Archiv für Oktober 2009

Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is one of the many means to cross the waters dividing Hong Kong. It was founded in 1888 and is since then been extended several times but the boats remained as one of the historical artefacts in this else extremely modern town.

I just like the animation that’s why it’s on here :) .

people of the People’s Republic

I came back to Europe last week after another wonderful trip across China – this time even more ambitious than before crossing almost all the way from the north to the south by train, etc. I will certainly post some more photos in the next days/weeks until I will put this blog into a ‚pause-mode‘. It’s been fun to write and post photos, etc. during the last year also because I was on the road quite some time. Now that I have to settle down (at least for about one year) and eventually finish my studies I‘m sure there is much else to do and prepare for. So thanks to everyone who stopped by to see and read what I had to tell and for the very positive feedback I received (including my little counter which revealed a very suprising ~2300 people visiting this blog since I left Europe in May…ok my advertising wasn‘t the worst either :) ).

For now I thought I should post some photos of people since China is called the ‚People’s Republic‘ and I would say they absolutely deserve this title just in terms of numbers :) .

shortly after the 60th birthday on Tian‘anmen Square

Chinese at what they like most…

farmer woman in Dalì (Yunnan Province)

Xi‘an has a ‚Muslim Quarter‘ where you can find the most delicious culinary treats

on the train from Xi‘an to Kunming (36h) on hard seats – definitely the worker class train travel

old man with a chinese kite in downtown Kunming

farmer washing up spring onions in an irrigation channel in Dalì

CCTTV – Chinese Culture Traditional Transport Vehicle aka rickshaw / bicycle / tricycle :)

apparently a portrait of the Chinese teacher of the last emperor (seen in the Forbidden City in Beijing) – to me it looks like a portrait of a well-fed Brad Pitt

Can you see the opening in the pants? In China diapers just slowly become common. Parents instead cut in these openings and children just do what they have to do wherever they need to – be it just on the street or a supermarket.

a very proud lady in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace

and some more extremely proud people in front of the Mao Zedong portrait

Mid-Autumn in Humen

While the People’s Republic celebrated its 60th birthday, the tanks were rolling and the women soldier in their tight dresses marching along I could finally experience the ‚China‘ that my ‚Guidebook to China‘ (I had bought the book before I came here to arrive not entirely stupid) talks about. Mark and I had met Lee Ming in Yangshuo while were lost somewhere in the rice fields riding our bicycles. So we ended up spending our time with him.
Since the government decided to have one week of National Holiday, which ended my work already last week, I sent him an e-Mail asking what he would be doing these days. So after he came to Shenzhen for two days he invited me to Humen, his hometown, to celebrate ‚Mid-Autumn‘ (the second most important festival in China) with him and his family. In between unbelievably delicious meals (which I would say were definitely the ‚centerpiece‘ of the whole stay :) ) I had the great chance to get to know his family and friends and to see where he lives. And really everyone who could speak just a little English tried to talk with me which was the first time to see here in China. My colleagues in the office never tried this hard.
Now I definitely have to reconsider my image of China and leave out the numerous rather negative experiences I had in the city of Shenzhen.

Humen bridge is connecting the city with Guangzhou across the Pearl river

friends and family altogether after the Mid-Autumn dinner

Mid-Autumn is also the day to fly ‚Wishing Lights‘ which we of course had to do as well

Lee Ming is an English teacher (just started this year) in a small Elementary School. He told his students of my stay and invited them to come and meet me. Unfortunately his message was misunderstood so only one girl appeared who was very nervous and too shy to ask me something in English (although Lee Ming told me that she is the best student in the class)…which is of course a normal thing if you‘re suddenly around a tall, blonde, strange-looking foreigner like me :)

She was very sweet though and kept asking questions through Lee Ming. The best question was for sure ‚How can I become as tall as you?‘ That made me smile…

Humen was the key city for the first Opium War so you have memorials and Museums all around town praising the glorious victory against the British as well as Lin Zexu the Qing official who initiated the conflict.