Chongqing Children

At the zoo.  Today in micro-fashion (to borrow a phrase from HoNY.)

At the zoo. Today in micro-fashion (to borrow a phrase from HoNY.)

Taking a break.

Taking a break.

Off the main street in a food area.

Off the main street in a food area.

Interacting with Dad.

Interacting with Dad.

Kiss?

Kiss?

Chongqing Street Photography

At least one pig isn't flying.

At least one pig isn’t flying.

All flying!

All flying! But no pigs.

Giant pinwheels.

Giant pinwheels.

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.

Waiting for ....

Waiting for ….

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.

A style of her own!

A style of her own!

At  least the garbage was in the bin!

At least the garbage was in the bin!

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Still Shopping in Chongqing

This was a the end of the week long celebrations of the founding of the People's Republic.  The crowds were huge.

This was at the end of the week-long celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic. The crowds were huge.

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.

More crowds, more smog.

More crowds, more smog.

At one point we went inside a shopping complex to look for toilets.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres on the street.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres in the neighbourhood.

Another view from inside the same building.

Another view from inside the same building.

And part way through our stay we partook of another American brand – which is not mentioned in its English version in these photos!

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds.  And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds. And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

Next Chinese post: More Chongqing street photography.

Conspicuous Consumption Chongqing

Ah, Mont Blanc. I still dream of owning one some day.

Ah, Mont Blanc. I still dream of owning one of you some day.

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.

The faded look to the buildings is because of - your guessed it - smog.

The faded look to the buildings is because of – you guessed it – smog.

I don't suppose Samsung is considered a glamourous item these days.

I don’t suppose Samsung is considered a luxury
item these days.

Classical columns and giant ads front one shopping arcade.

Classical columns and giant ads front one shopping arcade.

Another interesting side note on consumption was that we were given two opportunities for buying knock-offs, another product for which China is known.

I liked the graphics on this window.  We were inside this shopping centre because someone in our group had discovered that the washrooms were really nice!

I liked the graphics on this window. We were inside this shopping centre because someone in our group had discovered that the washrooms were really nice!

Warning: selfie below…

I have never understood the fascination with high end purses...

I have never understood the fascination with high end purses…

Next Chinese post: more from Chongqing’s high-end shopping district.

Chopsticks and Hot Pot

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.

We couldn't get far enough away from the building to see what the overall concept was. So the sign was a great help.

We couldn’t get far enough away from the building to see what the overall concept was. So the sign was a great help.

Beautiful building.

Beautiful 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.

The black ends.

The black ends.

The red ends. The end of each chopstick looked like a chop.

The red ends. The end of each chopstick looked like a chop.

In the comments, can anyone tell me what the black and red Chinese characters say?

Next Chinese Posts: Conspicuous consumption in Chongqing.

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.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh Boy!

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.

HIPPOPOTAMUS

 

Hippopotami are shiny when wet!

Hippopotami are shiny when wet!

Still raining....

Still raining….

RHINOCEROS

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.

Rhinoceros

They can weigh a much as a tonne!

Feeding time at the zoo.

Feeding time at the zoo; rhinos are herbivores.

And ANOTHER Rhino...

There are three types of two-horned Rhinos and I can’t figure out which one these are (and I didn’t take notes.)

 ZEBRA

 

Giving the cold shoulder.

Giving the cold shoulder (or hip) to the camera.

ELEPHANTS

Hide your eyes, children.  I actually got even more graphic shots, but decided not to post them.

An unexpected encounter with a breeding pair.

An unexpected encounter with a breeding pair.

And, he followed her around for several minutes.

And, he followed her around for several minutes.

I didn't notice anyone else watching this performance!

I didn’t notice anyone else watching this performance!

GIRAFFE

There was also a giraffe house, but I didn’t see any giraffes inside. Only this lonely looking youngster.

 

The Chonqing zoo is surrounded by the city.  The giraffe looks very much out of place.

The Chonqing zoo is surrounded by the city. The giraffe looks very much out of place.

Next Post: More from Chongqing.