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A few rainy days in Guilin China-Day 1

A highlight of our trip to China in April and May was a side trip to Guilin.

The claim to fame of the area is the karst hills, which peek-a-boo at you from every direction.

Naturally on arriving we headed out to check out the area. We were staying across the street from the parks that surround the lakes in an older area. As it was a holiday there were lots of folks about doing the same, some in Han dynasty dress.

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A wall that connected

One thing that fascinated me when I researched about the Great Wall of China is that it was used more for communication than for separation. In the days before cell phones, messages could be sent quickly over long distances along the wall using smoke, flares and flags.

These are photos from the reconstructed area called Mutianyu. It is less crowded than Badaling, which is more easily accessed from Beijing. As I mentioned we had a private driver to our hotel as part of Wild Great Wall’s self-guided tour so we did not have to figure out how to get back to the city.

Comparing from the photos I posted last week, Which Way. You can see that the reconstruction and maintenance are a monumental endeavor. The wall is along the crest of the hills and the area is not accessed by roads, the materials are heavy and there is a lot of territory to cover.

Traveling this section there are a lot of stairs, steep and uneven in many places.

For Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Getting around in Shouguang

One really fun thing to notice when traveling is how people get around. I live in an area where it seems like all the cars look pretty much the same. Here is a gallery of some of the variety I saw while visiting my son recently in a small-ish Chinese city. Click on an image to see it larger.

I really admire how many options people have beyond taking the bus and owning a full size car.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge-Week 8

PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 7 of Pull up a Seat. Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

Thank you to everyone who is participating. It is really fun to see all the different ideas conjured up by the theme.

Thank you to everyone who is participating. It is really fun to see all the different ideas conjured up by the theme.

Here is my contribution for this week:

 

This old gentleman stared then smiled at me, which made me smile. He was just sitting out and enjoying a nice fall day, visiting with people passing and keeping an eye on the neighborhood. This is an older portion of town, but the modern buildings are looming on the horizon.

Over to you.

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