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Showing posts with label China Scenes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label China Scenes. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Another View from a Window in Yunfu

Good news. We have a winner for the latest "name this city in China" post.


Indeed, the scene which includes Xingyun East Road (兴云东路) is from Yunfu (云浮), a prefecture-level city in western Guangdong province. Yunfu borders the prefecture-level city Jiangmen, my previous location. Despite the shared border of the two cities, my bus ride, which lasted slightly less than two hours, followed a route which cuts through Zhaoqing, another prefecture-level city in Guangdong, presumably because it is shorter / faster than highway routes which don't enter Zhaoqing. In addition to Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, Yunfu is also bordered by the Guangdong prefecture-level cities Foshan, Maoming, and Yangjiang and by the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region prefecture-level city Wuzhou.

I had considered sharing another photo taken from my room window that in addition to an urban setting amidst karst topography also included a portion of the Yunfu Intercity Bus Station. I decided against it, though, after noticing Yunfu's name in Chinese could be seen on one of the signs near the bottom. So here it is now:

Yunfu Intercity Bus Station, buildings, and karst topography in Yunfu, Guangdong


Almost all of the people in Yunfu who have questioned me about why I came here responded with comments like "There's nothing interesting in Yunfu." and "Yunfu isn't a pretty city." However, I have already come across much that either interested me or I found visually attractive. More about some of that later.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

From Jiangmen to Elsewhere

Today I was going to take an early morning intercity bus. But it was raining and my stomach felt unsettled so . . .

Today I took an early afternoon intercity bus. It was warm and humid inside at first. At my seat towards the back of the bus, I considered shouting my feelings to the driver, who was loudly playing radio music for us all to hear. But I saw a better hope — a man who was both much closer to the driver and fiddling with the air conditioning vents above him.

The man, such a wise man, kindly suggested to the driver that air conditioning would be grand. He exquisitely expressed this in a way so that all were able to laugh it off without much loss of face. Well done, sir.

At the end of the bus ride, I did something I don't usually get to do. I left the bus station and walked directly across the street to a hotel. It was sufficient, convenient, and well located for my purposes. And as a bonus, cheap.

The kind receptionist at the hotel checked me in. After signing a receipt, I pointed out that both my name and passport number had been entered into their computer incorrectly. Small details it seems.

No matter, they gave me a room with a fine view. And I mean that. I didn't know this was in store:

karst topography in an urban setting


Urban landscape with karst topography? Overcast skies or not, sign me up.

Some readers may be thinking "Guilin?"

Nope. Guilin isn't the only place where one can find such joys. So, it's time to play "Guess this city" again. This is one I would have likely failed before today. I could have even gotten the province wrong. You have some time to figure this out. I will return, I think, to a few Jiangmen-related posts before the big reveal.

The temperature on the bus was perfect the rest of the way.



Update: The answer is here.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Scenes from Two Sections of Baisha Road in Jiangmen

One section of Baisha Road (白沙路) in Jiangmen has a much older feel than other sections. Below are four photos capturing a bit of the life on that stretch this afternoon. For a contrast, the fifth photo captures another section of Baisha Road.

Some people may question whether this is all really Baisha Road. A later post will highlight some of the apparent disagreement on that issue.


section of Baisha Road in Jiangmen with older buildings


section of Baisha Road in Jiangmen with older buildings


school children walking on Baisha Road in Jiangmen


people walking on Baisha Road in Jiangmen


section of Baisha Road in Jiangmen

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Few Scenes from Gudesi Road in Wuhan

Unlike Qingfen Road in Wuhan, Gudesi Road (古德寺路) is labeled on both Google Maps and Baidu Map. However, both maps are missing sections of the street and Baidu Map mistakenly labels a connecting street with the name. In any case, there aren't as many shops on Gudesi Road as there are on Qingfen Road, but plenty of life can still be found there.

