the palace grounds
The Portola Palace from within the palace grounds
The Portola Palace from within the palace grounds
View climbing the front
View climbing the front
View climbing the front
View climbing the front
Entering the palace
Entering the palace
Entering the palace
Entering the palace
View at the back of the palace
View at the back of the palace
The back of the palace
The back of the palace
Back of the palace with view over Lhasa
Back of the palace with view over Lhasa
The back of the palace
The back of the palace
Back of the palace with view over Lhasa
Back of the palace with view over Lhasa
View over Lhasa
View over Lhasa
Back of the palace
Back of the palace
View over Lhasa
View over Lhasa
The pack of the palace
The pack of the palace
Stupa outside the palace (holds ash, scriptures, etc)
Stupa outside the palace (holds ash, scriptures, etc)
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Monument in the park opposite the palace
Monument in the park opposite the palace
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it
Portola Palace from the park opposite it

Lhasa - Gyantse

This road trip started out by the Lhasa river, went up the Jabala pass, then headed alongside the Yellow river for a while. Later we left the tarmacced roads for a track accross desert terrain, a dusty, bumpy and exhilerating experience. I'll leave the photos to tell the rest.

























































































Pelkor Choede Monestary (Gyantse)

The monastery is the main sight in Gyantse, the forth largest city in Tibet (as you might gather from the photo overlooking it from the top of the kumbum, it's not that big a place). Kumbum means Thousands Of Buddhas, and it is the tall structure that gets narrower at each level. At the top is the Cosmic Buddha, and for Buddhists ascending this tower and visiting the chapels on each floor is a kind of spiritual journey.

View of the monastery
View of the monastery
Prayer wheels
Prayer wheels
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
One level of the kumbum
One level of the kumbum
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
Buildings of the monastery
View from the kumbum
View from the kumbum
Door on the top floor of the kumbum
Door on the top floor of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
View from the top of the kumbum
The kumbum
The kumbum

Gyantse - Shigatse

The first part of the journey was a somewhat white experience, thanks to the snow that had fallen overnight. A couple of hours into the journey, though, and it was all gone. We stopped at a small village in the middle of nowhere and visited its monastery; this is the only one that allowed photos to be taken inside.

River by Gyantse
River by Gyantse
Along the road
Along the road
Snow covered fields
Snow covered fields
Snow covered hills
Snow covered hills
Snow covered fields
Snow covered fields
Passing through a village
Passing through a village
Snow covered fields
Snow covered fields
Snow covered fields
Snow covered fields
Snow covered fields
Snow covered fields
Along the road
Along the road
The snow ends
The snow ends
Reflective pool of water
Reflective pool of water
Still partly frozen ground
Still partly frozen ground
Snowy mountains in the distance
Snowy mountains in the distance
Passing a village
Passing a village
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
The road
The road
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
Inside a chapel
Inside a chapel
Holy scriptures
Holy scriptures
Buddhas
Buddhas
Buddhas
Buddhas
Offerrings
Offerrings
Holy scriptures
Holy scriptures
Buddhas and offerings
Buddhas and offerings
Buddhas
Buddhas
Holy scriptures
Holy scriptures
IIn the grounds of a village monastery
IIn the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
In the grounds of a village monastery
Village in the desert
Village in the desert
Village in the desert
Village in the desert
Village in the desert
Village in the desert
Village in the desert
Village in the desert
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Desert terrain
Fields
Fields
Fields
Fields

Ta Shi Luhn Po Monastery (Shigatse)

This monastery is the home of the Branchan Lama, although the Chinese imprisoned the one that the Tibetans recognize and installed a puppet one. It's a large complex situated at the heart of the city.

