I’ve been here almost 10 months, and I’ve seen quite a few things I still haven’t processed yet, or wasn’t sure how to classify. “Random” seems as good as anything.
When a new shop opens in Zhongshan, bouquets of flowers on stands and BIG blow-up dragons appear!
The flowers are always lovely.
Some displays are VERY extravagant. This is a lion dancer getting ready to open a travel agency!
These are their flowers! Notice the bright cloth wrapping around the bases holding the flowers?
This is the same kind of arrangement, but in Xi’an. Smaller flowers, more greenery, tulle instead of wrapping. Same idea, but different region. Neat!
Also in Xi’an. Want to buy a fur coat from behind a piece of corrugated tin! Totally legal!
This is glimpse into the grounds of the technical university in my neighbourhood. I can never go in to see it properly without being on business in there. ALL schools have this kind of gate.
Mosquito and sandfly season was hard on me. (Sandflies are midges.)
Never had a mosquito net before coming here. It helped against the mosquitos. The sandflies…eh.
In Hong Kong. Just thought this was cool,.
I came down with the flu, and the pharmacist gave me…THESE. The box came a package of tiny straws to suck back the medicine in these vials.
Me at a coffee house I’ve discovered. Instead of number, they give you a teddy bear to track your order.
Little girl on her way to school on a rainy day.
The Flower Market of Zhongshan. Where they sell more than flowers.
Tropical and deciduous trees going up the mountain. Just on the other side, more building.
China is skyscrapers and high finance. It’s also people selling domestic rabbits out of cages on the street.
Roosters outside of a play school.
During the winter, I had to get this hand warmer / hot water bottle to defrost my hands. It was the Year of the Monkey, so…
Google is everywhere!
Yes, while you get your car washed, you can have chicken meat, goat meat, or dog meat. Your choice.
I’ve been wanting to visit this park almost since the day I got here. It surrounds a fairly tall peak, atop which is a pagoda that’s lit up at night. All of my fellow teachers have told me the park is huge and beautiful…except for the zoo. Apparently there’s a horribly sad zoo where they keep lions in a concrete enclosure the size of our kitchen. I managed to avoid it, lest I burst out crying.
I also experienced a first today — I’ve been told it’ll happen again. A complete stranger asked to take a photo with me.
AND. You’ll see one very bad photo I managed to snap of a butterfly. Huge, magnificent butterflies like you have never SEEN. They were such divas — none would stop and pose.
I don’t know what this is either: best guess is a piece of military equipment.
Inside the pagoda.
View from the top!
The building with the crazy glass roof is the Zhongshan Expo Centre. It’s enormous.
The two tall grey buildings are Ocean Plaza. At their base is Carre Four, the big supermarket we do most of our shopping at, and lots of takeaway shops — McDonalds, KungFu (China’s KFC), Bubble tea, and Starbucks, to name a few.
View down the steps to the main entrance.
Path up to the pagoda.
I’m pretty sure this is bamboo!
Hibiscus shrubs growing UP the embankment.
The first character is “mountain.” That’s all I’ve got.
Trees I don’t recognise.
First peak at the top of the mountain.
Those are cannons. I don’t know why they’re here, or what they represent.
View north from the base of the pagoda.
Closer to the cannons.
Look on the fence…that’s a butterfly.
Pond with VERY TALL lily pad leaves.
Bridge that zig zags over the pond.
Could not tell you.
This either. They’re in the same pond as the zodiac, but set away from them.
Crouching Dragon! And behind him, crouching Bull.
Monkey trying to eat the dragon’s tail?
I didn’t find this today. BUT I WILL.