The Magnificent Karst Bridges Of Wulong

The stunning Three Natural Bridges in Wulong National Geology Park – a UNESCO World Heritage site, and setting for key scenes in “Transformers 4: Age  of Extinction” & “Curse of the Golden Flower” – was the highlight of our China trip along with Laitan ancient town. I featured both in some of my earliest posts. Here is a recap in photos,…

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The Chinese Zigzag Bridge

The zigzag bridge is a common feature in classical Chinese gardens. According to local lore (and tourist guides!) zigzag bridges and paths are said to confound evil spirits that can only walk straight lines for whatever reason! But in actual fact, these bridges are mainly decorative features based on the the Zen principle of mindfulness. Their non linear construction forcing one’s attention…

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On Ageing And Obsolescence

Old is when you suddenly find yourself on the wrong side of the generation gap. When you take time to figure out ‘LOL’ does not actually mean ‘Lots of Love’. When your boss is (was) a decade younger than you. When your four year old child/grandchild can make your smartphone do astonishing things, that you would…

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Don’t Forget To Look Up!

This is my first time participating in the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge, thanks to Lisa of Zebra Designs & Destinations, whose winning entries have been nothing short of inspiring. The theme for this week is ‘Look Up‘. Trawling through my archives yielded plenty of photos ‘looking up’ at soaring architecture, but precious few of the outdoors, which I understand…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Beyond

A tough one this week. And these are the best I could come up with: The first is from Beijing, China – the rooftops of the Summer Palace and Kunming lake beyond, viewed from the ‘Tower Of The Fragrance Of The Buddha‘ on ‘Longevity hill’. (Some of you may remember that I accidentally deleted the far nicer…

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Sunday Post – People

For Jakes Sunday Post I chose images of people – lots of people – leading upto two famous facades. The Ruínas de São Paulo in Macau….. and the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey. The facades are all that remain of these two stunning structures. The former dating back to 1637 and the latter built nearly…

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Laitan Ancient Town

This post about our visit to one of the ten most beautiful ancient walled towns in China, was one of my earliest posts, that I felt merited another look 🙂 So here it is, reincarnated as my interpretation of Frizztext’s Story Challenge Letter L! I have added a gallery of new images for those of…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Everyday Life

One of our favourite pastimes in China was people watching, and there is no better place to do it than the myriad tea houses, like this one in Chongqing. A cup of tea, with unlimited refills of hot water, and pavement tables full of local people, for just 4 yuan! Jimmy, our guide informed us that these…

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Travel Theme – Texture

Here are some more textures from the Furong cave in the Chongqing region! The Furong Cave is a large limestone cave, with the most surreal stalactite formations that I have ever seen! I just wish I could have turned off those psychedelic lights to view them in all their natural glory. Do check out Ailsa’s…

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