Looking through the windows of China

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A teenage girl peers from a guesthouse room at a village in Tiger Leaping Gorge. A stunning natural wonder tucked away in China’s Yunnan Province, the gorge is one of the world's deepest canyons. Here the Yangtze River is pushed to the narrowest point of its 4,000-mile long journey.

Two women, perhaps talking about the strange guy with the camera, on a bus in the far south of China (probably about 10 miles from the Lao border).

Looking through the windows of China

A restaurant in the beautiful old town of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Looking through the windows of China

While waiting for my soup in a restaurant in Shanghai, I looked out the window at this scene. The woman was waiting for a bus.

Looking through the windows of China

Kashgar was once an important stop on the Silk Road. Today it is perhaps best known for its market and as the home of the Uighurs, a Turkic people found throughout this westernmost portion of China.

Looking through the windows of China

Zongdian, in the northern reaches of Yunnan Province, is the only place in the world where I’ve been shot by a Buddhist at a monastery. (The Buddhist was a boy novice, nine years old or so, who had a pellet gun and didn’t seem to have much else to do but play with it. He shot me in the rear end.)

Looking through the windows of China

Looking through the windows of China

The Tibetan capital Lhasa is rapidly looking more Chinese than Tibetan. But the old quarter is still home to traditional architecture, as seen in the photos above and below.

Looking through the windows of China

The building known as Chungking Mansions, located on Hong Kong’s Nathan Road, suits those visitors who love low rent (and who aren't easily creeped out). I stayed at a hostel here and had seen few things like it.

Looking through the windows of China

Other windows in Hong Kong weren't as run down-looking. Indeed, somehow a few even looked rather attractive, in a modern billboard sort of way.

Looking through the windows of China

After that last picture, perhaps I should close this essay with a return to the great outdoors. Here is a portion of the Tibetan Plateau, seen through the windows of a Landcruiser parked about 20 miles north of Everest Base Camp. The day before, I had spent the night in view of Mt. Everest and was completely in awe of the mountain.

Looking through the windows of China

 

 

 

Joel Carillet, former Chief Editor of wanderingeducators.com, is a freelance writer and photographer based in Tennessee. His most recent project is 30 Reasons to Travel: Photographs and Reflections from Southeast Asia, due for release in June. To learn more about him, visit jcarillet.imagekind.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments (2)

  • Ed Forteau

    11 years 5 months ago

    You are an incredible story teller and photographer. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories on WE, and buying your new book.

     

    Ed Forteau Publisher, WanderingEducators.com

  • Doyle Chastain

    11 years 5 months ago

    Joel:

    This was absolutely exquisite.  A nice variety of shots tied together with both thematic (windows) and geographic bonds.  The windows set in the various architectural settings and the glimpses of life inside or beyond them really allow us to get a feel for the subjects from both inside and out...as well as the ubiquitous intrigue and mystery one finds any time the Orient and the Occident cross paths.  Impressive work.

    Regards,

    Doyle I  <~~~~~

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