Category Archives: China

Children Playing

Here is another sculpture installation that I really liked by the Mihe River in Shouguang, China. It was fun to see it with the different river levels.

Mihe River construction project in SHouguang, Weifang Prefecture, Shandong Province, China.
I really hope that someone saved it before the bulldozers came.

This is another of the sculptures that was located in an area that was under construction the last time I was there.

For Mind Over Memory’s Sculpture Saturday

Chinese jades

Jade carving of a mythical creature with attributes of a lion and a stag.

I have been awed by the intricate details carved into blocks of this hard stone. The combination of the intricate carving and the stone’s natural coloration is beautiful.

These photos are from the lobby of a hotel in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China where I have stayed on my way to and from visiting my son.

For Mind Over Memory’s Sculpture Saturday

Playing go

When we spoke to our son last night he had been sent home from work because they were expecting a typhoon to make landfall and up to 10 inches of rain overnight. It reminded me of this sculpture.

I really liked this sculpture of a grandfather playing go with his grandchildren.

Bronze sculpture of a girl playing go with her grandfather as her little brother watches. By the Mihe River in Shouguang, China,
Notice how the little girl has her hand in the same position as the grandfather.
I love the expression on his face.

This is a sculpture that was along the Mihe River Park in Shouguang, China. There was massive flooding due to a typhoon in the late summer of 2018 and they were reworking the entire river bank on our last visit. I sure hope someone saved this sculpture.

Photo of a construction area along the Mihe River, taken in the spring of 2019.

Hopefully all of the reworking of levees and weirs done over the last year will hold and prevent the floods from being devastating.

For Mind Over Memory’s Sculpture Saturday

Longji Rice Terraces-in the rain

We chose to go to Guilin, even knowing it was the rainy season because that was when my son and his friend had time off of work to travel. I debated about going to the famous Longji (Dragon’s back) rice terraces knowing we were unlikely to see much and it could be a total wash out. The Longji Rice Terraces are a marvel of human perseverance and farm engineering.

It wasn’t quite a wash out, but we had extremely limited visibility and got plenty wet in the time we were there. Even though we were not blessed with a view that gives an idea of the full magnitude of the terraces we did get some interesting misty views.

And we got to try some local specialties like rice cooked in bamboo at a local restaurant.

There are three location to see the terraces and we went to the one called Gu Zhuang Zhai Village. The choice was determined in large measure by the weather, which wasn’t looking promising for hiking, or even for viewing from the higher locations. The walk was less steep and safer for yours truly.

I am hoping to go back at another time of the year, possibly this fall, to check it out when the light and colors are different.

Rainy Day Walk-about in Guilin

No matter how I try, I can’t seem to be systematic about publishing photos. These are from my May trip to Guilin, in China, during their rainy season. The last full day we were there we wandered around the lakes in the middle of town in the rain. We were wet through and through, but we didn’t want to waste any time in that lovely city.

Some other posts from that trip are: Rainy Season on the Li River, Which Way to the Karst?, Sun and Moon Illuminated and Illuminating, A Few Rainy Days in Guilin China-Day 1, A Few Rainy Days in Guilin China-Day 2, Misty Vistas.

Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Misty vistas

Our visit to Gu Zhuang Zhai Village was a rainy day, necessary to fill the terraces with water but not so great for photography. However, there were a few times when the clouds thinned enough to give us a misty peek-a-boo into the distance. I really want to go back when it isn’t the rainy season.

For Dutch Goes the Photo’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Vista

I was going to call this post “vistas in the mist-a” but decided that was too cheesy.