Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tiger Hill (虎丘) & Funny Translation - Suzhou, China (Part 3)

In the month of December in 2013, I took a trip to China to visit relatives and to travel places and take photos. On this trip, I visited Jiangsu (江苏), Anhui (安徽), Hong Kong (香港), and Macau (澳门). I took many photos on this trip and I will be splitting them into many parts. I will do my best in these blog post to describe the photos, however due to the lack of map data for China (on Google) and my horrible Chinese, I may not be able to give you too much details on certain things. At the time of visit, the smog in China is very heavy. In many of the photos, you will see what looks to be fog or haze, but it is the smog (pollution) in China. Be warned, that the pollution in China is not at safe levels. I started coughing less than one week into the trip, and I did not recover until the beginning of March this year (2014). Many individuals in China had the same cough I got. If you haven't done so, you can view my vlogs here. I already posted all my vlogs (of the entire trip) on Youtube, but these photos will come out in parts.

12/2013,我去中国旅游。我去了江苏、安徽、香港、和澳门玩。我会把照片分成很多部分。我的中文没有那么好,我不能翻译所有的东西。 我去中国的时候有很大的雾霾。我咳嗽咳了好几个月。我这次旅游也拍了一些视频,你可以在这里看。

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best China photos from this trip, use this link. To view all of my photos from 12/9/2013, use this link.

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The photos for today are all from Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (苏州, 江苏, 中国) at Tiger Hill (虎丘). One photo is of some funny translations.

今天的照片是在苏州虎丘拍的。

While in Suzhou, I stayed at the Suzhou Central Hotel. This was the "Security Scattering Sketch Map" aka "Fire Evacuation Plan" on the back of the door in my room. LOL 
我在苏州的时候我住在苏州市会议中心官。门后面的翻译。

Here is the lobby of the Suzhou Central Hotel.  
苏州市会议中心官的前厅。

 Now I arrive at Tiger Hill (虎丘). This is right across the street at a private parking lot. The long exposure was unintended but the smog really blocks out a lot of light. While mid day, I still had to long exposure. So funny story here. I asked my mom to help carry my tripod (in English) and the guy in charge of the parking lot came and was like: "How you educate your child? His Chinese is so bad, I couldn't understand!" We all laughed. XD
我到了虎丘。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 19 57 N 120 34 29 E


Now at Tiger Hill (虎丘). This long exposure was intended. I used an ND filter to blur out a tour group that was also at this place. Tiger Hill pagoda is off in the distance. I didn't end up climbing it because of the smog. I doubt I could see much on top. I think this is one of the best shots I've ever taken. 
虎丘塔在远处。我没有爬虎丘塔因为雾霾,看不见东西。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 01 N 120 34 29 E

 Black and white process of the photo above. I think this is also one of the best black and whites I've ever processed. 

 Photo from Tiger Hill (虎丘). As you can see the smog is very heavy and the distant buildings are blurred. The rivers and bridges are famous in Suzhou (苏州). The boats underneath the bridge are for tourists. The boats are also famous in Suzhou. 
苏州有很大的雾霾。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 04 N 120 34 32 E


To shoot that photo above, I had to be on a bridge. This is the view from the other side of the bridge. While Tiger Hill (虎丘) is a historical preserve, there are also residents still living in the old style houses. 

A black and white process of the photo above.  

A photo of a road at Tiger Hill (虎丘). These stone roads are characteristic of Suzhou's ancient towns. This one seems to be rebuilt. On the left is a stand selling scarves. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 05 N 120 34 32 E

 This is a well at Tiger Hill (虎丘). 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 05 N 120 34 31 E


Stores at Tiger Hill (虎丘).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 06 N 120 34 29 E

A vintage barber shop chair in one of the stores at Tiger Hill (虎丘).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 05 N 120 34 32 E

Upped the clarity and did another shot. 

A black and white process of the photo.  


Old style houses at Tiger Hill (虎丘). 
虎丘的旧房子。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 04 N 120 34 33 E

Black and white process of the photo above. 


A food seller at Tiger Hill (虎丘). She is making Chinese style sausages and egg omelettes. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 04 N 120 34 35 E

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Here is a landscape shot of Tiger Hill (虎丘) and the river. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 20 02 N 120 34 37 E

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with more photos from Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (苏州, 江苏, 中国) from Tiger Hill (虎丘) and Shan Tang Street (山塘街). Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

我下一次有跟多的苏州在虎丘和山塘路拍的照片。

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