China 2015-16

The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China in late fall
The Great Wall
If you travel far enough, you can escape most tourists
The Great Wall
Once built as borders to defend enemy attacks, it now tries to block off the smog
The Great Wall
First built in 220 B.C., it was since refurbished many times. Especially near Beijing
The Forbidden City
Once the political centre of an empire, it now slowly hides in smog
Palace Museum
Many parts of the Forbidden City are now open for tourists
Throne
Just one of many thrones in the Forbidden City
Door
A door in the old part of town, found in Beijing
Small Restaurant
Food is the center of Chinese life. How could it not be with such cozy restaurants?
Food Street
The food street in Beijing has a very high density of restaurants. In the evening, it can get very crowded
Snow Fall
It can get colder than -20 °C in Beijing, so snowfall should not be a surprise in late fall
Xi Hu
West Lake in the morning
Stone Lamp
A stone lamp in a lake that is lit after sundown
Boater
For a small fee this boater will take you to the middle of West Lake, Hangzhou
After the Rain
Hangzhou is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Of course such rich flora needs a lot of rain
Centipede
There are but few insects in the cities. But once you get to the more rural parts, you can discover plenty animals and insects
Tang Dynasty
Hangzhou features amazing architecture from the Tang dynasty. A style that impressed Japanese, too
Reflection
Blue sky is mirrored in a quiet part of the river
Old Boat
An old private boat that hasn't been used in a while
Staying Young
In parks you will find many people practicing Tai Chi, dance or rarely even self-defense. But not everybody knows kung fu fighting
West Lake Temple
An evening shot of West Lake, Hangzhou
Diver
The amazing part is not that the old man is still fit enough to do a header, but that he dives into a spring in the middle of Jinan, surrounded by houses
Floating Geese
A group of geese conquered a floating piece of wood and they seem determinant to protect it
Spring City
Jinan is also called the Spring City for its many artesian springs
Small Temple
In the middle of a small island I was impressed to find a such detailed little temple
Tempest
An old boat is docked before the storm comes
Tattoo
I found a group of men playing volleyball at the beach in Qingdao. All of them had impressive tattoos on their back
Qingdao
Qingdao was introduced to me as China's most liveable city. The air quality is amazing, food is diverse and the beer is easily the best in the country
Panda
Of you go to China, you have to go see a panda, the nation's mascot. Even if it's only in a zoo
Hunger
A cat that does not seem to have a master decides to go looking for food on its own