Thursday, February 28, 2008

Time to Go Home

Hope y'all have enjoyed the month-long China retrospective, but it's time to wrap it up. One more post tomorrow and then back to scenes of daily life in Portland.

The above shot is from the China Hotel lobby in Guangzhou.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Narrow Passage

Another passage through the Folk Art Museum in Guangzhou, China. One of my favorite shots in the China series.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dragon Teapot

A lovely teapot from a tea shop in Guangzhou, China. Though we didn't buy that particular model, we did pick up a simple and elegant set to use a family on special occasions.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Traffic

Looking down on traffic at the intersection of Tuo Dong and Bai Ta roads in Kunming, China.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Say "gan lao"!

This picture has made my wife and I giggle for a whole year now. Evidently you have to pooch your derriere out just right in order to take a good photo in China. =) Say "cheese"!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Garden Window

A shuttered window hides a lovely garden view at the Folk Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

On a Bench

A gentle, elderly man plays peek-a-boo with the camera in Yue Xiu Park in Guangzhou, China.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Moon Window

A circular window, a common architectural feature in China, displays garden area outside a tea shop.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Smokin' Froofy Lipstick Guy

What? This had to be the strangest piece of public art I saw in our China journey. A statue that smokes? With lipstick on? And a froofy head thingy? Wow.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

How You Say, "Tall-Decaf-Cappuccino"?

The comfort of an American indulgence in foreign land--Starbucks! (Apologies to those who despise the very mention of the name!) If you thought figuring out how to order coffee at Starbucks was overwhelming and confusing, try doing it in a foreign country where they repeat your order back to you in Chinglish. And reading the specials of the day (note the sign above) is out of the question. But oh, the pleasure of sipping a frothy cappuccino in familiar surroundings!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Heritage

Fingers trace a rich heritage of Chinese culture ages old.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sorrow in Bronze

A moment's anguish captured in statue at the Folk Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

China Smiles

A smile means "friendship" in any language. A group of Chinese children crowded outside our tour bus at a stop in a rundown remote town. Eager to try out their limited English, we heard endless cheerful repetitions of "Hallo! Ha ah yoo?" for a good 15 minutes.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

Street Poem

Water and sponge form fleeting words of poetry. (By the way, Happy 200th Post Birthday to the Crossmark Photo Blog!)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thoughtful Passage

One of many long meditative passages through a Folk Art Museum we visited while in China. I could have spent an entire day there strolling about in peaceful reflection.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Monday, February 4, 2008

Marble Boat

Big boat made of stone. Nope, it doesn't float. Just for decoration. Useful, huh? (Taken at the Summer Palace in Beijing.)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Bike Town

Portand Oregonians like to brag about how bike-friendly their streets are, but our city is nothing compared to Beijing where entire car-sized lanes are reserved for bike traffic. Riders everywhere--old and young, men and women, white collar and blue. Many bikes were loaded with piles of clothing, papers, or even 55-gallon drums with roasted sweet potatoes available for sale.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Bicycle Built for Eight

What trip to China would be complete without seeing a Chinese Acrobat show? Most of what I remember from it is just trying to stay awake with such horrible jetlag. The show was impressive though and I'm glad we made the extra effort to go.

I have to wonder how you rehearse a trick like this. How many times did the bike fall over and eight kids go tumbling across the floor before they got it right?

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Friday, February 1, 2008

One Year Ago

Colorful rooflines from the sparse, yet elegant Forbidden City, the Emperor's expansive grounds in Beijing.

February marks an important milestone in our household. One year ago, my wife and I traveled to China for nearly three weeks to get our third child, a precious eight-month old girl. To celebrate, I'm featuring some of my China photos all throughout this month's blog posts. I'd love to go back to China, but this will have to suffice for now. (Anybody wanna send me to the Beijing Olympics this summer? I'll pack myself in your suitcase!)