Pictures from around Shanghai

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Old meets new – Taken at the Jingan temple “Temple of Peace and Tranquility” this afternoon.
Wiki: “The first temple was built in 247 AD, at the time of the Kingdom of Wu, during the Three Kingdoms period. Originally located beside Suzhou Creek, it was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt once in the Qing Dynasty. Its most recent renovation was in late 2008.”

Some help please? I’m not particularly proud of this picture, the woman clearly had trouble getting her goods up the bridge. Instead of helping a hand, I decided to take a picture instead. I found out later that a guy was pushing the goods from the back as well. Must be quite hard work to scrape goods around the city…

Firm stands – Chinese police blocking the road at Shaanxi Nan Lu during the opening parade of the Shanghai tourist festival. The streets were so full of people that there was actually nothing interesting to see, except for these cops.

It’s good to take pictures!

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So, it takes about 20 years for me to forget a sight, as it seems. Displayed below is a old and a new holiday picture, taken in the south of France. The first picture is around 1990, second one almost 20 years later. The chap in blue is me, the handsome girl in the right is my sister Mirrin.

What is particularly interesting is that none of my family members were sure that we have seen the castle before. We all knew about a previous holiday seeing a similar castle, but it didn’t quite look like this. Coming back home, I was sure that I have seen this castle before, but couldn’t prove it. For some reason, I found it necessary to go through my pictures -what are weekend for anyway- and look for it. It turned out that we did see the castle before, but that it just looks a lot better then it did 20 years ago. The trees have grown taller, the roof was repaired and the walls have been painted, but the location is exactly the same, astounding how the memory can boggle us some times, it’s good to take pictures!

5:45 AM, sunrise in Gyeonju

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The thermometer slowly declined down to zero degrees over the last week. We headed up to the roof to see the sunset in the clean frosty sky, I realized that this was not the first time we were going up for a view.

5:45 AM, sunrise in Gyeonju. We woke up early to see the sunrise in Gyonju, the South East of Korea. We drove our car up the mountain by dawn, feeling chased by time. Fortunately, we got there in time! The sunrise was amazing, never seen something like it!

Buddha Bumped into this fellow when I was hiking somewhere in the west. I wonder how long this statue has been here.

[Pictures] Han river in Seoul

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Some pictures I took of the Han river during the last months here in Seoul. The total length of the Han River is 514 km. Although it is not a long river, the lower Han is remarkably broad for such a relatively short river. Within Seoul city limits, the river is more than 1 km wide. We visited the second skyscraper on the left of this picture and decided to cross the river with the bridge.

This picture is taken from the Namsan Tower in the center of Seoul.

 

[Pictures] View over Busan city from hotel

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We decided to head out to Korea’s second largest city — the harbor city Busan. Very moist and clear upon arrival, but dark and foggy when we woke up. I was curious about Busan because I like cities next to the sea, we spend some time on the beach, had an interesting night.

Do you see those grey shafts with the blue P on it? That are parking spaces… A big elevator for cars. No driving, very efficient.The Busan harbor is ranked internationally as the third largest seaport in terms of cargo volume, it reminded me of Rotterdam.