Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Anji is about 2 hours west of Shanghai in the bamboo-forested mountains. This resource fuels the area's main industry - furniture. It snowed the day I arrived.
Hotel lobbies in China are always very nice. This one is decorated for the New Year celebration in mid-Feb - the year of the tiger.
Interesting artwork in the Anji Bamboo botanical garden.
In retrospect, handling birds probably wasn't the best idea. It was fun, though.
Handling pandas probably isn't a very good idea, either. I'm sure these giant toy animals could take a chunk out of you if they wanted to! Mostly, they just roll around & eat, though.
Lovely hotel lobby in the resort town of Hangzhou, famous for it's beautiful West Lake where the emperors built their palaces.
Interesting sights along the West Lake strand.
The new West Lake pagoda - the original fell down in the mid-20th century. I'm pretty sure the original didn't have an elevator.
Each floor of the pagoda was filled with amazing artwork. This relief-carving tells the legend of the broken bridge. Maybe I'll post the whole thing sometime.
The market in Hangzhou. Among all the tourist junk for sale, there are some beautiful things made by very talented artists. Lots of interesting music, food, & people, too.