oh Sichuan…

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I am still here, and now that my notebook is up and running again, I’ve prepared some DVDs with pictures I want to send home for storage. But… this whole postal thing is apparently not as simple as I had figured it would be. Not over here in the wild west it ain’t!

Forget it, there are other things on my mind.

I’ve been wanting to show you these pictures from Sichuan ever since, but up until now I’ve had no way to grab them from the server:

February 2007 – that’s when my friend Dario and me somehow joined a Chinese tour group for a trip to Jiuzhaigou 九寨沟, in the north of Sichuan:

Sichuan 2006 group photo

Now good old Dario doesn’t enjoy making exaggerative statements as much as I do, but I remember him looking at all that crystal-clear mountain water, saying that this was …among the most beautiful places he had ever seen:

Sichuan 2006 water

…please forgive my photography:

Sichuan 2006 water and tree

It hardly does this marvelous place any justice at all.

I don’t recall exactly where we went after Jiuzhaigou, but there were several places we visited with the tour group, all of them located in what is now called the disaster area:

Sichuan 2006 river

This particular town I remember was an old Qiang-minority 羌族 settlement:

Sichuan 2006 street scene

So many interesting old buildings, all of them made of stone:

Sichuan 2006 windows

Tourists were even invited to look around in the traditional Qiang-residencies:

Sichuan 2006 old man

And I somehow remember thinking: those Qiang-people are so good-looking!

Yes, they are:

Sichuan 2006 girl

Another place we went to was Dujiangyan 都江堰, the world’s oldest irrigation system of some sort:

Sichuan 2006 Dujiangyan

This is said to be one of the places that have suffered the most severe blows during the quake.

– look, this is not exactly what I had in mind when I said I wanted to show you pictures from Sichuan –

I realized it’s not about nature or buildings or the cultural relics – it’s not even that much about all the grown-up people.

Instead, it’s really about the little ones:

Sichuan 2006 child

the little girls:

Sichuan 2006 pointed finger

the little boys:

Sichuan 2006 cap

the chopsticks that sometimes seem too large:

Sichuan 2006 noodles

the parents who always seem to be in a hurry:

Sichuan 2006 ice cream

the boring cultural things they make you look at sometimes:

Sichuan 2006 cool dude

and the distinct and profound feeling one gets when one is little and riding on a parent’s back:

Sichuan 2006 safe

…the feeling of absolute security.

And protection from harm.

  • Hermann

    ja, ich erinnere mich: meine kinder hoch oben auf meiner schulter, die welt zu füssen und papa unterm arsch


  • Steven

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. !!!


  • sissi

    looking these beautiful photos of the earth-stricken areas of sichuan province,my eyes become moist again .since i were still in primary school,i have learned that the beauty of 九寨沟 and wolong preservation.i still remember,i hide it as one of my future dream that when i grow up i must go to this dreamland.while,may 12th,when i first heard this horrible disaster,my mind renders blank instantly.can not believe,do not want to believe~~~
    it is a great insperation to see that all chinese just unit together firmly and also,i want thank all of people who help chinese both in material or spiritual way.thank you a million for your kindness!


  • Christoph

    Hermann: Genau.
    Steven: …
    sissy: …


  • andy

    …wir alle WISSEN, was bei solchen Naturkatastrophen, Krankheiten, Unfällen, Mord usw. für Leid angerichtet wird, das solch niedliche Kinderaugen, die du eine Minute vorher noch (hoffentlich) wahrgenommen hast, nie wieder aufgehen und erstaunt leuchten, dich anstrahlen werden; solch fröhliches Kinderlachen, dass du vielleicht eine Stunde vorher noch (wehe nicht) mit ihm geteilt hast, nie wieder dein Herz zum Lachen bringen wird, dass solch kleine unbeholfen süße Kinderhände, deren zärtliches Streicheln, heftiges Zerren an dir, dass du zum Spielen kommst, du am Tag vorher (warst du wieder mal in Eile, zu ungeduldig, "beschäftigt"…) noch auf Deiner Haut gespürt hast, dich NIE WIEDER berühren werden!!!

    Tausende Menschen sterben…'Glücklichsein' stirbt…Zukunft stirbt…Leid wird geboren und Unglück…täglich
    …und wir alle wissen das!
    Doch immer wieder lassen solche Kinderaugen, die vicht mehr leben oder aber nur vielleicht uns anhalten in unsrer täglich wichtigen Hektik, unserem Alltags-Nicht-Fühlen, in unserer unaufmerksamen "Aufmerksamkeit & Organisiertheit".
    …und wir alle wissen das!
    Ich liebe meinen kleinen Sohn (2-3/4) und genieße jeden Tag seine Unbändigkeit, sein Verlangen nach mir, seine wichtigen Probleme, seine Liebe, die er mir täglich so oft zeigt, genieße es meine "freien" Tage mit ihm zu komplett vertoben, meine "wichtige" Zeit unwichtig zu machen, ihn lernen zu sehen, lachen zu hören, seine Tränen zu trösten und ihm so oft wie möglich IN die Augen zu schauen!

    "the parents who always pretend to be in a hurry!"

    Trifft auf unser ganzes Leben zu, auch ohne Kinder – man kann es nur so oft wie möglich bewußt vermeiden!

    2 Bilder von Johnny:


  • andy

    …die oberen DL-links hab'ich gelöscht (waren viel zu große Dateien)-> hier der Ersatz(je ca 100KB ;o):

    2 Bilder von Johnny:


  • Florian

    Na, das wurde aber auch Zeit, dass die Fotos endlich mal eine entsprechende "Künstlersignatur" erhalten. 🙂


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