Railway journey by Bruce

A railway journey that led to a lifetime story

See here part of the China article, a railway journey by Bruce Connolly, dated 19 July 2017.
Read the full story here:

One of the great articles of Bruce with some of his exceptional pics.

Writes Bruce:

“There are many ways of seeing landscape quite as good and none more vivid, in spite of canting dilettanti, than from a railway train.” 19th century Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Thoughts on Walking.

Rail travel has always been, and still is, my preferred way to travel. Exactly 30 years ago this week I arrived in China by train on a journey from Glasgow, Scotland to Hong Kong’s Hung Hom Station. China was a country I knew little about apart from a few confused preconceptions. It would have been easy to fly to Hong Kong but to appreciate a country, or in this case two continents, overland travel encompasses the geography, of watching Europe slowly give way to Asia, of meeting people and observing how they also physically changed, and learning from people about their countries. That journey was also a life changer. If I had not taken the train, my China story would never have happened – 30 years later this country remains my adopted home! The experiences – incredible!

A warm July evening, retreating from the gravelly wastes of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert the green eighteen coach train pulled into Erlain, China’s border town. A fellow passenger, Mr. Li, a journalist with the People’s Daily East Berlin office, shook my hand while welcoming me to China. Minutes later we were both under the train watching the wheel bogies being manually swapped for Chinese track gauges, narrower than Mongolian and Russian.

(continued on China Daily)

Zhouzhuang Ancient Town

The unknown contributors

Contributor: “others” – source unknown
The pictures of Zhouzhuang Ancient Town come from a slideshow without a clear reference. That happens a lot, slideshows circulating on the Internet and no way to figure out who made it. Maybe somebody can figure it out with the Chinese characters?

About Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang (周庄) lies at the middle between Shanghai and Suzhou. It is an ancient town of Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, a region that abounds with rivers and lakes. So it is thought by many to be the best waterside town in China.This ancient town has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are about 100 houses with courtyards, and 60 of them have arch gateways made by carved bricks.

With lakes on four sides, the beauty of Zhouzhuang is specially to be found along the waterside lanes and around a number of the stone bridges. A different vista at every turn can be found here. All those make a visit most enjoyable. Also, one can enjoy the fairyland atmosphere of the evenings here when the myriad stars twinkle as though in communication with the glittering lights.

Metro Wuhan

Imported goods

Series of shots by Jan De Cock showing daily life in Wuhan and surroundings.
Dated 11 March 2007.

Imported food

Shows the choice of imported food in the local supermarkets, such as METRO and others, plus sights of the city. Some of the food and beer are from Belgium. Also other fruits, flowers, foodstuff and city sights.
Jan always shows the local angle.

Unusual pictures

Are Chinese obsessed?

Part of my unusual pictures are the ones circulating on the Chinese Internet.

Our friends love those “natural formations” that remind you of certain body parts. And making “art work” about it is also popular. Even some public spaces like in Chongqing show some, as … you could find on China Daily.

My funny pics

Other unusual pictures…


– WC aka as toilets are a (often stinking) experience. Not for the faint of heart or nose. And Chinese men are terribly dirty
– bomb disposal: often overlooked, in many subway stations. Not exactly rubbish bins! Lately less visible.
– new star being born? Nope. Beijing fireworks, now banned.
– I loved the drain covers with the Olympic logos
– fruits come is all kind of dubious/ingenious forms; often they are tasteless, especially the one in plastic containers… But we love the “kaki” (persimmons), we often get boxes of them as a gift; they need to time to slowly ripe till they are liquid and sweet inside.
– balls and buttons in my home; for those who know it
– copycats are everywhere, however this Audi is a bit strange
– when I mention to my Chinese friends I have some black candles, they are horrified. Oh brings bad luck.. Actually I got them here in Beijing. I learned how to make candle wicks and managed to bring them back to full burning; as many men I love to play with candles…

Note: the pics ending in “x” are from diverse sources, others are mine.

Beijing red sky

These pictures were taken in Beijing on 22 May 2017.

All from different sources found on Wechat.

Holiday crowds

During the (few) Chinese holidays we witness massive crowds in the famous tourist spots.

See here some humorous pics about it, from Wechat posts (see the Chinese reference in the pics). Some of my friends hate the pics because it reminds them of insects…