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Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

Hi,

Moving and job-hunting took longer than I anticipated, but I did manage to snap a couple of shots while I was between interviews. All taken with the 9-18mm on my E-400 in tourist mode

I was in the N.E. of China, a big polluted city called Shenyang. I am now in a much cleaner, nicer and warmer city, Suzhou: west of Shanghai.

The air is definitely cleaner, though not perfect. The people are already friendlier and the spread of wealth is better.

My apartment has some nice landscaping in the grounds. It's nicer than the previous one, which was on a busy road junction.


It's a canal city, and this is just one. Apparently Suzhou is the "Venice of China", so I'm looking forward to exploring more.


The old city is a world heritage site, but development continues with just a hint of "old" China in the buildings. They cannot build high near here, but they still build!


This temple is opposite the shops above, and the old city is behind. I hope to have time to explore in the next couple of days.



Recycling cardboard boxes. They waste nothing. An electric bus for tired shoppers!


They like their statues....these outside a shop.

Lanterns blowing in the wind.


Sorry for so many snapshots, but these are my first in this city. It's so different to Shenyang!

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Re: Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

Wow!

I tell you what: Its different to Basingstoke too :-)

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Re: Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

Fantastic set of shots. Theres a strange mix between old and modern!
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Re: Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

Nice images...see the 400 is a great little camera...especially like the 'rickshaw' driver image
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Re: Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

What an interesting looking place,isn't it the place with the UNESCO heritage gardens?
If it is I've seen it on the tele.

Looking forward to some more images.

Well done.
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Re: Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

These are really good. Well done - and keep them coming.
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What an interesting looking place,isn't it the place with the UNESCO heritage gardens?
If it is I've seen it on the tele.

Looking forward to some more images.

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Yes, indeed.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/813

I hope I can do it justice when I get there. The whole city is meant to be very photogenic, if not this whole part of China!

Thanks to all for your kind comments on my photos!

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Super shots ...... keep them coming. It's so refeshing to see the real China rather than the stereotype pictures we do see ( not tht there is anything wrong with those ).

Anything that brings the world a little closer is always welcome.

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Re: Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

Hi David

Terrific shots, bring back many memories of the many visits I made to China when I was a Far East sales manager for a division of the Marconi company in the 70/80/90's. I was always amazed at the rate of development which doesn't seem to have abated. The first time I visited Beijing the only traffic on the "B" road from the airport to the city was bicycles and donkey carts. By the time of my last visit the road was a 6 lane motorway, Beijing had I think 3 ring roads and the bicycles seemed to be outnumbered by Mercedes! I never got to Shenyang or Suzhou but spent a lot of time in Beijing ( more climbs on the Great Wall than I really needed) and Nanjing as well as a number of visits to Wuhan, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. I hope you enjoy your time in Suzhou. Keep those fabulous shots coming.

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Re: Snapshots [15] of my new location in China..

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[Snip] By the time of my last visit the road was a 6 lane motorway, Beijing had I think 3 ring roads and the bicycles seemed to be outnumbered by Mercedes! I never got to Shenyang or Suzhou but spent a lot of time in Beijing ( more climbs on the Great Wall than I really needed) and Nanjing as well as a number of visits to Wuhan, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. I hope you enjoy your time in Suzhou. Keep those fabulous shots coming.
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Yes, the development is intense and there are so many rich people now. Shenyang is "nouveau riche" with blatant and unsubtle ostentatious people lording over everyone else. It's not nice to see, and given the wealth is unfairly spread, I wouldn't want to be one if there's another revolution because they'd be a high target.

It seems the psychology is the grandparents remember starving in the great famine, and had nothing. Their life was nothing but struggle and watching officials and criminals take all that was good. They now see opportunity to be rich (read powerful in this country) and don't know if it will end, so they grab every opportunity. I guess this makes it understandable in a way.

Suzhou has a better spread of wealth, and it shows.

However, the rate of urban and monetary development in China is far outpacing the usual social development that goes with it. The young are pushing for ever more change, but don't know how to deal with it.

Interesting times for China.

Thanks for your comments.

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