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Bhaktapur – April 2014

Bhaktapur as we saw it in April 2014

The monument above (& below) is a pile of rubble after the earthquake.

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Bhaktapur
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Bhaktapur – Mingi with shy local people
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Bhaktapur
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Bhaktapur – night vendor
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Dark Matter

Wandering off the path in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Singapore Botanical Gardens
Singapore Botanical Gardens
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Hong Kong
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Singapore
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
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Singapore
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Before the storm
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
The Peak, Hong Kong
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Before the storm
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The Audition – Cheung Chau

During the annual bun festival parade on Cheung Chau island small children are a key part of the parade and appear to ‘float’ above the crowd.

The support for these children, as they float above the crowd, looks flimsy – this requires courage and trust from both the children and parents.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition

A hint of concern from Mum

Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition

A brave face & ‘Floating’ nicely

Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition
Cheung Chau Bun Festival audition

The support team is confident but ‘the man’ has his concerns.

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Singapore Notebook

Fish – portion of art work by Ernest Goh in Tiong Bahru

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Singapore, Tiong Bahru Doorway 1

 

Forgotten - Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Forgotten – Singapore, Tiong Bahru

Art work by Ernest Goh – mould by nature

 

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Singapore, Tiong Bahru
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Singapore, Tiong Bahru Doorway 3
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Singapore, Tiong Bahru

 

Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Singapore, Tiong Bahru
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Pingyao

Pingyao is a city that retains, for me at least, some of the feeling of China as it was 15+ years ago.

Tourism is being encouraged but the streetscape, inside the walls, gives impression that it is still fairly original. No superhighways, tall buildings or fast food joints.

Unbeknownst to us Pingyao also has a large annual photo exhibition – we arrived in the middle of it.

Pingyao is notable in part for the old draft banks and security companies that took care of rich peoples assets. The security companies provided fierce armed kung fu fighters to protect their client’s valuables during transport and bank/security company reception areas of varying opulence commensurate with the wealth of the client – similar to what you see today from retail banking through to private banking, family offices and so on.

City Walls

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Banks and Security Companies

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Bank Furniture
Your valuables are safe with us
Your valuables are safe with us
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Security

The streets

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Layers
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Dusty Shop Window

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Shy Locals

Our Hotel

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Yunnan

 Lijiang

Yunnan, China
New Years Eve bonfire Lijiang – the master of ceremonies is warming up the crowd
Yunnan, China
It’s midnight & the police have already marched inline out of the old town – 1 cool non participant in the photo – I call him ‘THE WATCHER’. My camera and I were sprayed with beer and there was menace in the air – time to go home.
Complications
Complications

Zhongdian & nearby

Yunnan, China

Yunnan, China

Yunnan, China

Yunnan, China

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Yunnan, China

Yunnan, China

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Yunnan, China

 

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Route 66

Route 66 Weirdness 1

Amboy – Roy’s

No bloody pictures!

Shortly after taking the photo below a voice from somewhere near the gas station bellowed “None of your bloody pictures around here”

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We moved away a little, past the gas station on the opposite side of the road and took the photo below – including a madonna sitting on a pile of white blocks between the buildings – we did not manage to get close before the voice was there again “Didn’t you hear me – none of your bloody photos around here!”.

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We had not seen any other cars for a long time and visualising the headline “Tourists disappear on Route 66” left town.

Looking back my wife spotted a man with binoculars in the shadows of the gas station forecourt watching us closely.

We discovered later that the gentleman with the binoculars was well known at the time for yelling at people who stopped in Amboy – he has long since moved on and last I heard the gas station actually even sells fuel.

Route 66 Weirdness 2

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Route 66 Weirdness 3

Stranger in town or maybe my pants were unzipped

I walked into the Cafe – the whole restaurant fell silent and everyone watched me walk to the counter, I bought a coffee and feeling all those eyes on me promptly left – the world outside was still reassuringly normal – suburban driveways and passing traffic – phew!

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En Route

The proof
The proof
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We followed the asphalt
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Back on the interstate
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