Archive - Jan 2007

January 10th

Shanghai, Old vs. New

In the sparkling Pudong district of Shanghai, there is some old left to contrast with the new.

In Pudong is a mall built along the lines of the Mall of America. It sparkles in stark contrast to the nearby scenes from the old town, seen below.

Old Town Shanghai

One of the highlights of the trip to China was our foray into one of Shanghai's remaining old areas. In the background are apartment buildings recently built by clearing out neighborhoods like the one in the foreground.

It was a rare sunny winter day in Shanghai, so people were drying laundry.

More Great Wall

Lance takes a different view of the Great Wall. Also, while atop the Great Wall, he looked down and saw a dropped glove in the snow. While attempting to photograph the glove, he came up with this somewhat abstract image.

January 9th

Forbidden City

Here is one of the courtyards in the massive complex known as the Forbidden City, home to Chinese emperors for hundreds of years. The courtyard pictured above was used for ceremonies. The living quarters for the emperor were deep inside the complex, which, in total, has over 8,000 rooms.

Great Wall

The 3,900 mile-long Great Wall is a great tourist attraction in China. Many of the sites are swamped with tourists. We went to one which was relatively serene.

It struck me that the wall at times looks like the spine of a dragon.

Two articles on China

Cousin Roy forwards an interesting article on a clash in Shanghai between the government and migrant workers over the schooling of their children. Note: There is no free public education in China. You get the quality of education you can afford and no more.

Another essay explores the question: Will China be able to sustain its economic boom under a repressive regime?

January 8th

No car bombs beyond this point...

This sign appears outside the compound which houses China's highest leaders.

The things you see...

I am sure I could turn this picture of a shop in Hangzhou into a political statement of some sort!

Muslim noodle shop

The Muslim noodle shops ended up being our favorite places to eat. The average meal there costs 75 cents, but it exceeds in wholesome goodness what it lacks in cost.

Above, the noodle puller works on some cut noodles for Lance's soup. The noodles are not boiled until after the customer orders. Noodle-lovers can tell if they get old noodles, and they don't like it.

January 7th

Modern monk

The monks at the Buddhist monastery in Hangzhou didn't shun technology.