Gudesi Road (古德寺路) in Wuhan


Gudesi Road (古德寺路) in Wuhan


And if you are lucky, you may meet a rather friendly dog.

dog sitting on Gudesi Road (古德寺路) in Wuhan


friendly dog Gudesi Road (古德寺路) in Wuhan


While Gudesi Road wouldn't seem remarkable to most people in China, the temple it is named after is another story. More about that later.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Five Scenes From Qingfen Road in Wuhan

Qingfen Road (清芬路) in Wuhan doesn't appear on Baidu's or Google's online maps, but it definitely exists. A few scenes from a street densely packed with life:

Qingfen Road (清芬路) in Wuhan



Qingfen Road (清芬路) in Wuhan



two girls on Qingfen Road (清芬路) in Wuhan



boy running on Qingfen Road (清芬路) in Wuhan


Qingfen Road (清芬路) in Wuhan

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Still There in Changsha: Yanjiatang Lane

Yanjiatang Lane in Changsha (晏家塘巷)


Shortly after I took the above photo, a man approached me and asked what I was photographing. I answered, "This road!"

Feeling he might still have concerns about my intentions, I added "It feels comfortable."

He smiled, and that was that.

Yanjiatang Lane (晏家塘巷) was one of the areas that I wouldn't have been surprised to have found greatly transformed during this most recent return to Changsha, but most seemed basically the same as I remembered. However, there were signs, specifically the red circled "征" character I have seen previously in other soon-to-be-demolished neighborhoods in Changsha, that this will be the last time I see the lane as I did today.

"征" character on a building at Yanjiatang Lane in Changsha (晏家塘巷)


Another time, I will share scenes from the street with the same name from which this lane directly extends and other nearby streets where the demolishing is already far more advanced. For today, below are some more scenes from comfortable Yanjiatang Lane.

Yanjiatang Lane in Changsha (晏家塘巷)



Yanjiatang Lane in Changsha (晏家塘巷)



items for sale alongside Yanjiatang Lane (晏家塘巷) in Changsha



Van stopped on Yanjiatang Lane (晏家塘巷) in Changsha


Yanjiatang Lane (晏家塘巷) in Changsha



man using his mobile phone while sitting on motor scooter at Yanjiatang Lane (晏家塘巷) in Changsha



Yanjiatang Lane (晏家塘巷) in Changsha



flowers (at least some artificial) for sale at Yanjiatang Lane (晏家塘巷) in Changsha

Monday, October 2, 2017

Clouds Over Zhongshan

Yesterday's clouds in Zhongshan caught my eye. Today for the same reason more did. So on this second day of the National Day Holiday period in China, below are eight photos of clouds which also capture a bit of life in Zhongshan and the variety of architecture there.

clouds over Zhongshan, China



clouds over Zhongshan



clouds over Zhongshan



clouds reflecting off a building in Zhongshan, China



clouds over Zhongshan



clouds over Zhongshan



clouds over Zhongshan



clouds over Zhongshan

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reflection, Sweetness, and Rest in Foshan

Charming Bridge (韵桥) at Liang Garden (梁园)
Charming Bridge (韵桥) at Liang Garden (梁园)


Durian and black glutinous rice with frozen coconut milk (榴莲忘返)
Durian and black glutinous rice with frozen coconut milk (榴莲忘返)


man sleeping on a stone bench at Zhongshan Park in Foshan
Zhongshan Park


And to those who will be celebrating a new year, Shanah Tovah.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Aftermath of Typhoon Hato in Zhuhai: The Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street

Looking east down Qiaoguang Road from the intersection with Lianhua Road in Zhuhai
Looking east down Qiaoguang Road from the intersection with the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street

The Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street leads from the land border between mainland China and Macau to areas farther north in Zhuhai. Along and near the well-trafficked pedestrian street are many restaurants, hair salons, clothing stores, and other businesses. Below are some photos taken just hours after powerful Typhoon Hato hit Zhuhai, China — obviously not a typical moment for the street. The scenes capture some of the destruction there and how life continued, such as people walking through and around large fallen trees, a man petting a dog at a typically closed-off construction site, and one of the very few stores on the street already welcoming customers once more.


damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



fallen 有 character from a sign



fallen hair salon sign



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



man petting dog at a construction site in Zhuhai, China



young man checking a mobile phone next to a fallen tree in Zhuhai



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street (莲花路步行街) in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato (台风“天鸽”) at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street (莲花路步行街) in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street (莲花路步行街) in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato (台风“天鸽”) at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street in Zhuhai, China



damage from Typhoon Hato at the Lianhua Road Pedestrian Street (莲花路步行街) in Zhuhai, China