Ba Gui Agricultural Research Garden, Nanning, China

Ba Gui Agricultural Research Garden, Nanning

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 193rd (!) straight, provides a brief throwback to a late 2010 visit to the Ba Gui Agricultural Research Garden in Nanning, China, quite likely one of the biggest cities you’ve never heard of*. The city of 6.6 million is the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang …

Early morning wedding photos at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium during the 2008 Olympic Games

Early Morning Wedding Photos, Beijing

Today’s Daily Pic is of a wedding scene I caught early on a Sunday morning while on my way to the Bird’s Nest during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Although it was all precisely choreographed by the wedding planner to the left, a good time was had by all. 17-Aug-2008

Nanning, China at night

Nanning Nightscape (Pic du Jour)

One of the biggest cities you’ve never heard of.

Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai

Big – Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower

I just finished lamenting how un-big the backpack I’ll be living out of for the next 14 to 16 months is going to be, so it’s nice to have this antidote, courtesy of this week’s Wordress Photo Challenge. This is the 88-story tall Jin Mao Tower, one of three skyscrapers …

freshly-boiled dog at a market in Nanning

A Dog at the Market

You can now cross Boiled Dog in a Nanning Market off your list of things to see before you die. I’ve posted this pic a couple times before but it’s the first one to come to mind when Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack asked visitors to share some market pics …


Five Long Exposures Inside Shanghai’s Bund Tourist Tunnel

And a hideously tacky Tourist Tunnel it is. But it makes for some great photo opportunities during the course of its five-minute journey. Everything about the tunnel, which connects The Bund and Puxi to the Pudong Financial District beneath the Huangpu River, is so comically over the top and kitschy …


First Photos of China’s 298-Million-Year-Old Buried Forest

Utterly fascinating. Some of the fossils almost look alive. Gizmodo: First Photos of China’s 298-Million-Year-Old Buried Forest. Related articles 298-Million-Year-Old Forest Discovered Under Chinese Coal Mine (


A few China news links…

Even folks in China get tired of buying all the things they make. This was taken in Shanghai last May during one of two trips I made to China last year and I remain utterly fascinated. Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao met today in Washington which will keep …


Piran Café in 2010

That’s a boiled dog prepped and ready for sale in a small market in Nanning, China. Apparently, it offended western sensibilities enough to make a related post the most visited on this blog in 2010. Team WordPress sent out a Your 2010 year in blogging report on New Year’s Day, …


The Slipper Has Disinfected – Personal Encounters with Chinglish in 2010

I made two visits to China this year, enough to see that Chinglish is still quite alive and well, despite an official war in both Beijing and Shanghai on the mangled translations in public areas. I don’t expect perfection. There are plenty of awkward examples of English here in Slovenia. …