morning Chinese dance exercise on the Huangpu riverbank, looking across
to Shanghai's new zone of Pudong, China.
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Li River, Yangshuo
is a monster of a country where a traveller could disappear for
months or even years trying absorb the vastness of the land, the
majestic sights and the variation of the cultures within it.
Desheng Gate, Beijing
the positive side
China's history is staggering and the attractions are incredible
- Beijing's Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Shanghai's new megastructures,
the Terracotta Army in Xian, the Li River and pointy limestone hills
around Yangshuo, desert towns of the old Silk Road, the monasteries
of Tibet, to name but a few...while China's infrastructure is developing
at warp speed and showing great efficiency.
Xian Drum Tower
Airports and metros/railways are user friendly and function almost
perfectly; Shanghai's multi-billion dollar maglev line to the airport
is especially impressive (Buses take 50 minutes from city centre
to the airport but the maglev takes 7 minutes!) and plans are afoot
to build something similar Shanghai - Beijing.
The Great Wall of China
People too are more lively and open to foreigners than previously,
while shopping is excellent and Chinese food is both varied, superb and occasionally revolting (Chow time?), though international cuisine is less interesting and often
way more expensive than traditional food.
The Silk Road, Dun Huang
negative side is mostly in the areas of crowds, traffic congestion
and city pollution. Dust pollution is particularly bad in Beijing
these days due to the massive construction projects underway all
over the country, not to mention rising crime rates and industrial
and internal combustion stink as rampant capitalism grabs the Chinese
by their ancient stone balls.
Tibet, Drepung Monastery, near Lhasa
As usual this selection of pictures - mainly of Beijing, Shanghai,
Xian, Hanzhou, Yangshuo, Yunnan, Sichuan and the Silk Road - offer a general idea as to what you may see when you travel around this mega-destination
and are nowhere near complete since this is one of the world's fastest
changing countries, as well as one of the biggest.
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