China Photo Diary IJuly 23, 2011
Some photos from the first few days of my trip. Most of these were taken in Guangzhou (Canton), in the streets near where my mom's famil...
Some photos from the first few days of my trip. Most of these were taken in Guangzhou (Canton), in the streets near where my mom's family lives. A home base of sorts.
1. Sisters waiting at Sydney airport
2. Umbrella in a market near my grandparent's house, many $2 shirts here
4. Street vendor
5. Washing hanging in the street
6. Pulling out weeds midday
7. Shops lining Beijing Road (well-known shopping strip)
9. Best wanton soup?
11. Flowers overlooking and at the base of a mountain
13. Rice-fields, seen from the mini-bus
14. Quiet park area on top of another mountain
15. Face on a giant traditional urn/pot/receptacle (Don't know what it's called in english sorry)
16. Again, but larger.
17. My sister, holding weighted red ribbon. You throw it into the 16. for good luck!
18. The ubiquitious red lanterns
20. Giant dragon carving
21. "Good Luck" tree
22. Youngsters playing under trees
24. Ornate ancient temple roof
25. Dragon water 'tap' piping out the freshest, cleanest mountain water I have encountered
26. Temple and surrounding mountain
27. Masses of Koi fish
For all the many times I have been in Canton, I am struck by how little things change on a local level. The little market we always visit, the group of shirtless old men playing mahjong at night (I think I have a picture of that somewhere...), the little alleyways and smoky doorways and a few more very intimate details made me realise only now how familiar it is to me.
The familiarity is of a different kind however, halfway between 'home' and a 'regular place I visit'. This is illustrated by my apparent fascination in taking photos of the most 'ordinary' things on the street; this is frequently met with strange stares. Still a foreigner after all.
The second half of the photos are from a temple nestled in the mountains and its surrounding areas a few hours coach drive away, the name of which I can't remember (for shame!) though I suppose it is better if I don't burden you with the details.