Friday, April 4, 2014

Tong Li Historical Town (Part 2) & Suzhou, China (Part 7)

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 my 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 have split these photos into 2 parts. This is part 2. For Suzhou (苏州) today, I have photos from Jinji Lake (金鸡湖), The Gate to the East (东方之门), Suzhou Train Station (苏州火车站), plus some funny translations and stuff.

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。这是第二个部分。苏州的照片我有金鸡湖、东方之门、苏州火车站、和一些好玩的翻译。

Here is a type of tree. Not sure what it is called. Photo was shot in one of the gardens in Tong Li Historical Town (同里)
这是在同里园林里拍的一棵树。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 36 N 120 42 56 E

Here is the view inside the garden in Tong Li Historical Town (同里)
同里的园林。

This is an old fashioned door knob on one of the doors inside the garden. 

HDR composition of one of the trees inside the garden. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 36 N 120 42 57 E


Here is an vintage Chinese watercolor. 

Still in Tong Li Historical Town, here is another garden. 
同里的园林。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 09 35 N 120 42 58 E


Back in Suzhou (苏州) now. Photo is of sunset shot at Jinji Lake (金鸡湖) with the The Gate to the East (东方之门) on the right. The The Gate to the East (东方之门) building is nicknamed the "Big Pants" building by the locals and is quite famous in China.
回到苏州。照片是日落时候拍的。这个湖是金鸡湖,在右边是东方之门。这个建筑也叫大裤衩。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 19 14 N 120 42 15 E


I now went to another part of the lake to get more shots of sunset. The photo was shot from a bridge.
我在湖边另外的地方在拍了一些日落的照片。这张照片是在桥上拍的。
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 31 19 14 N 120 40 58 E

The other side of the bridge. 
桥的另外一边。

Another sunset photo from the bridge. 
桥上拍的日落照片。


I developed a horrible cough and headache at the beginning of my trip. I slept for 1 day. So this was shot on 12/13/2013. The photos from Tong Li Historical Town (同里) and the sunset shots of Jinji Lake (金鸡湖) was shot on 12/10/2013. In China, many bathrooms and restaurants don't provide free tissue paper. For some reason, this packet of tissue paper I got had an expiration date on it. I wonder what will happen after that date. LOL

The next day (12-24-2013), I head to the Suzhou Train Station (苏州火车张) to head out to Anhui (安徽) to go see my dad's side of the family out in rural China. For some reason the security checkpoints at the station all had this sign on it. I'm not too sure how you would go through a security checkpoint while asleep or passed out. LOL  It is translated correctly I think. 
我下一天去苏州火车站去坐火车到安徽。

Before heading on the train, I noticed this. What the "induction elevator" does is that it will start up once it detects people get on the escalator. Translated incorrectly this time. What the Chinese says is "automatic sensing elevator". 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with photos from Anhui, China (安徽, 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.

我下一次有安徽拍的照片。

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