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:
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2017-07/19/content_30163473.htm

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.

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

Sightseeing

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.