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Images of China : The first several pictures were taken on our journey from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. From Guangzhou we flew to the Hunan Province where we then traveled to Zhangjiajie; the location of the Zhangjiajie Music Festival. The festival set up 6 stages at various locations through out the Zhangjiajie National Park where the natural beauty included the lake at the top of one of their mountains (over one thousand steps to get there) and the famous Yellow Dragon Caves. When the festival was over John and I continued on to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and then on to the Great Wall.

Images of China

throughruthseyes

The first several pictures were taken on our journey from Hong Kong to ...

Updated: Oct 14, 2011 8:06pm PST

Faces of China : I stepped out of my comfort zone with these pictures. I normally photograph nature and inanimate objects but I was so captivated by the beautiful and intriguing faces I encountered that I found myself snapping shots before I knew it.

Faces of China

throughruthseyes

I stepped out of my comfort zone with these pictures. I normally photo ...

Updated: Oct 14, 2011 7:36pm PST

Ten Days in Heilongjiang : Our first stop was a relatively small city (500,000) named Anda in northern China's Heilongjiang province.

Ten Days in Heilongjiang

Joan Gellatly

Our first stop was a relatively small city (500,000) named Anda in nor ...

Updated: Sep 26, 2011 7:49pm PST

Beijing/ China : On my several trips to Beijing I tried to capture the real soul of the city.

Beijing/ China

Izabela

On my several trips to Beijing I tried to capture the real soul of the ...

Updated: Sep 15, 2011 8:28pm PST

Cheung Chau/ Hong Kong : Cheung Chau's Bun Festival, which draws tens of thousands of local and overseas tourists every year, is staged to mark the Eighth day of the Fourth Moon, in the Chinese calendar (this is usually in early May). It coincides with the local celebration of Buddha's Birthday.
 
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival began as a fun and exciting ritual for fishing communities to pray for safety from pirates. Today this religious origin has largely been forgotten, and the festival has mainly become a showcase of traditional Chinese culture.
 
For three days the entire island goes vegetarian; most of the island's famous seafood restaurants adhere to this tradition. The local McDonald's also takes meat off the menu and instead sells burgers made of mushrooms.
 
In addition to traditional lion dances and dragon dances, children dressed as legendary and modern heroes are suspended above the crowd on the tips of swords and paper fans (飘风). They form the parade-in-the-air and are all secured within steel frames, though they appear to glide through the air. Parents consider it a great honour for their offspring to be part of the parade.
 
This fascinating procession is accompanied by the bedlam of musicians loudly beating gongs and drums to scare away evil spirits. It is led by a spectacular image of Pak Tai, the God of Water and Spirit of the North, to whom the island's Temple of the Jade Vacuity is dedicated.
 
Bun snatching 
Steamed buns for the "Bun Mountain", being stamped the crimson characters of the respective district (北社, "Northern Society" shown in a combined way) on the island.The centrepiece of the festival is at Pak Tai Temple where are the "Bun Mountains" or "Bun Towers"(包山), three giant 60-feet bamboo towers covered with buns. It is those bun-covered towers that give the festival its name. Historically, young men would race up the tower to get hold of the buns; the higher the bun, the better fortune it was supposed to bring to the holder's family; the race was known as "Bun-snatching" (搶包山).[1] However, during a race in 1978 one of the towers collapsed, injuring more than 100 people. In subsequent years, three designated climbers (one climber to each tower) raced up their respective towers and having cleared the top buns proceeded to strip the towers of their buns as they descended.
 
In 2005, a single tower climbing event in the adjacent sports ground was revived as a race -- with extra safety precautions including proper mountain-climbing tools as well as tutorials for participants (which now include women). A teamwork version of the event was added in 2006.The revised version of "Bun-snatching" as well as the traditional three "Bun Mountains" still have their buns removed from the towers at midnight of the Festival.
 
In February 2007, it was further announced that the buns on the single-tower construct will henceforth be made of plastic. During the festival, Chinese operas, lion dances, and religious services also take place on the island.

Cheung Chau/ Hong Kong

Izabela

Cheung Chau's Bun Festival, which draws tens of thousands of local and ...

Updated: Sep 15, 2011 1:08am PST

People of China :

People of China

photography-shequ

Updated: Aug 16, 2011 1:46pm PST

China : My trips in China

China

Jan Kokholm

My trips in China

Updated: Jul 29, 2011 8:34am PST

2011.07.26 圆明园荷花 : 圆明园的荷花区域多,分布广,总体感觉比北海的好,可惜都离岸较远,镜头焦距不够长,取景困难,很多只能裁剪。
暴晒,连灌三瓶水。

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2011.07.26 圆明园荷花

Pumpkin

圆明园的荷花区域多,分布广,总体感觉比北海的好� ...

Updated: Jul 26, 2011 7:19pm PST

2011.07.14 - TianAnMen Square : 桑拿天去天安门广场捏片,上午10点挤1号线地铁,出了一身臭汗,每人几十块吃个半饱。只为活动筋骨,试试新机。

DPP裁剪,定制picture style。

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2011.07.14 - TianAnMen Square

Pumpkin

桑拿天去天安门广场捏片,上午10点挤1号线地铁,出� ...

Updated: Jul 14, 2011 11:20am PST

Sichuan 四川 Trip: Wuming Buddhist College 五明佛学院 : © Li Sun and Sergio De Gregorio, 2012 All rights reserved. - Fuji Velvia 100

Sichuan 四川 Trip: Wuming Buddhist ...

Sergio De Gregorio

© Li Sun and Sergio De Gregorio, 2012 All rights reserved. - Fuji Vel ...

Updated: Jun 01, 2011 3:25am PST