都江堰 四川 Dujiangyan, Sichuan, 2010-02-08
Tuesday started a period of about 3 weeks in which I have absolutely no commitments, professional or otherwise. Since the sun showed a slight promise of emerging briefly from the gray clouds, I headed out with my camera for an afternoon of shooting.
After stopping at 7-11 (yes, they’re now in China) for a tuna sandwich for lunch, I wandered around town, stopping at one of the few remaining intact ancient neighborhoods (above) for some great slice-of-life photo ops. Eventually, through no intention of my own, I ended up at Wenshu Monastery, all the way across town from Sichuan University. I took the subway and a bus back home.
In a 2009 photo, a shopkeeper in the 水井坊 Shuijingfang area of Chengdu closes her eyes, maybe remembering other times. The shop, along with about 90% of the ancient neighborhood, is now gone.