The entrance
The entrance
In the main square
In the main square
Looking towards a temple
Looking towards a temple
Temple entrance
Temple entrance
Living areas
Living areas
Living areas
Living areas
The main temple
The main temple
The main temple
The main temple
The main temple
The main temple
The main temple
The main temple
Beautiful paintings and calligraphy
Beautiful paintings and calligraphy
Me in front of the temple
Me in front of the temple
A pole of prayer flags
A pole of prayer flags
Living areas
Living areas
Living areas
Living areas
Yet another hall
Yet another hall
Back in the main square again
Back in the main square again
Outside the monastery
Outside the monastery
The park opposite the monastery
The park opposite the monastery

Shigatse - Lhasa

This amazing drive started before sunrise and took a different route than we had taken on the way. The rising sun cast stunning shadows over the desert, creating areas of bright orange and dark black. Later we came upon a large snow-covered mountain, before climbing to the highest point of my trip on a pass that reached 5,600m. Then it was all the way down and back to Lhasa, by rivers, vast plains, mountains and yaks with their herders. The pictures fill in the gaps in the story.


















































































My Driver And Guide

The two wonderful people who looked after me and made my time in Tibet amazing and enjoyable - my driver (whose name I tried and fail to pronounce, then forgot - he spoke no English) and my guide (Nyima, who spoke good English and was really lovely).

The driver and I
The driver and I
The guide (Nyima) and I
The guide (Nyima) and I

Lhasa - Xi'an Train

I took all of these through the windows of the train, except the first one which I took on the platform. Instead of coming up with titles for each of these, I'll just leave the images to do the talking.





























































































Xi'an

Xi'an has been the center of power of many dynasties over time, and has a lot of history around it - not least the famous Terracotta Army. It also has its city walls still in place, though in a rather modern looking and rennovated form. You can walk all around the city on them - a 14km walk. Rumour has it that Xi'an hasn't seen a clear blue sky in over 20 years thanks to pollution; the city itself is a bit of a grey place in general. There are some brighter areas though, such as the bustling Muslim Quarter.

The city wall by night
The city wall by night
The city wall by day
The city wall by day
Erm, taxi anyone?
Erm, taxi anyone?
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
Guard tower
Guard tower
The train station
The train station
One of the main streets of Xi'an
One of the main streets of Xi'an
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
Why there hasn't been a clear sky here for 20 years
Why there hasn't been a clear sky here for 20 years
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
Not so picturesque bit of Xi'an
Not so picturesque bit of Xi'an
Bell at the East Gate
Bell at the East Gate
The Esat Gate
The Esat Gate
The East Gate
The East Gate
Inside a building at the East Gate
Inside a building at the East Gate
Cannons by the East Gate
Cannons by the East Gate
The East Gate
The East Gate
The East Gate
The East Gate
On the wall
On the wall
View from the wall
View from the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
Quaint buildings
Quaint buildings
By the South Gate
By the South Gate
The South Gate
The South Gate
The South Gate
The South Gate
The South Gate
The South Gate
The South Gate
The South Gate
The Bello Tower
The Bello Tower
The Drum Tower
The Drum Tower
The Drum Tower
The Drum Tower
The Drum Tower
The Drum Tower
I've no idea what it is, but it's pretty
I've no idea what it is, but it's pretty
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
In the Muslim Quarter
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
Entrance to the prayer hall
Entrance to the prayer hall
Decoration on the prayer hall
Decoration on the prayer hall
The prayer hall
The prayer hall
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The grounds of the Great Mosque
The only bit of Russian I remember seeing in China
The only bit of Russian I remember seeing in China
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
On the wall
The west gate
The west gate
The north gate
The north gate
The wall by night
The wall by night

Terracotta Warriors

The First Qin Emporrer wanted to make sure that his tomb was well gaurded, so he had an army made to gaurd it - out of Terracotta. It was sufficiently secret that it never made dynastic records - the story goes that those that worked on it were murdered so as to keep its location secret too. Discovered only a few decades ago, by a farmer digging a well (talk about getting more than you bargined for), they are still excavating some areas. The main pit has hundreds of individually carved warriors, every one unique, in good shape, though.

In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the first pit
In the third pit
In the third pit
In the third pit
In the third pit
In the third pit
In the third pit
In the second pit
In the second pit
A warrior in a display cabinet
A warrior in a display cabinet
A warrior in a display cabinet
A warrior in a display cabinet
A warrior in a display cabinet
A warrior in a display cabinet
Warriror with a horse in a display cabinet
Warriror with a horse in a display cabinet
Horse in a display cabinet
Horse in a display cabinet
In the second pit
In the second pit
In the second pit
In the second pit
Outside, the rain falls
Outside, the rain falls
The exhibition center
The exhibition center
Bronze horses and chariot
Bronze horses and chariot
Bronze horses and chariot
Bronze horses and chariot
Bronze horses and chariot
Bronze horses and chariot
Bronze horses and chariot
Bronze horses and chariot

Hua Shan

Hua Shan, which translates as Kingdom or Nation Mountain, is one of the holy mountains of China. The first four kilometers of the ascent are pretty gentle sloping paths. The final three are an exhausting climb up thousands of steps, many of them very narrow. The views make the pain worthwhile, though.

