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Common Days in Images

Starfish in China

To talk about common days in China is to talk about something new and different. Every day you can discover new things. For the Chinese people these things may be ordinary and just part of their daily routines. In this post I share some images I took here in China in 2011. Click on a picture to see it, once opened use the arrow keys on your keyboard to browse back and forward. If the captions are not fully disclosed,

Gate of Heavenly Peace

Beijing. Gate of Heavenly Peace or the Tian'anmen

Known as the Gate of Heavenly Peace or the Tian’anmen, this monument is the main political icon of the country. Here it is where the People’s Republic of China was officially declared. The Chinese coat of arms depicts this same monument. The hung painting on the top of the entrance is a portrait of Mao Zedong, who officially declared the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. He also was the political and philosophic leader of the country and the


Suzhou, water way, river, channel and boat

There is an old Chinese saying that states “Heaven has the Paradise and the Earth has Hangzhou and Suzhou”. Certainly Suzhou is a beautiful city. It was founded in 514 B.C. and it is called the Venice of China. You can take a look the following pictures and guess why. I hope you enjoy.   Click on a picture to see it, once opened use the arrow keys on your keyboard to browse back and forward. If the captions are

A Journey to the Past


It has been there for at leas 1700 years. Today it has been absorbed by Shanghai’s borders. Nevertheless, it still has its picturesque style and remote and ancient villa feeling. It is call Zhujiajiao. Don’t ask me to pronounce it, see my pictures instead. I was there more than a month ago, but by looking at the pictures I took, I felt as traveling through time once more. Zhujiajiao main streets are rivers that can be navigated on small boats, just

Faces of Clay

Sculpting faces in China

While traveling in the city of Suzhou, I saw a very talented man who was sculpting the bust of two people. It is common to see drawing artists, but I don’t usually see sculptures in the street offering their services. You can see the talent of the man in the following pictures. To see the picture, click on it and you can then navigate using the arrow keys of the keyboard. To close the enlarged preview press ESC or click

Short Visit to a Buddhist Temple in Qingdao, China


Here is my visit to a Buddhist temple in Qingdao, China. It is the Zhanshan Temple located in the east side of the Qingdao Zhongshan Park, in the Shinan District. There were several people, but I didn’t see any Westerner. I also believe I was the only one with a camera (except for the ones built-in in cellphones), thus I first hesitated to take pictures. I didn’t know if I could take pictures or not. So I first took one here and there and gradually increasing my number of shots. People seemed very focused on what they were doing.

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