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.

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.