Pictures from China

 

The China Gallery

The China Gallery

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~ by keithphilpott on June 4, 2009.

11 Responses to “Pictures from China”

  1. […] Keith Philpott shared his phots — go take a virtual tour at his  gallery, also on his blog: Paradox Place. They are […]

  2. Very illistrative photos.
    Are the jars filled with snakes designed to provide some sort of tea? For what purpose?

  3. Thanks for the beautiful pictures! You made me feel like I was there. Now I want to really go!

  4. mary, glad you enjoyed the images. It’s a wonderful part of the world.

  5. tom–

    The snake in the jar (so to speak) is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment. The jars in this photo are in a traditional medicine shop and as I understand it they are floating in alcohol. It’s the alcohol that’s the actual treatment…for what, I have no earthly idea.
    I’ll be sticking with snake-free alcohol and I have no need for the monkey skeleton which was also hanging in this shop window.
    The Chinese also have some interesting ideas about food. No one has asked me what I was eating in the photo, yet. I’ll give you a hint. It’s the last part of a boy pig that you would want to eat….if stranded on a desert island with said pig as your only food source.

  6. Lovely photos. Do you have an itinerary posted on WordPress? Did you take a cruise to China, as Dr. E. suggested this morning (“I just got off the boat from China”)?

  7. judicue-

    No itinerary is posted, we skipped around a bit. The boats were on the Yantze and Li Rivers, both beautiful regions of the country. They were slow boats, too. Imagine that, slow boats in China.

  8. Pig centric

    Something I have failed to mention was the pig-centric nature of this trip. I realize a statement like that needs some explanation so here goes.

    First, throughout the trip H1-N1, or Swine Flu, was lurking in the shadows. Not that we would get it but that Chinese health officials would think we had it and quarantine us for five days. No sniffle went unnoticed.
    Second, a missed picture of a hog on a motorcycle will haunt me. Strapped to the back of small scooter, this 250-pound oinker flashed through an intersection in front of us, the driver weaving in and out of traffic. I wanted to shout, “follow that pig”,
    And last but not least. My first and last encounter with grilled, pig penis. I came, I saw, I ate.

  9. Unhealthy information?

    Just mulling over the the announcement that the Chinese government will require computer makers to include software that blocks porn sites and other sources of “unheatlhy” information. I’ll be waiting patiently so see what their definition of unhealthy and pornographic information is.

  10. Keith,
    Beautiful photos. Looks like a great trip.
    Heard about it on the good Doctor’s radio show.
    Enjoyed reading many of your photography tips also.
    Added you to my bookmarks as I am a newbie at Digital SLR photography. D40 camera. Love shooting with it, but still learning it’s capabilities.
    Thanks.

  11. Hey M-

    Thanks for your comments. I think there is a D40 in my equipment room as well. China is such a great place for western photographers because there are so many visual surprises. Which probably gets to the heart of travel in the first place. The idea that one can never step in the same river twice has never been truer of China. The country is changing in real time and will be drastically different a year from now.
    Again, thanks for your comments.

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