China | August 2011 – Shanghai, Chengdu, Mianyang, Beijing

Before this trip I had a little bit of a drama with my passport and I nearly did not go. But, wow I am glad everything worked out in the end because, well…. I was in a process of applying for my new passport (my old one just expired) when I got an email from my brother that he is getting married in China in August! I was quite sad when he told me as I really though I wont be able to make it, but to cut long story short I got my passport 3 weeks before the day of flight. My trip to china was 8 days long and pretty full on. So first when  I flew in from Sydney ( oh yeh I live in Sydney) I met my brother and my mum in Shanghai where I spent a night then we flew to Chengdu in the evening, 2 days later we were in Mianyang for the wedding and as last destination we flew to Beijing.

Here are my highlights from the trip:

Shanghai: The view of the city at night | The Yu Yuan Bazaar – markets where I bargained an angry birds key rings and few other souvenirs 🙂
Chengdu: Panda research and breeding center where you can be photographed holding a baby panda and the money you pay for the photo goes to the fund to help save them.
The historic Jinli Street – the oldest street in West Sichuan with superb atmosphere. Went for an amazing two hour long foot massage – which I highly recommend.
Mianyang: The highlight here is of course my brother’s traditional Chinese wedding, but I can not post any photos from the wedding yet, so maybe in my next update. A part from the wedding, we had fantastic food, lots of tea, beautiful facial treatment in another spa together with the bride. And on the last day before our flight to Beijing a full body massage! lol….I will miss this in Sydney.
Beijing: I liked it here, but I dont know if its just the time of year we went or if its like this all the time, but the tourist attractions are far the busiest I have seen. For The Great Wall of China we had to wait in a queue for 45 minutes to take the cable car up the wall. Then we had to queue up again to go down the wall, but that queue wasnt as bad I think we waited maybe 20-30 minutes. Although once we were walking on the Great Wall of China it was a pretty amazing feeling and I am glad I have done it. The next day we went to lurk around the city a little and visted Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. In the evening we visited the Qianmen street which is a famous pedestrian street and were invited for dinner by friends to try the famous Beijing duck.

Here are some photos I took:

View of the Shanghai city at night

View of the Shanghai city at night

 

Traditional Chinese teahouses around Yu Yuan Bazzar in Shanghai Old City

Traditional Chinese teahouses around Yu Yuan Bazzar in Shanghai Old City

Yu Yuan Gardens reflection

Yu Yuan Gardens reflections - Ming garden design

Jinli historical street, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Jinli historical street, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Jinli historical street - Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Jinli historical street

 

Jinli historical street - Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Decoration of Jinli historical street

Jinli historical street - Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Decoration of Jinli historical street

Geisha?

Mum dressed up as a Geisha - posing for all tourists!

 

Interior of the hotel's bar in Mianyang

Our Hotel's bar interior design in Mianyang

Everyday Life in Mianyang

Everyday Life - a stranger on his bicycle in Mianyang

Everyday Life in Mianyang

Everyday Life - Family of three, Mianyang

Great Wall of China

One of the wonders of the world and world Heritage site - The Great Wall of China, Badaling

Golden light over the Great Wall of China

One of the wonders of the world and world Heritage site - The Great Wall of China, Badaling

Golden light over the Great Wall of China

One of the wonders of the world and world Heritage site - The Great Wall of China, Badaling

Great Wall of China

My brother & The Great Wall

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Tiananmen Square in Beijing - the biggest square in the world

Everyday Life in Beijing

A man collecting empty plastic bottles around the Tiananmen Square

Panorama of the Forbbiden City, Beijing

Click to view large! Panoramic view of the forbbiden City from the Zhongshan Park Hill

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I loved everything about China,  its a beautiful place and must be explored by all. Sometimes  a little crazy at the back of a taxi or a rikshaw but its all part of the experience. Packed with history and character with many photo opportunities.

I will be doing another blog post about my trip, but it will be more about iPhone photography and how I captured China on my phone.

Hope you enjoyed my photos and blog,
Peace 🙂

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