At the intersection of the two major streets making up this shopping precinct was a giant monument, which also shows up in the first photo in the previous post. It must have been a meeting place, because most people were scanning the swirling crowd.
I don’t recall seeing food vendors on the high-end pedestrian streets, but there must have been at least one just beyond where our bus was parked. The next two photos were taken from the bus window before we pulled away from Chongqing. The girl with the hat caught my eye and grinned.
Next China post – Chongqing children
Because there were so many people out and about in Chongqing, we were not taken to the touristy spot which was on our itinerary; I don’t even know what the spot was supposed to be! Our local guide had been told it was overly crowded. The guides’ solution was to drop us off in a shopping precinct. As someone who generally dislikes shopping, I did not warmly welcome this solution – but hey – it yielded great photo opportunities.
At one point we went inside a shopping complex to look for toilets.
And part way through our stay we partook of another American brand – which is not mentioned in its English version in these photos!
Next Chinese post: More Chongqing street photography.
The ads and the high-end stores would have you believe that much money is being spent in China on luxury goods. Our tour guides told us several times that Chinese people with money do like to show it off. We found that branded goods – at least the ones we looked at: Apple products, and cameras – were much more expensive in China.
Another interesting side note on consumption was that we were given two opportunities for buying knock-offs, another product for which China is known.
Warning: selfie below…
Next Chinese post: more from Chongqing’s high-end shopping district.
Chongqing Guotai (Cathay) Arts Center, located in Chongqing municipality, was designed to resemble chopsticks and a hotpot.
I saw this structure through the bus window after our visit to the Hall of the People. When I asked about it, the tour guide didn’t know what I was talking about. So, shortly after we were dropped off in an area of high-end stores, I circled around to get back to this building.
Regrettably, the plaza around the building was not finished and certainly does not look like the artists’ concept drawings in the first link at the top of this post.
In the comments, can anyone tell me what the black and red Chinese characters say?
Next Chinese Posts: Conspicuous consumption in Chongqing.
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.
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.
The title comes from a line in the Wizard of Oz, chanted by Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow.
But, I have led you astray. Today there are no lions, no tigers, and the only bears were Panda Bears, in the last post, which dear reader, are not bears at all.
There were big cats and bears elsewhere in the zoo, but these are the animals I saw.
Rhinoceros are killed by humans for their horns, which are bought and sold on the black market and which are used by some cultures for ornamental or traditional medicinal purposes.
Hide your eyes, children. I actually got even more graphic shots, but decided not to post them.
There was also a giraffe house, but I didn’t see any giraffes inside. Only this lonely looking youngster.
Next Post: More from Chongqing.
They call these pandas, but they are unrelated to the pandas we associate with China. What they have in common with giant pandas is their fondness for bamboo. Read a bit more here.
It was a steamy, drizzly day when we visited the Chongqing Zoo. There were hordes of people around as it was still the celebratory week following October 1, China’s anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Not that the people made it hard to get clear photos. My problem was that I only ever carried one lens on my camera when I got off the bus (the Pentax body is heavy enough) and once again, I chose the wrong lens. Wrong for shooting the Giant Pandas because I couldn’t zoom in on them. The photos have been cropped and brightened up considerably in Lightroom 5.
Pandas are an endangered species. Whatever you may think of the ethics of wild animals in captivity, and the success (or lack thereof) of in-zoo breeding programs, it is a sad fact that the species has lost much of its habitat in China and Myanmar to deforestation and development and its numbers are very low. The pandas in Chongqing seem well cared for, well fed and much appreciated.
Next post: Other animals at the Chongqing zoo.
After a four-night, three-day cruise up the Yangtze river, we docked at Chongqing, boarded a bus and were taken to see the city’s tourist attractions. All five photos in this post were shot through a bus window at one time or another during the day.
Chongqing (pronounced Chong/ching) (formerly Romanized as Chungking) is one of four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin) in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This means Chongqing doesn’t report to a province or other level of government, but straight to the centre.
The municipality is said to be the largest in China in both area and population. It reaches a width of 470 kilometres (290 mi) from east to west, and a length of 450 km (280 mi) from north to south. The central city’s population is about 30 million with the greater area exceeding 35 million.
This Guardian article is eight years old, and a little long, but looks at the effect of rapid urbanization in China on a cross section of Chinese people living in Chongqing.
During World War II and the Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945) Chongqing was the provisional capital of China and the headquarters of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (KMT) government. More than 50 embassies moved to Chongqing with him at that time. The building below probably predates even that period.
People work hard in China, and the picture below shows typical tree protection and planting work beside highways. In fact, trees that I would have considered as fully grown, still had their tripod supports.
Next post: Pandas!