Monday, March 31, 2014

Tong Li Historical Town (Part 1) & Suzhou, China (Part 6)

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 2013 China trip, use this link.

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The photos for today are from Tong Li Historical Town (同里) and Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (苏州, 江苏, 中国). Since I shot many photo in Tong Li Historical Town (同里), I will be splitting these photos into 2 parts.

我今天的照片是在同里和苏州拍的。我在同里拍了很多的照片所以会把照片分成两个部分。

So on the first few days in China, I was obviously horribly jet lagged. So on the morning of 12/10/2013, I happened to have woke up to sunrise. Photo was shot from my room in the Suzhou Central Hotel. 
我刚到中国的时候,我又很大的时差。十二月十号的时候,我醒过来看到日出。这是在苏州市会议中心官房间里拍的。

Here is another sunrise shot from my room.

 Now I arrive at Tong Li Historical Town. This is a family drying their stuff outside the house. 
我到达同里。一家人吧被子挂在外面。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 43 N 120 42 58 E


 Some old fashion kettles for boiling water. 
这是烧水的。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 41 N 120 42 57 E

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Here is a photo of Tong Li (同里). Just like Suzhou (苏州), this town is also built near a river with many bridges. The stone roads on the left is characteristic of these towns. This is a preserved historical town and is a tourist attraction near Suzhou (苏州). There are many tour guides and they will bug you to see if you will pay them for a tour. I just pretended I didn't know Chinese. Then one of the tour guides went to go bug our friend, who told them, they are foreigners, they can't understand you. The tour guide was like, "Really? But they look so Chinese!" LOL "You will never understand..." said our friend. 
这是同里。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 10 38 N 120 42 55 E

Another photo from Tong Li Historical Town. You will see a sign for the Chinese Sex Museum. I know what you are going to ask, and no, I did not visit that museum. A pervert with a camera decided to hit on our family friends... Just a random guess, but I think he was in that museum. :D
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 10 37 N 120 42 55 E

 Here is a close up photo of the sign. Not only do I not know how to translate or read that, but I think Chinese reading visitors to this website can pretty much guess what I wrote. LOL


Now a photo from one of the gardens in Tong Li Historical Town (同里). These gardens are similar to the ones seen in Suzhou (苏州). 
这是同里的园林。很想苏州的园林。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 37 N 120 42 58 E

Here is another photo from inside the garden.  
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 37 N 120 42 59 E

 Some historical beds on display inside the garden's museum. 
这是古代的床。


 A household in Tong Li Historical Town (同里). Now looking at the shot, I should have moved those two mops and did a shot like the famous photo "The Open Door" by Willian Henry Fox Talbot. 
同里里面的一家人。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 37 N 120 42 57 E

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Another historical looking house in Tong Li Historical Town (同里). 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with more photos from Tong Li Historical Town (同里) in Jiangsu, China (江苏, 中国). 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同里拍的照片。

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