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…

Zhejiang Shaoxing City

Seminar, a good excuse

In April 2019 I participated in a seminar in Zhejiang Shaoxing City , see here.

Shaoxing is a city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, straddling the Grand Canal and crossed by many waterways. The city’s rich cultural history is also marked by native writer Lu Xun’s former residence, now a museum.
Shaoxing is also known variously as the ‘City of Waters,’ ‘City of Bridges,’ ‘City of Calligraphy,’ ‘City of Tea,’ and ‘City of Scholars.’ It gives off an image of an elegant and peaceful locale with deep cultural connotations,
See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaoxing


We were spoiled by our two guides who took us around Zhejiang Shaoxing City on Monday 22 April.
First stop was Shen’s Garden, with a history of over 800 years. Known for the love story of Lu You and Tang Wan.
Later Lu Xun hometown, his birth place and home. Lu Xun is one of the most famous modern Chinese writers. Lu Xun’s works became known to English readers as early as 1926 with the publication in Shanghai of The True Story of Ah Q.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lu_Xun

After lunch in a local restaurant we walked around in the old town and had a boat trip.

In the evening we had dinner in Shaoxing CBD, SIJIFENGQING XUNWEI Restaurant. Very nice place, nice local dishes. The CBD area is pretty modern, stark contrast to the old city center.

The pictures are in that order of the visit, nearly all from me.

Beijing CBD and Sanlitun landmarks 2016

Contributor: Gilbert
Date 8 February (Chinese New Year Holiday) and 8 June 2016.

Locations: Gongti (Workers Stadium), Sanlitun (new) Yashow and Taikoo Li (“The Village”), East Third Ring Road, present CBD area, new CBD area (east of the 3rd Ring, under construction), Conrad Hotel, Jing Guang Centre, CCTV Tower and the doomed and still unopened hotel next door, Radegast Hotel on Guanghua Lu, the building with our “secret” KTVs on Third Ring Road East, People’s Daily Building (Renmin Ribao), Shash Restaurant (Uzbekistan Cuisine, next to Saint Angel Hotel)

See the progress for the buildings in the new CBD area.