The start of the walk
The start of the walk
Walking at the base of the mountain
Walking at the base of the mountain
Walking at the base of the mountain
Walking at the base of the mountain
Walking at the base of the mountain
Walking at the base of the mountain
Walking at the base of the mountain
Walking at the base of the mountain
On the way up
On the way up
On the way up
On the way up
Padlocks with red (luck) ribbons
Padlocks with red (luck) ribbons
Padlocks with red (luck) ribbons
Padlocks with red (luck) ribbons
Padlocks with red (luck) ribbons
Padlocks with red (luck) ribbons
Flags
Flags
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Semi-exhausted me
Semi-exhausted me
Inscription on a rock
Inscription on a rock
Important warning sign
Important warning sign
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Ruins
Ruins
A temple
A temple
Temple entrance
Temple entrance
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
The stairs
The stairs
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
More stairs
More stairs
Even more stairs
Even more stairs
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Chinese inscriptions on rock
Chinese inscriptions on rock
Even more stairs
Even more stairs
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
Views on the way up
The top
The top
The top
The top
Pointing Rock
Pointing Rock
Pointing Rock
Pointing Rock
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Me
Me
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Views climbing the East Peak
Me at Hua Shan
Me at Hua Shan
The people I climbed the mountain with
The people I climbed the mountain with
Views at the top
Views at the top
Views at the top
Views at the top
Views at the top
Views at the top
Views at the top
Views at the top
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
On the cable car down
The bottom of the cable car
The bottom of the cable car

Around Beijing

Beijing, capital of China, is home to choking traffic and beautiful architecture that makes it more than worth putting up with.

A strangely quiet Beijing road
A strangely quiet Beijing road
A lady I met who was celebrating her birthday
A lady I met who was celebrating her birthday
The friend celebrating with her. Then I crashed the party. :-)
The friend celebrating with her. Then I crashed the party. :-)
Xi Hai lake, near my hostel
Xi Hai lake, near my hostel
Xi Hai lake, near my hostel
Xi Hai lake, near my hostel
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square
Tianemen Square

The Great Wall

The mythical history of the Great Wall of China says that it is 10,000 Li (about 5,000km) in length, in one continuous stretch, and that it is thousands of years old. While it is true that the Chinese have been building walls for the (stated) purpose of defense (and the less stated purpose of expansion) for thousands of years, the current brick wall was built 500 or so years back by the Ming Dynasty. The section I walked was one of the restored ones; most of it lies in ruins. It's still an impressive work, nonetheless.

Looking up to the west section of the wall
Looking up to the west section of the wall
Looking up to the east section of the wall
Looking up to the east section of the wall
Bridge to the western section
Bridge to the western section
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
Looking to the eastern section
Looking to the eastern section
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
The wall amongst the autumn plants
The wall amongst the autumn plants
The wall amongst the autumn plants
The wall amongst the autumn plants
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
Approaching the end of the restored western section
Approaching the end of the restored western section
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
Me on the wall
Me on the wall
On the western section of the wall
On the western section of the wall
The end of the restored part of the western wall
The end of the restored part of the western wall
Looking towards the eastern part
Looking towards the eastern part
The western part
The western part
Train passing the mountain
Train passing the mountain
Heading towards the eastern part
Heading towards the eastern part
Heading towards the eastern part
Heading towards the eastern part
The start of the climb up the eastern part
The start of the climb up the eastern part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
Looking back on the western part of the wall
Looking back on the western part of the wall
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
In a tower
In a tower
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
Nearly exhausted me on the wall
Nearly exhausted me on the wall
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
The climb up to the easten part
Looking up to the top tower
Looking up to the top tower
The easten part of the wall
The easten part of the wall
The easten part of the wall
The easten part of the wall
Sun, pollution and mountains
Sun, pollution and mountains
Sun, pollution and mountains
Sun, pollution and mountains
Me at the top tower of the eastern part of the wall
Me at the top tower of the eastern part of the wall
Sun, pollution and mountains
Sun, pollution and mountains
The top of the eastern part of the wall
The top of the eastern part of the wall
The top of the eastern part of the wall
The top of the eastern part of the wall
The top of the eastern part of the wall
The top of the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
An orange sun
An orange sun
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
On the eastern part of the wall
Looking to a building in the distance
Looking to a building in the distance
Looking back on the eastern part of the wall
Looking back on the eastern part of the wall
Looking back on the eastern part of the wall
Looking back on the eastern part of the wall
Looking back on the eastern part of the wall
Looking back on the eastern part of the wall

