Huangshan Mountains in Anhui Province

Contributor: Alfons/Belgium

Huangshan (Chinese: 黄山) is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 meters, with trees growing up to the treeline at 1,800 meters.
The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, hot springs, winter snow, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of China’s major tourist destinations. (Source Wikipedia)

Pics taken in October 2012.

Beijing Auto Museum

On 17 June 2011 I visited the Beijing Auto Museum, 126 Nan Sihuan Xilu, in Fengtai District. Organized by the Information Office of the Beijing Government and others (see invitation).
It was a special preview visit of the museum that also hosts the Fengtai District Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. See the brochures of the Museum (Chinese only) and of Fengtai.
We were not allowed to take pictures but I refused to obey as the Chinese side was taking pictures and video of us…
Pretty nice building and nice exhibits.

Pictures could be better, taken in a haste and with my old camera. Some of the cars pictured I used in the past… Memories…
Some said many of the exhibits are actually reproductions, maybe the reason you can’t take pictures? Pretty silly, go to the American museums where you shoot what you want.

Yiwu where all what you fancy comes from

Date of visit: 25 May 2016.

In regions like Africa and the Middle East people may know nothing about China but most know the magic word YIWU CITY (Zhejiang Province).
The real and main attraction is the Yiwu International Trade Mart, a gigantic shopping center for exporters – no single pieces are sold. It covers 4.7 million sqm with 70,000 booths and over 200,000 daily visitors. It is said to be “the largest mall commodity wholesale market in the world”.

Visiting the mall you never want to buy that cute souvenir in Madrid, Amsterdam, Malaga, wherever. Or that exquisite doll in Japan or that magnificent Buddha statue in Thailand. Or that cute dog in porcelain in a high-end store. Or those bells and bracelets in a Chinese temple on a remote mountain (the monks come to buy here!).
Indeed, whatever you fancy, it come from Yiwu.

When I had brought some souvenirs from Belgium to Beijing I was shown by my Chinese friends you could simply buy it (cheaply!!!) online on Taobao.
Kills the fun of looking for souvenirs!
The mall is indeed just as magical as the Cave of Alibaba.

Yiwu City (Zhejiang) May 2016

Date: 25 May 2016. Quick tour of Yiwu City (Zhejiang). There are direct flights between Beijing and Yiwu (just over two hours).

We stayed in the Crown Plaza Yiwu Expo. Next to it are the Yiwu Expo Hall, the Yiwu Library and Yiwu Archives.
The city is still expanding. See the enomous group of buildings under construction, also seen during the night.
Due to the enormous commodity trade the city has a lot of foreigners, many who decided to settle. We visited the Muslim neighborhood in the evening. There is also a Korean one, among others.