China Photo Montage

We have taken many photos and not all of the good ones fit into a blog post topic. We have put together this photo collection to share ones we like.

Chengdu: This sugarcane juice vendor will make run his sugarcane through a press to make fresh juice right in front of you. We bought a cup for ¥8. 

Chengdu: A sign at the Wenshu Monastary

Chengdu: We've seen blood donation centers in public areas throughout China

Chengdu: Many cities have a giant Mao statue in the central plaza. Chengdu happens to have one in front of their Science and Technology Museum, a building that used to be called the Exhibition Hall of Great Ideas of Mao Zedong. Yep, we didn't make that up.

Chengdu: This cute kid was twirling a ribbon in the central plaza to celebrate China's National Holiday

Chengdu: Attending the Sichuan Opera was one of the highlights of the city. Don't let the term "opera" fool you, this show was acrobatics, dancing, and slight of hand. (And no singing.) Below is a short clip of their famous "face changing".

Chendgu: We have seen various types of stoplights in China. I suspect that red/green colorblind people would have trouble telling this red light...

...from this green light.

Chongqing: We captured some fun photos and costumes from this dance competition we stumbled upon.

Chongqing: This awesome statue/fountain of hippos pulling a chariot was outside a Sheraton Hotel

Chongqing: This fountain shows the position that Chinese people hold their toddlers so they can relieve themselves in the street. The fountain was off when we passed by but you can guess where the water comes out.

Kunming: Our most common breakfast in China was noodles from a small noodle shop. Most days we wandered out into the streets looking for a shop that was full of people. This shop, unlike most, stretched the noodles fresh from dough. He then drops the noodles directly in boiling water where it cooks before being dropped in a bowl full of broth. The noodles are then topped with green onions, a slice of meat, and any other peppers or flavoring that shop uses.

Xi'an: An awesome door handle

Xi'an: The famous Terracotta Warriors

Xi'an: Outside of the Terracotta Warriors there was a display of photos of various world leaders visiting the warriors. It's always entertaining to see how the Chinese government proudly displays notable visitors. This particular photo caught our eye when some Australians in our group said, "Look guys, its Gaddafi!"

Xi'an: In the shop outside of the Terracotta Warriors, you can meet the man who discovered the warriors 1974. If you buy his book, he will sign it.

Beijing: At the National Museum of China there is a collection of dramatic, patriotic paintings, mostly of Mao. We called this one "Mao Crossing the Delaware".

Beijing: Some of our favorite paintings from the patriotic painting hall at the National Museum

Beijing: Visiting the giant Forbidden City (the home of the Chinese Emperors of the past) was still great despite the giant crowds

Beijing: We enjoyed Peking duck in the city that invented it. We had only had Peking duck once before in Boston's Chinatown and what we had in Boston was comparable to what we had in Beijing.

Beijing: In addition to regular street buns, you can get cute pig buns. It had red bean and not pork inside.

Beijing: "Why yes, I do want to take my photo with an Olympic mascot from six years ago!"

Beijing: We're not sure why there was this massive pile up of bicycles was here outside of the subway station, but we found it interesting enough to take a photo of it

Beijing: The Summer Palace was one of the highlights of the city and may have even been more beautiful than the main palace of the old emperors, the Forbidden City

Beijing: Whenever you see the lions in front of a gate, one is for the empress, signified by the cub under her paw symbolizing the fertility of the Imperial Family...

...and the other is for the emperor, signified by the globe under his paw symbolizing the reach of the power of the emperor

Chengdu: One of our favorite unusual English translations

Beijing: Our favorite English translation in China found on an escalator

Dali: This shampoo bottle has the roughest English translation that we have encountered