The Forbidden City (Beijing)

Home to the leaders of China for roughly half a century, this complex is a reminder of the Chinese love for walled buildings: you pass beneath quite a few of them before reaching the throne room at the center. It's name comes from the fact that it was out of bounds to all ordinary people over the hundreds of years that rulers lived here. Now it is open to the thousands of tourists that visit it every year.

Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
Outside the Forbidden City
The huge Mao portrait
The huge Mao portrait
Inside the first wall
Inside the first wall
Inside the first wall
Inside the first wall
Bridge over a moat
Bridge over a moat
The moat
The moat
Buildings
Buildings
The moat
The moat
Building
Building
One of the main buildings, under scaffholding
One of the main buildings, under scaffholding
Building
Building
Building
Building
Gate through one of the walls
Gate through one of the walls
Beautiful decoration
Beautiful decoration
The more important buildings have even more walls
The more important buildings have even more walls
Looking down from the walls
Looking down from the walls
Inside
Inside
Walls, walls and more walls
Walls, walls and more walls
A reception hall
A reception hall
A reception hall
A reception hall
A reception hall
A reception hall
Building
Building
A reception hall
A reception hall
Another gate
Another gate
Gate
Gate
Building up close
Building up close
Looking through one of the gates
Looking through one of the gates

Huge bronze bowl
Huge bronze bowl

Bronze carving
Bronze carving


Entrance to the gardens
Entrance to the gardens

Bronze burner
Bronze burner

One of the emporrer's rooms
One of the emporrer's rooms

One of the emporrer's rooms
One of the emporrer's rooms

In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
In the Imperial Gardens
Outside the back of the Forbidden City
Outside the back of the Forbidden City

The Summer Palace (Beijing)

The Summer Palace is, as the name suggests, where the leaders went in the summer, to escape the heat of the Forbidden City. It's large and you could spend a couple of days exploring everything there is to see. Much of it is covered by Lake Kunming, which was extended (by hand) at some point in history. There is also a small island, reached by a beautiful 17-arch bridge.

Lake Kunming
Lake Kunming
Lake Kunming
Lake Kunming
Lake Kunming
Lake Kunming
The Tower of Buddhist Incense
The Tower of Buddhist Incense
Unknown building
Unknown building
The Tower of Buddhist Incense
The Tower of Buddhist Incense
Decoration on the roof of the walkway
Decoration on the roof of the walkway
The Tower of Buddhist Incense
The Tower of Buddhist Incense
From a birdge by the tower
From a birdge by the tower
Probably an incense burner
Probably an incense burner
In the grounds of the tower
In the grounds of the tower
View over Lake Kunming and Beijing
View over Lake Kunming and Beijing
Seen while ascending the tower
Seen while ascending the tower
Seen while ascending the tower
Seen while ascending the tower
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
The tower
The tower
The tower
The tower
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
Inside the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
Inside the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
Inside the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
Inside the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
Decoration on the ceiling of a walkway
Decoration on the ceiling of a walkway
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
View from the Tower Of Buddhist Incense
A walkway leading up to the tower
A walkway leading up to the tower
A walkway leading up to the tower
A walkway leading up to the tower
Looking towards the Tower of Buddhist Incense
Looking towards the Tower of Buddhist Incense
A large decorative boat
A large decorative boat
A canal-like offshoot of the river
A canal-like offshoot of the river
The boat again
The boat again
Bridge
Bridge
Canal area again
Canal area again
Unknown building
Unknown building
Unknown building
Unknown building
Unknown buildings
Unknown buildings
Unknown building
Unknown building
A rough Lake Kunming
A rough Lake Kunming
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
Pagoda by the bridge
Pagoda by the bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
Lake Kunming
Lake Kunming
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
Carving on the bridge
Carving on the bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
Carving on the bridge
Carving on the bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
Trees blowing in the strong wind
Trees blowing in the strong wind
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge
The 17-arch Bridge

