Tag Archives: Shanxi

the Yellow River hop

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I finally crossed the Yellow River and made it into the province of Shaanxi 陕西 today. Yay!! The last steps through public traffic before the river were hasty and confused though: But then I got to the bridge: What a sublime feeling to be crossing these massive waters… The Yellow River 黄河. Slowly winding its […]


funny faces

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I ran out of clean socks today. (Yes, even though I might look a bit weird by now, but I still change my socks everyday.) Anyways, this was also a nice excuse to hang around in my hotel room, kick back and do nothing except ordering food. I would pick up the phone and call […]


visiting the fat lady

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You see the blue stream on the map? That’s the famous Yellow River. I am so close to it, but alas! I can’t see it just yet, because it has pulled back too far into its bed: The road I was walking on today looked the same for hours and hours: No people, no cars […]


love locks

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This is my friend Chang Haiqiang 常海强: Awesome guy; fixed me up with a nice place to stay and fed me home-cooked chicken wings for breakfast. The dude has done just about everything everywhere, from motorbike maintenance in the South to running a restaurant in the capital. He knows everyone in the little settlement that’s […]


afraid of heights

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There is an aeroplane on a square in a public park in Yongji: Obviously, this is a nice place to play with friends when you’re about 10 years old: I’m 26, so I didn’t play. Instead I was going to climb yet another pagoda, one that seemed to be leaning slightly to the right: The […]


spring again

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There’s a photographer (I forget his name) who has published a book about things people sit on in China. I think that is an interesting subject indeed, and I am a bit jealous that I didn’t think of it first: There’s not necessarily a deeper meaning to this – most chairs are still just chairs […]


sneakers

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Someone had left his sneakers outside, on a wall next to the road: My boots didn’t care much though. They just carried my aching body away: The mountains to the left, the flat land to the right, stomping the concrete highway, so we walked, my boots and I: Some kids were shooting pool, and I […]


like to want to try to do sth.

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Oh, so good to be on the road again! Or so I thought… It seemed like the Chairman himself was going to hail me off when I was about to leave the city: Everything was quiet, almost all shops and restaurants remaining closed during the holiday season: I seemed to find a kid around every […]


tattoo with blade

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It’s really about time I get going again – add some mileage to the track. The thing is: I’m not supposed to stay in a single place too long, otherwise I’m afraid I won’t make it home before I’m thirty. Yuncheng was good though, lots of friendly people; but in the end, I didn’t succeed […]


cakes, carousels, and captive canines

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We went out to the park to have some fun: Okay, I gotta admit it – I didn’t take any of the rides, I had enough fun just taking pictures. For example, I snapped a shot of these little dudes riding the plastic bubble: little dude (singing): “Foreigner, I hate you, I hate you!” me […]


c.r.e.a.m.

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I needed money. Somehow none of the local ATM’s seemed to be willing to accept my cards, and I suddenly found myself like a hobo with only 50rmb in my pocket. I needed money, and I needed it badly. We looked about everywhere: I shot this couple on the street while I was trying to […]


transformers

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Most doors remain closed these days, no matter what: Lots of people are trying to make a few bucks out on the street though: Well, the thing is: I don’t need any helium balloons right now. I want new walking sticks. And a thicker therma-rest. A new tripod would be good as well. But up […]


games (or: the boring German)

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The first sunrise and sunset in the Year of the Rat, and here are all the things that I didn’t do that day. Play hours and hours of majiang 麻将: I have to admit an embarrassing truth: even though I’ve spent more than two years in this country, but still I have never really learned […]


my firecrackers

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I got out of bed and spent some money on personal armament: 10.000 – this was the biggest size we could find. Then we rode back in a cab that had Guan Yu on the dashboard: My friend’s mom was making dumplings: The stuffing and eating of dumplings is a major part of the New […]


salt lake city

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We went back to Guan Di Temple 关帝庙 the next day, and this time, we made it there right before they were going to close up: During the Spring Festival, people like to get off work early in the afternoon – if they’re working at all. There were some decorations for the occasion: Besides that, […]


the late bird

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I found myself in a car today, looking at downtown traffic rushing around me: My friends were going to take me to a massive temple commemorating Guan Yu. But when we arrived in the afternoon, we were looking at closed doors: Damn, thought I, this is all my fault. I should have gotten out of […]


misconceptions in foreign media

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The news in Europe and the States seem to make it look like China is basically buried under thick and heavy snow everywhere. Well that’s not entirely true, as you can see on the pictures I’ve been taking. But I’ll get to that again later. There is a set of ancient twin pagodas here in […]


tea

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What a mess: I laid all my stuff out to dry in my hotel room: – tent – sleeping bags – shoes – gaiters – inlays – clothes Then I sat down and waited: So much better with a cup of good tea.


pressing

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You’ve probably guessed it: Last night was pretty cold. Getting into those frozen shoes, then packing up the tent and walking through the crackling snow… really not that nice. Anyways I warmed up a bit after a distance, and at some point got to a small settlement next to the highway: The kid in the […]


a boy’s night out

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There’s a park up here: They told me there was no road down the south flank of the mountain. Who cares if they don’t have roads like THIS over there? thought I, expecting today’s distance really just to be a walk in the park. When I got about halfway up, things changed though: Deep snow, […]