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Shanghai, Suzhou Creek, cloudy day

Published on April 15, 2015, by in Shanghai.

  view from the bridge, after a long Shanghai walk


Noodle shop in Tongli water town

Published on January 29, 2015, by in Ancient towns, China.

passing by


Tongli water town

Published on January 15, 2015, by in Ancient towns, China.

 One of many bridges in Tongli ancient water town, Jiangsu Province     I’ve taken advantage of the winter academic break to start exploring some of the ancient towns around Suzhou. One of these, Tongli, is about 45 minutes by bus to the southeast of the city, located in what is now a seemingly endless expanse of suburban development along China’s densely-populated east coast. The day trip offered a tranquil opportunity on a warm, sunny day in January to escape somewhere different. To be absolutely honest, my main reason for making this the first of many “water towns” to explore was to visit the Museum of Ancient Chinese Sex Culture. It was on all the tourist maps, yet after an hour of wandering around trying to find it, it wasn’t there. My discrete inquiries to local businesspeople resulted in nothing but mei you – it isn’t there. Only after returning home did I learn that, after its initial founding in Shanghai, the museum had moved to Tongli for 10 years, and only last year had been relocated to Hainan, off of China’s southeast coast. Pity. It would have been my first sex museum.      ancient lane – undisturbed quiet   What I liked about Tongli was that its ancient core hadn’t been completely tarted up for tourism or Disneyfied, as so many other Chinese ancient towns have. It is still a lived-in town, and if you want to escape the tourist crowds, a simple detour into a side street



Shantang Street in Suzhou

A warm Sunday afternoon in January, on an ancient canal in Suzhou


random images – November

Published on November 26, 2014, by in Shanghai, Suzhou.

Steamed shrimp dumplings, Shanghai       Roasted meat sandwiches, Shanghai       Boating on the canal, Suzhou       Lanterns, Suzhou