I always find it fascinating to walk around a strange city. China is extraordinary. It is changing at an enormous rate. It seems to be a mixture of old and new with many clichés mixed in
The city is quite amazing all lit up at night. It is strange to see the old colonial buildings next to the futuristic skyscrapers. The brightly lit dragon boats cruise up and down.
It was quite a dull hazy day – full of smoggy air. But it gave a mysterious quality. We walked along the Bund. It is quite a remarkable sky line. I don’t think I could walk twenty yards without girls approaching me and asking to be my Chinese girlfriend. I’d like to think that was my good looks but I suspect there might have been some financial aspect.
In amongst all the modern skyscrapers and polluted air we stumbled on an ancient Buddhist temple. I was very taken with the surreal wall of psychedelic Buddhas in among the clouds.
We had our first day in the hazy pollution of Shanghai, wandering around the park.
We headed back from the wonders of Guilin to stay with my daughter in Shanghai. We visited the museum. I was particularly taken with these ancient sculptures. I also liked the willow-pattern. It was Guilin!
Guilin is a fairy land. The mountains are surreal.
We visited camel rock and the monkeys came down to see us.
In the shadows of the weird mountains nestled a little town. It looked old. The roofs with gargoyles and dragons sloping upwards to friegten off demons and prevent them landing. Old people bent over from a life of planting rice.