Shanghai

If you want to see the result of people embracing all-out capitalism, see Shanghai. It's not a pretty picture - you end up not being able to trust anyone as the majority of people you will encounter will be trying to sell you something or rip you off. The taxi drivers at the railway station are especially bad, trying to extort from foreigners over five times the price that a fare would come to if they used the meter. Don't worry, though - the maglev train to the airport allows you to make a 300km/h exit.

Skyscraper reaching up into the clouds
Skyscraper reaching up into the clouds
At People's Square
At People's Square
At People's Square
At People's Square
Me with a Chinese friend I made
Me with a Chinese friend I made
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
Pottery in the Shanghai Museum
A reconstruction of a pottery workshop in the Shanghai Museum
A reconstruction of a pottery workshop in the Shanghai Museum
A reconstruction of a kiln in the Shanghai Museum
A reconstruction of a kiln in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Calligraphy in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Art in the Shanghai Museum
Inside the Shanghai Museum
Inside the Shanghai Museum
Ethnic rugs and tapestries in the Shanghai Museum
Ethnic rugs and tapestries in the Shanghai Museum
Ethnic bronze works in the Shanghai Museum
Ethnic bronze works in the Shanghai Museum
Ethnic fishing boat in the Shanghai Museum
Ethnic fishing boat in the Shanghai Museum
In People's Square
In People's Square
The Shanghai Museum
The Shanghai Museum
In People's Square
In People's Square
The Shanghai Museum
The Shanghai Museum
In People's Square
In People's Square
A Christian church
A Christian church
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Me on Nanjing Road
Me on Nanjing Road
With with a Chinese lady on Nanjing Road
With with a Chinese lady on Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
On The Bund
On The Bund
The river
The river
A Communist Party Monument
A Communist Party Monument
A Communist Party Monument
A Communist Party Monument
Buildings by the river
Buildings by the river
Pudong
Pudong
The Bund
The Bund
Pudong and me
Pudong and me
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
The Bund
The Bund
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Buildings by the river
Buildings by the river
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
In the Bund-Pudong Tourist Tunnel
The Pearl Tower
The Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
View from the Pearl Tower
The Pearl Tower
The Pearl Tower
The Pearl Tower
The Pearl Tower
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
Pudong
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
On The Bund
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
Nanjing Road
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The French Concession
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
The Bund from Pudong
Jin Mao Building
Jin Mao Building
Jin Mao Building
Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
Inside the Jin Mao Building
Inside the Jin Mao Building
Inside the Jin Mao Building
Inside the Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
View from the Jin Mao Building
Outside the Jin Mao Building
Outside the Jin Mao Building
The Maglev station
The Maglev station
On the Maglev
On the Maglev
On the Maglev
On the Maglev
On the Maglev
On the Maglev
The Maglev
The Maglev

Final Thoughts

I hope that looking through these photos has given you a sense of the diversity of China; this was one of the things that struck me most. Thinking that I have seen only a tiny fraction of what there is to see is as mind-numbing as the cheap Chinese beer. The densely populated skyscraper-rich Hong Kong contrasts with the unpopulated barren plains of Tibet extending for miles. The choking pollution in the cities contrasts with the fresh mountain air on the peaks of Hua Shan and the sweet smell of incense in every populated place in Tibet. The friendly, curious and helpful people of the south of China and the huge smiles of the random Tibetans who greet you with a smile and the few words of English they know contrast with the scammers of hyper-capitalist Shanghai. But no matter what photos I take and stories I tell, it's no substitute whatsoever for going there yourself. I can't promise it'll be an easy journey, but that's no reason for not making it. So grab a good phrasebook, listen to a few audio lessons (a little goes a long way), get your chopstick skills in working order and head for the Middle Kingdom.


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