Sichuan Province

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by raschmidt, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. raschmidt

    raschmidt Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2014
    Chengdu, China
    Rob
    15599707069_26c6b0b616_b. _MG_1964 by raschmidt87

    15165591074_1ee141f180_b. _MG_2004 by raschmidt87

    15165589614_d2799f067c_b. _MG_2031 by raschmidt87

    15165559954_6561642991_b. PA010530 by raschmidt87

    15783628591_aec6f125a2_b. PA020628 by raschmidt87

    15600333617_3acfc88c85_b. PA030813 by raschmidt87

    15783605091_b82c0b8afa_b. _MG_1952 by raschmidt87

    First 2 and last photo are taken with Canon 100D and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens, the rest are Olympus E-M1 w/12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
    Taken in Songpan County

    The ones below were taken in Dayi, with an Olympus E-M1 and either a Sigma 19mm or 60mm f/2.8 DN lens.

    15788338202_2e140a1b6b_b. PA310136 by raschmidt87

    (taken in very very dark conditions with about a 1 second exposure and no tripod)

    15601358818_9f182b0c25_b. PA310169 by raschmidt87

    15786754375_43c0bd6b42_b. PA310248 by raschmidt87

    15600929189_4ec25a586a_b. PB010355 by raschmidt87

    15763067056_20704a2eae_b. PB010452 by raschmidt87

    15786735895_5a48bb121a_b. PB010626 by raschmidt87

    Sorry - I took a lot of blurry waterfall pictures.......I was just so impressed that I could do this handheld I couldnt resist.

    15601340408_c69f05ef11_b. PB010524 by raschmidt87

    15601586667_4665eac244_b. PB010535 by raschmidt87

    15788316962_f5c66f74eb_b. PB010547 by raschmidt87
     
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  2. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2012
    If you're still there, try Ng Ka Py.
     
  3. raschmidt

    raschmidt Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2014
    Chengdu, China
    Rob
    I'll be here for awhile, I take it that makes Baijiu look like a little girls drink?
     
  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi,

    Nice pics!

    Were you in Jiuzhaigou?

    Barry
     
  5. raschmidt

    raschmidt Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2014
    Chengdu, China
    Rob
    Not quite in Jiuzhaigou, it was over National Holiday and it was strongly recommended I did not go there at that time due to the number of people there. The area I was in was just across the mountains, probably about 50km straight south of there in the mountains. I would like to go next year during a time that isn't very busy, but I also want to go to Xinjiang and Yunnan.
     
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  6. Mogul

    Mogul Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2012
    I've heard it described as sweet and flowery - with a hint of kerosene.

    Great pictures is a beautiful part of the world. A friend of mine was born there and occasionally returns for photo vacations.
     
  7. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 28, 2013
    Los Angeles / Copenhagen
    Chris
    wow! these pictures are fantastic, I definitely need to go here. If you're ever in Hangzhou let me know!

    also, interesting to see the European architecture, makes me wonder if its build by legitimate settlers (which is doubt), or made as a tourist trap (more likely!).
     
  8. raschmidt

    raschmidt Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2014
    Chengdu, China
    Rob
    It's a tourist trap, most everything here has been built in the last 10-20 years, and in the case of the European village, the last 2-3 years. Across the street from it was a building that looks like a church - but knowing China I am pretty sure that's not what it was. It's a bit disappointing because traditional chinese architecture is just as appealing and looks much more authentic. Sadly even the "ancient town" that seem to be everywhere, are not actually ancient but brand new. It's sad but they will demolish an actual ancient village rather than repair it, and build a new one somewhere nearby. Most of the tourism isn't aimed at foreigners but locals, I wish more westerners would come to visit China, when they realize what a treasure they have here they wouldn't toss it away so casually.
     
  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Well, (in at least some places) it's getting much better...

    In 1998, I did a tour (Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou)... The Forbidden City was very run down (paint peeling, etc.) and all 3 museums inside were closed (exhibits had reportedly been loaned out).

    I also went to a peripheral part of the Summer Palace a few years later, which was in terrible condition.

    This September, I went back to Beijing, including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven... all were in much better condition -- paint was reasonably fresh and clean, etc.
    They've also opened many more sections of the Great Wall around Beijing (compared to 1998).
    They're talking about restoring more areas of the Summer Palace which were damaged about a century ago during the Opium Wars and/or by Japan.

    Prices have gone up dramatically, and Chinese citizens no longer get a (large) discount... China obviously recognizes the economic value of the tourist industry wrt historic locations.

    The museums in the Forbidden City were all open this time, although they are very small, with tiny artifacts poorly lit in plexiglass cases.
    FWIW, the Shanghai Museum is MUCH better (as is the National Gallery in Taiwan).

    I also went to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors in the last 10 years; that was impressive.

    However, I have also seen much of the rebuilding and false historical architecture as well.

    Barry
     
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  10. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Excellent set, nicely done. :2thumbs:
     
  11. heedpantsnow

    heedpantsnow Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 24, 2011
    Great job! Went horse packing in Songpan many years ago. Loved it!
     
  12. raschmidt

    raschmidt Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2014
    Chengdu, China
    Rob
    I would love to go again; most people recommend Jiuzhaigou but I have also heard its too crowded now. I would like to go to Qinghai or Xinjiang province and do the same thing......but right now it's a bit of a safety risk.
     
  13. heedpantsnow

    heedpantsnow Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jiuzhaigou was a tourist trap when I went about 8 years ago. Stay on the boardwalks, trash everywhere; it's more of a theme park than what we would consider a national park.
     
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  14. raschmidt

    raschmidt Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2014
    Chengdu, China
    Rob
    that sounds like Xiling Mountain that I went to. You took a boardwalk up the mountain that was lined with vendors selling food, but I only went about halfway up before I turned around because the scenery was all the same. Some of my friends went the whole way up but said it was boring at the top. At one point I went off the boardwalk to see if I could find other things to take a picture of, I got maybe 20 feet away over a big mound and behind it was basically a giant trash dump in the middle of the forest. With all the city workers the hire to keep the city clean, I think they could find someone to keep the parks clean too. It was really depressing to see, but I remember when I was a kid, if we needed to throw something away while on a car ride we would just toss it out the window.

    By the way, if you have pictures of Songpan I think it would be awesome to see. Especially if you have some of the town. About 80% of it looked brand new, i'm not sure if that is due to the earthquake or due to growth.
     
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