Over the last several blog posts, I’ve been choosing photos that help tell the story of my trip through China. But for this final update on my week-long-plus expedition through China, my only goal is to highlight several photos that didn’t fit in with the my previous narratives.
(By the way, the title of this post is taken from the wonderful first-and-only novel by Tim Rumsey, Pictures From a Trip. It’s long out of print, but readily available used from Amazon using the above link.)
Couples on bicycles
Bicycles are not as all-pervasive in China now as they were in leaner economic times. But you can still see couples riding together with the young man pedaling and the young lady riding sidesaddle on the luggage rack.
Yes, the fish are fresh
You really don’t have to worry much about how fresh the fish (or turtles) are at restaurants in China. Instead of taking your dinner out of a refrigerator, cooks are likely to pull your choice for the fish course out of a collection of live tanks. Ones such as this were everywhere in in the city of Guangzhou.
The Great Staircase
When I visited the Great Wall near Beijing, I was surprised to see that it looked more like The Great Staircase than anything else. The steps headed off toward infinity in the endless mist.
Warning Sign on Great Wall #1
Good advice when you are standing on a tall stone wall. The locals have had centuries to work out this policy….
Warning Sign on Great Wall #2
I’m not completely clear on what I’m being warned about, but I’m taking it seriously. (All kidding aside, I know something about ‘brain disease’ has been lost in translation.) There is no question you have to be in good shape to get through much of this section of the Great Wall.
Tianamen Square Propaganda #1
I have to say, I find the classical Chinese statuary at Tianamen Square more compelling than the giant video wall pictured below.
Tianamen Square Propaganda #2
Along with the buildings, memorials and statuary, Tianamen Square also features a pair of giant permanent video screens currently playing a film promoting Shanghai as a tourist destination.
Scenes from an airport #1
My last view of China was from the Beijing Capital Airport as I prepared to leave for the United States.
Scenes from an airport #2
The contrast between my final air destination of Lincoln, Nebraska and the airports in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Beijing just couldn’t be clearer. I especially liked the high-tech airline label in baggage claim in Lincoln.