Japan, We are back!.

We have been waiting for this trip for quite sometimes now. In fact, since leaving Japan the last time. What a beautiful, photogenic, culturally rich and friendly country. We didn’t have time to plan the trip as thoroughly as last year so part of the schedule is kind of made up on the spot and not as tightly packed as before. That’s the spirit of this trip.

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Shanghai Night Skyline

Shanghai Night Skyline

This kind of shot architect/rendering company like to use as a CGI rendering to show the dual effects between the close up of the building and the skyline of the city. Supposedly showing how tenant can enjoy stunning view of the city from their own living room while the architect try to create the connection of his/her work to the urban context while still can show the hint of detail.

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If there is any city you should visit while in China, Suzhou is probably one of those ranked at the very top. It is famous for silk, canals and gardens. Yes, garden which the design principle greatly influence the Japanese which later has developed into Zen Garden.

 

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A walk around Shanghai Dongtai road antique market and Wanshang Huaniao Market.

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Having been to 200 over cities around the world, lived in 6 cities over 3 continents. I would say Bangkok is still ranking quite high up on the list of my favourite place. It has a special charm to it not because it is well developed but on the contrary, because it is gritty, edgy and a confuse city. One minute you are on a roof top bar and thinking the city is very modern and advance. The next, on your way back walking pass street vendors selling papaya salad from his modified bike with sidecar next to the gutter.

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Chiangmai

North of Thailand is always a really nice place in my opinion, cool weather, relax and polite people and great landscape. It is a perfect place for photography and photographer who is looking for a relax holiday. To add to the richness, the city has a lot of temples and ruins juxtaposing to the modern development indicating what was once a capital of Lanna Kingdom.  The south, in contrary, is more about islands, beaches and diving – less culture more nature, depending on your lifestyle but it certainly is for me.  I used to come here very often as a child for Songkran festival (Thai New Year) and still remember how much more cultural it was, than celebrating it in Bangkok.

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Huangshan or Yellow Mountain is in Anhui province, China. In terms of height is not the tallest mountain in China, but it has a high cultural significant to the ancient Chinese art and literature.  When seeing this mountain in the fog, you can understand how it inspired and change the style of Chinese painting.

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Photos from our trip to Hangzhou, West lake (西湖) and Longjing tea village. It was really foggy while we went but it gave that glowy morning misty look to the photos. Hangzhou was way too developed on most part but there are reminiscences of what Marco Polo called The City of Heaven. West lake is a beautiful place but when it is crowded with tourists, you no longer see its beauty. On the second day, we decided to go to Longjing Village which was the best decision as the landscape was stunning. next to the village, there is a path called 9 Creeks and 18 Gullies (九溪十八涧) which is an ancient stone paved road meandering through the forest and tea crops occasionally crosses with the stream that snake its way along the valley. This place is probably one of the nicest place we have been in China and remind me a lot of country side in the UK.

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The third leg of our trip took us to a small village of Shirakawa-Go. Here, the city noises fade away replace by sounds of nature. There are odd tour groups and day trip visitors coming into the village but after the last bus leaves at around 5-6 pm, the village is back to the normal tranquil state again. The village is famous for its gassho roof farmhouse. The word Gassho is translated as palm together signify the shape of the steep roof that helps to prevent snow build up as it tends to snow heavily in this valley.

 

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