I never tire of this photo, snapped in rural Henan Province, probably in 1984 or 1985. Someone had taken an old bus and turned it into a small shop. It was a common sight at the time. A one-stop shop for cigarettes, sodas, and candy.
Friday Photo: Street Cleaners
I spotted this “lovely” scene in Tianjin a few years back. The street cleaner’s trikes lined up waiting to be put to use. China’s mega-cities are still kept clean primarily by workers who peddle around on these and sweep the streets with straw brooms. Gotta love it! Related Posts: Going to Tianjin? Do This! Tianjin […]
Friday Photo: Old Sedan Church
During a short trip to Montana last week, we took a drive into the beautiful Shields Valley, north of the town of Livingston. Along Highway 86, about 5 miles west of the town of Wilsall we spotted this old (but nicely restored) church. According to this site, the congregation was founded in 1898, but this […]
Chillin’ in Tiananmen Square
This has to be one of my favorite photos from my recent trip to Beijing — a Tibetan Buddhist monk hanging out in Tiananmen Square. The umbrella makes him look quite dapper, don’t you think?
Friday Photo: Chairs
Six years ago this week I was in Shanghai. I don’t remember why, but I do remember wandering some of streets of the old city where I spotted these little chairs lined up outside a business. Just sunning themselves on a warm Spring day. Two things have always puzzled me: who put them there and why?
Friday Photo: Banquet Hall
China celebrates International Women’s Day every year on March 8. Usually what that means is women in the workplace are hosted to a lunch or perhaps given the afternoon off. When I taught at a university in China, my classes were in the morning, so I always felt a bit cheated when the school officials proudly announced […]