China Holidays, Dec 2012

by Chweeleng December. 05, 2012 3535 views

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#1 What better picture to represent China than the Great Wall? It was a cold arduous climb but well worth it.

#2 Another view of the Wall.

#3 It was real icy cold and this monk-like figure was just huddling down against the strong wind.

#4 A bird's eye view from a vantage point.

#5 This is the Emperor's throne and commoners like us would'nt dream of ever seeing this 200 years ago.

#6 A little girl all wrapped up against the cold.

#7 The Summer Palace is reserved for royalties only.

#8 A half-frozen lake.

#9 View across the half-frozen lake. It took me a number skips, hops and dashes to get the figure of the man perfectly framed by the arch of the bridge. I think the effect is well worth the effort.

#10 Long “beardy” trees are a common sight.

#11 In a few more days, this lake will be totally frozen.

#12 A Mandarin duck having an evening swim. These ducks are supposed to come in pairs but in real life, they're not so cooperative.

#13 A walk through the Temple of Heaven. It was a dream excursion as we were not just “lectured” on the history of the place but shown the actual artifacts. It was really history-come-alive.

#14 These cyclists are having a race of their life. I sat on the floor taking pictures of this trio as they got nearer and nearer to me. At a distance, they looked quite menacing as they bore down on me. I held my ground as they were almost on top of me. Fortunately, they were just 3 elderly folks chatting along as they enjoyed the ride along this huge open space.

#15 A jade mastercraftman. It looks fairly easy to carve a work of art out of a piece of stone right? Not. It took years of practice and not all can do it well despite the years of toil.

#16 Nothing like the warmth of a father's love. On a trishaw ride in the streets of old Beijing, father and baby appeared was like a breath of fresh air amidst the dull and dreary surroundings. It was a quick shot that thankfully captured the image nice and sharp. Luck was on my side that day.

#17 The National Icon in action. Frankly, I was disappointed with the set-up and the listlessness of the pandas. I thought a more attractive and nicer living quarters would be a more pleasant proposition for both animals and visitors.

#18 A cat getting cold feet? It was incredibly cold despite the sunshine and I was already dashing for the warmth of shelter when this kitty caught my eyes. Taken at the Great Wall.

#19 Now where's the rug and where's the dog? This doggy is a house pet in a home at the old Beijing houses. I almost missed spotting it unless it raised its head in silent greeting.

#20 Finally, here's wishing all of you a Happy Merry Christmas 2012. I used to collect Christmas cards like look like this. What this one needs is a touch of gold and silver glitter to complete my childhood picture.

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Aaron 8 years, 5 months ago

Great set! Like #1, #2, #6, #7 and #10.

8 years, 5 months ago Edited