China through my lens- Part 4: Guilin

Yangshuo, Guilin is my favourite place I travelled to while in China. (You can read about my travel adventure and thoughts on Yangshuo in my earlier post under travel!)

Yangshuo thoroughly satisfied my inner photography cavings. Without further ado, here are my photographs.

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These photos are taken at the ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’ perfomance. Unlike any other theatre performance, this spectacle is performed in the world’s largest natural theatre. The water of Li River is the stage and the misty hills in signature style of Guilin’s mountain ranges are the backdrop. Many of the performers are actual natives in the rural Guilin region. This show is a must see for any traveller in Yangshuo and it certainly leaves a lasting impression!

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This is one of the walls in Ryley’s Cafe. If you read my travel diaries post on Guilin then you will know how much I adore this place!Image

The board with an abundance of notes left by customers!

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Photos inside the Silver caves. The cave is HUGE and the formations are very impressive. The coloured lighting makes everything feel rather surreal as you walk through.Image

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China through my lens- Part 3: Hainan

While staying with my family in Zhuhai, we travelled to Hainan Island. This was my first time visiting Hainan and though it was fun, coming from New Zealand made the sun, blue sky and beach environment less of a novelty.

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This is what winter is like in southern China!

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Hainan AKA the Hawaii of China

 

 

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This was a show we saw on Phoenix Island. It consists of water acrobats and the performers do some pretty incredible tricks using jet boats and other water equipment! I highly recommend this spectacle.

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Apologies for the blurry and not straight photo. I think I may invest in a tripod…

 

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China through my lens- Part 2: Guangdong

Next we flew from Chengdu (Sichuan province) to Guangzhou airport (Guangdong province). ImageImage

 

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I revisited the panda house at Chimelong zoo in Guangzhou. They are cutest creatures ever to roam this earth. The pandas are definitely the highlight of this place in my opinion. Along with the international Chimelong Circus show! (This show is a must watch if you ever go there)

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Look… its a giant sea lion!!

 

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White whale performance

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While in Zhuhai I also went to Chimelong ocean kingdom park. It is very similar to Ocean park in Hong Kong. The only drawback of that day was the time it took to queue. Talk about waiting for 45mins for a 2min ride!

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A pretty place I found while on my run.

 

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China through my lens- Part 1: SiChuan

Over these next few posts I will be uploading my China photos! I have so many photos to sort through but hopefully you will see some decent photography in here!

After our 11 hour flight from Auckland to Guangzhou, we headed straight for our transfer flight to ChengDu, SiChuan. Sichuan was the first leg of my 2- month China adventure.

On a foggy winter morning, I visited the BeiChuan Earthquake memorial site near Mianyang city.

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Visitors entering the memorial site.

 

We couldn’t stay in ChengDu and not visit the cultural streets. Here are photos from Jinli Ancient street. There are traditional stores and many street shops selling delicious local cuisine. The leisurely lifestyle and the strong fondness for dining of the locals are especially evident along this cultural street.

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Man doing Tai Chi…

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The ever bustling Chun Xi Road is definitely one of my favourite places in Chengdu. Chunxi is like the 5th Avenue of New York, the Wangfujing of Beijing. I miss all these lights and the hustle and bustle of the big city…

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Next stop in the Sichuan province was Zigong. ImageImageImage

These 3 photos were taken at the Lantern Lights festival. If Zigong had to be renowned for one thing it would be it’s annual lights show. Even all throughout the city lights are hung on the lampposts, trees and on the side of main streets. A drive around the city at night definitely puts you in the festive mood for CNY! Although I guess the novelty wears off for locals. 😛

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Guilty Pleasure: K- dramas

A few months ago I started watching Korean dramas. After many years of not watching a single episode of K drama I have rediscovered my love. Big mistake. K dramas are horribly addicting. Once you start watching there’s no end. And when you find yourself finishing a series you start on a new one. It’s this cycle that starts to consume your life. Okay, so that might be a slight exaggeration but there is not denying that they are seriously addicting.

If you are not familiar with the hype that is ‘K drama’, these dramas are stereotypically romantic comedies (although there certainly are exceptions) aimed at teen girls. Most of the ones that I have watched follow the formula of rich boy falls in love with poor girl. The boy comes from a complicated family background usually with only one parent/grandparent. There is a CEO of some major corporate business. There is the funny best friend. There is a secondary male character who also falls in love with the poor girl. The nice boy who is actually nice to the girl gets rejected while the one who torments and acts arrogantly gets the girl. Go Figure.

Yes, I am aware that there is very little quality about these shows but once I start watching it’s like being sucked into a virtual universe of hot guys (…Lee Min Ho *drools*…) and chronic drama. Despite the banal and sometimes cheesy plotlines I still get emotionally vested into the show. I never thought that I would be someone who would like this kind of thing but my goodness I CAN’T STOP. Snuggled in bed with cake or ice cream and the latest episode of whatever K drama I happen to be watching has become my ideal night. I can feel the waves of your judgement right now. This love hate relationship with K Dramas is a great and terrible thing…

My top 5 K dramas as of Feb 2014:
1) The Heirs
2) My Princess
3) My Girl
4) My Lovely Sam Soon
5) Innocent Man

Currently watching:
• Secret Garden

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