Manhattan Monday 20 – Celebrity?

I couldn’t resist trying to photograph this scrum of reporters and cameras (and handlers?) around…whoever this is. If anyone knows, please tell me in the comments below.

New York City - Who is this man and why were they interviewing him, on 53rd Street, between 9th and 8th Avenues, on June 10, 2015?

Who is this man and why were they interviewing him, on 53rd Street, between 9th and 8th Avenues, on June 10, 2015?

I took this photo for my second oldest grand daughter Annabelle – but she is too young to be reading WordPress.

New York City - Annabel is on 9th between 53rd and 54th.

New York City – Annabel is on 9th between 53rd and 54th.

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The Tourists of Guilin

Ride the stone elephant near Elephant Trunk Hill.

Ride the stone elephant near Elephant Trunk Hill.

Would you be hanging about this park with all its tourists if you lived here?  Though it was beautiful, clean, well maintained and cooler than the centre of a city, you’d probably wait until after the crowds had subsided.

I cringe when I look at this photo, as I was doing when trying not to think of this toddler crashing off the statue.

I cringe when I look at this photo, and I was cringing as I took the photo hoping not to see the toddler crashing off the statue.

This toddler is also having fun, but safely.

This toddler is also having fun, but safely.

It was quite hot, so lots of folks were wading in the river.

The family that wades together, gets sick together?

The family that wades together, gets sick together?

A close up of the previous group.  I had visions of them all falling down together.

A close up of the previous group. I had visions of them all falling down together.

They were renting costumes (I did’t notice any for boys). We had seen this before in Beijing in the Forbidden City.

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And finally today, another interesting English translation of a sign. Actually the graphic says it all without the need for either language.

Please notice the punctuation. Two commas, an exclamation mark and a period. I didn't realize they used punctuation in China!

Please notice the punctuation. Two commas, an exclamation mark and a period. I didn’t realize they used punctuation in China!

If I seem a bit jaded today it’s because it’s beautiful outside but I’ve been on my computer all day doing various tasks for the organizations I’m involved with, and adding blog posts for future use.

Next post: Night time in Guilin.

Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill.

Elephant Trunk Hill.

After two nights in Yangshuo we bussed back to Guilin for a relaxing walk around the waterfront park with its elephant trunk hill. Guilin – probably because it has an airport – is the home base for touring the Li River, though Yangshuo is where my tour was centred.

Around the corner from the  elephant trunk.

Around the corner from the elephant trunk.

An overview of the area around the park and hill.

An overview of the area around the park and hill.

Graceful arched bridge.

Graceful arched bridge.

Fellow travellers waving from the bridge.

Fellow travellers waving from the bridge.

Next Post: More from the waterfront park in Guilin – street photography.

People Rule!

As part of a tour of China, where the People’s Republic has a hand in the itinerary, we tourists get taken to People’s monuments. In Chongqing we were dropped off in People’s Square just in front of the Hall of the People.

I believe you had to pay to get in. Not part of the tour....

I believe you had to pay to get in. Not part of the tour….

Across the Square is the Three Gorges Museum – visible behind the arch –  which was not part of our visit. But we wandered up and down the plaza…turned loose with very little explanation other than the time we were to return to the bus.

Wet, but the rain had stopped. An immense plaza .

Wet, but the rain had stopped. An immense plaza looking down from the Hall.

The plaza looking towards the Hall of the People.

The plaza looking back towards the Hall of the People.

And an even longer view of the plaza.

Mom, in her heels, can’t keep up!

The chap in the yellow shirt was our wonderful tour guide.

The chap with the yellow jacket around his waist was our wonderful tour guide.

No idea who this is or what it represents. No English translation.

No idea who this is or what it represents. No English translation.

Street Photography in Fengdu China – kids

The parents were teaching the boy to say a prayer.  He wasn't sure what he was being asked to do.

The parents were teaching the boy to say a prayer. He wasn’t sure what he was being asked to do.

She's done this before!

She’s done this before!

Did you know that when you look at the pictures you've taken in the back screen it's called 'chimping?'

Did you know that when you look at the pictures you’ve taken in the back screen it’s called ‘chimping?’

I love this photo even better than the one I was trying to get of them posing all over the statue before an official chased them off

I love this photo even better than the one I was trying to get of them posing all over the statue before an official chased them off.

The sweet young thing was waiting for the boys to get off so a parent could get a photo.  Perhaps it was the parent who chased the boys away?

The sweet young thing was waiting for the boys to get off so a parent could get a photo. Perhaps it was the parent who chased the boys away?

Next post: one last comment on Fengdu.

When Pigs Fly – Street Photography in Shanghai

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly   (Taken from the bus…)

Taken earlier in the day outside the Shanghai Museum while waiting for our bus.

Stricken with Pixie dust?

Stricken with Pixie dust?

I have no recollection of what part of Shanghai these next pictures are from. It was very crowded and full of interesting small stores with fairly pushy vendors.  I do know I bought two delightful pictures of very young children feeding each other with chopsticks.  The pictures are now framed and in my dining room.

We were turned loose in a crowd.

We were turned loose in a crowd.

Lovebirds' selfie.

Lovebirds’ selfie.   And Starbucks.

Where are we?

Where are we?

At some point we went to a more modern shopping area in Shanghai, the Nanjing Road, which was closed to motor vehicles (welcome relief from Chinese traffic.)   There were small trolleys, each with about three cars, which shuttled people back and forth along Nanjing Road for a small fee. We were near a huge glass-fronted Apple store when we watched a fight break out between a woman who fell (or was pushed) off a trolley, and the driver.  The woman threw the first punch and was joined by two of her female friends; the poor guy was taking quite a beating – and he didn’t fight back.  A security person called the police.  We left when they showed up. It took a lot of will power not to snap pictures. And so I have none of Nanjing Road…

 

These last three photos were taken from the bus as it returned from supper to our hotel.  The building below looks like something from the Arts and Crafts movement in England at the end of the 19th century but the window is dated 1998.

The window is dated 1998.  A beautiful facade to a well proportioned building.

 A beautiful facade to a well proportioned building.

The streets are ready for October 1, and the celebrations for the founding of the PRC.

The streets are ready for October 1, and the celebrations for the founding of the PRC.

Inside and outside on a busy Shanghai street.

Inside and outside on a busy Shanghai street.

Next post: Goodbye Shanghai:  more views of the Huangpu river (and smog)

I am wandering off to San Francisco to visit the grand-triplets (yup, three of them) but have some posts ready to go.  If I can publish them from my iPad, there will still be posts every couple of days.  If not, see you in early March.