Views from the old city wall in fabulous old Pingyao.

Views from the Ancient City Walls of Pingyao, China

Fresh from the archives!!! Decided to delve back into the past and my many thousands of images to compile this collection of images taken from the city walls in gorgeous old Pingyao. I absolutely love these views of the ancient city as they provide a whole new aspect of this popular tourist draw-card, giving us…

Looking across to the Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan Park

Beautiful Beijing – Views from Jingshan Park

While a winters day in Beijing can be kind of grim at times, there are occasions mid afternoon when the sky is blue, air is chilly and the light turns simply sublime – bathing stunning sites such as the ancient Forbidden City in gorgeous tones of rose gold. These images are the result of one…

Putuoshan Rock Frescoes, China

As one of China’s holy Buddhist mountains, Putuo is scattered with temples and makes a great place to spend a day or two particularly if you are looking to escape from nearby Shanghai. One thing that really captured my attention were these amazing rock frescoes which seemed to just have so much life – there…

The beautiful and atmospheric Hualin temple is tucked away behind the Jade Market in Guangzhou's Liwan District,

Hualin Temple, Guangzhou, China

Finding that atmosphere of authenticity in China’s temples is becoming more and more difficult as the years go by, especially in the larger centres more often frequented by tourists. The 500 Arhat Hall in Hualin Temple tucked away behind the Jade market in Guangzhou’s old Liwan district has that atmosphere and is totally unassuming.  Originally…

Turfan Animal Market, Xinjiang, China

Turpan Animal Market, Xinjiang, China

  Xinjiang is brilliant, the people, the food, the scenery – it is a totally awesome destination! I have always loved markets as I find them photographically fascinating and the Turpan animal market was no exception.   It was totally off the tourist trail which made it even more alluring as it really did give a…

Hong Kong Architecture

Buildings are not just buildings in Hong Kong – they are vessels of reflections and abstract lines that constantly transform in the ever-changing light and shadow.  This I totally find endlessly fascinating. There is no better way to spend a day than to wander the streets checking out the surrounds with camera in hand trying…

Beautiful details of classic Qing dynasty architecture in Yangmei, near Nanning, China.

Ancient Yangmei

  This is a collection of images from the sleepy living relic of times gone by – Yangmei.  A place where art students and discerning tourists come, hoping to catch a glimpse into a bygone era where the treasures are being preserved in an olde world atmosphere.   Surrounded by river on 3 sides this seemingly…

Detian Falls

Detian Falls, China

  Stunning Detian Falls straddle the China, Vietnam border shining with brilliant, jewel-like colour.   Consisting of several tiers of water that gush over its edges, the falls stretch more than 200 metres and are surrounded by beautiful limestone karsts.  Water flow varies throughout the year, however regardless of the season I am sure they maintain…

Fuchuan Wind & Rain Bridges, Guangxi, China

  Sometimes you find the most wonderful things wandering! That was definitely the case with these bridges, which we just came across on the side of a quiet rural road in Fuchuan County, Guangxi Province. I love these wind and rain bridges, and it seems the more disheveled the better.   I am a little…

Basha Village, Guizhou, China

Basha Village, Guizhou, China

The small village of Basha, tucked away in the mountains of south-east Guizhou, is a fantastic place to get a taste of ethnic Miao culture. With the main street through town straddling a mountain ridge the village flows down either side.  Many women continue to wear traditional clothing, with males carrying on the ancient practice…

Glimpse into the temples of Wutaishan

Wonders of Wutaishan

  As one of China’s 4 sacred Buddhist peaks, Wutaishan is actually a collection of five peaks or plateaus that is home to in excess of 50 temples and monasteries. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, Wutaishan is a great place to explore for a couple of days. One of the things that…

On the streets of Yan'an, China.

Images from the Streets of Yan’an, China

Yan’an in China’s north-west was a fantastic place for street photography.  This bizarre outpost was the Communist revolutionary capital with Mao Zedong basing his operations here for many years after the Long March which ended nearby. Spending time here often felt like I had stepped into a totally different world – one that was very…

Jiuzhaigou National Park

Spectacular Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou is spectacular Chinese alpine scenery, a world heritage site and world biosphere protected area in mountainous northern Sichuan, peppered with brilliantly coloured lakes and waterfalls ensconced amongst dense forest. I was totally blown away by this place when I first visited in 1997.   It was early October and the magnificence of fall was in…

Tibetan Festival in Langmusi

Langmusi Nomad Festival

The last gallery I posted contained a series of black and white images from the main very muddy street of Langmusi, China, taken back in 2001. This inspired me to seek out some colour photos of Langmusi from my massive collection of film archives – this is what i found!   Taken on the 1st June…

In the village of Langmusi, China in 2001.

On the Street of Langmusi, China

Another set of images dragged out of the archive. Langmusi was a simply fascinating destination to photograph.  With a predominantly Tibetan population nestled in a fabulous location on the grasslands of the Tibetan plateau almost ringed by dramatic mountains. From the first time I visited here in 1997 it has had a special place in…

fengjie - a town set for destruction

Fengjie – Before destruction in 2002

  An ancient town with a history of some 2000 years sitting at the entrance of the stunning Qutang Gorge on the northern banks of the Yangzte River, China, Fengjie was one of the first to be destroyed to make way for the Three Gorges Dam project.   This series of images was taken in…

Traditional Lion Dance

Traditional Lion Dance in Guangzhou

I love all the excitement that comes with a lion dance.   Hearing that familiar pounding drum and the clashing of the cymbals is enough to get the adrenaline flowing. In Guangzhou recently I was lucky enough to come across a lion dance out the front of a temple and even luckier to get a front…