Tuesday, January 8, 2013

China Moments [第四册]

Here is a small smattering of images from my trip in China.  For 54 days, I took pictures, pointed out weird things, and generally was bemused.  The videos may come up later, or never at all.  Enjoy!  

This was inside the Bird's Nest.  The stadium is actually quite intrinsic. And amazing if you don't have a fear of heights.

Black currant-hibiscus tea, black sesame-walnut cookies, and red bean scones. Starbucks in China is by far my favorite.

Oh come on, aren't they cute?  Sorta?

Some of Tianjin's best statues and sculptures are also very curious.  They have over 21 bridges, and neither one is the same...

And of course, NBA is big no matter what.

There's something striking about a traditional Bai painting next to modern cotton candy.  Ask me about significance later.

A Hero's Tale, or rather 'Brave.'

For the Torch Festival, people will build their own torches and find ways to make the offering bigger and bigger, so that the smoke will bring their wishes to the gods.

Buttered tea is a traditional minority drink.  It just depends on what minority.

They were having a feast, so they decided to eat some pigs.

When they cook a feast in a village, they really do go all out.

Durian, peaches, kiwis, lychees.  And creamy vanilla.

Steamed shrimp dumplings, when perfectly done, are heavenly.

Pure decadence: black pudding-chocolate milquetoast (that's how it's spelled, blame the Taiwanese), Pocky in dark chocolate sauce with chocolate whipped cream, and kiwi sauce.

Spicy green bean curd. Don't knock it until you try it.

It's a pun: have a long and happy life. But the sound for 'year' and 'to break something' are the same... Hence, break a bottle for a year of prosperity!

Lake fish and shrimp, fried up in a doughy mix of potatoes and eggs.

At the temple I visited near Jizushan (or Chicken Foot Mountain), they go through thousands of the red candles a week.

There's something endless about a pagoda on a foggy day, especially when the sky suddenly opens.

P.S. Brownie points if anyone can figure out where a couple of these places are!

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