Sunday, June 29, 2008

Home of Yu Qian

This is Home of Yu Qian, locating at Qinhe Fang, it was first built in the Ming Dynasty. You can get to the place by taking bus No.8, get off at the Gu Lou stop.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Movies in ancient China

Maybe it can't be accounted as a film projector, but a slide projector. People just sit on the chair and look in to the hole as you can see in the picture. And the guy in the photo, he is the projectionist as well as the narrator. I think it's a good idea to watch a "movie" like this, if you are sick of sitting in a cenema and staring at the big screem.

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Can you guess what are those scorpions used for? OK, please don't say it's disgusting, it is used to eat. Yes, first, they will be fried and then be eaten. It's really delicious, actually, crispy and contains proteins, so I think it's really nutritious. Do you wanna try it?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


It's summer here, so it's a season for some beverage companys to launch a new campaign of publicity for their new products. Here is the "Nestle" site to provide free ice tea for people. It should be the exicting moment for the children, but here in the photo, the father seems more curious than his child. Maybe this kid is murmuring , "Dad, are you still a kid, when can I get home?" Haha~just kidding~

PS: Can you see this guy holding a bottle of ice tea on the paperboard. He is Jacky Chen's son. He and his father are both representatives of this new kind of ice tea. So I guess "Nestle" has thrown a lot of money on its advirtisment.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

cute little "guys"

I don't know how to say it in English, maybe colourful clay figurine? Anyway, is it cute? I always admire those handcrafters. Their hands are so incredible that they can make anything they want. In this photo, there are Monkey King, 7 fairies, 12 zodiacal animals, etc. They are so animated and lively, actually, when I was young I used to use them to play puppet show.

Monday, June 23, 2008

open-air theatre

I don't know whether it can be accounted as an open-air theatre. Actually most of the performers are amateurs. They just spontaneously gather together every weekend near the West Lake, and sing or perform whatever they like. But most of them are singing some local operas, like Yue Opera, or Peking Opera. And the strange thing is that those performers dare to sing in front of so many people, but most of them are too shy to be taken photoes. That's why I can only shoot behind this woman's back.
Also as you can see in this photo, they have a "band", is it cool. Likely, most of instruments are Chinese tranditional instruments, such as erhu, but I can't name all of them. To my surprise, maybe you can't see in this photo, there are actually someone playing cello. Can I call it a combination of the west and the east.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A Typical Afternoon

This is a typical afternoon in Hangzhou, I took this photo because this old man had been watching me taking photos of the trees and flowers all along until he realized the ‘Object’ in the lens might be himself. That’s why you can’t see his smiling face. haha

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Photo taken at Louwailou, one of the most famous restaurant in Hangzhou. I dont know how to translate this dish, maybe 'crystal shrimp'.
I wish you a great weekend. ^^

Friday, June 20, 2008

Winding Path

Can you guess what is the building on the right side?
choices: A. School B.Private villa C .Resturant D.just for decoration

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


This is a Chinese resturant locating near the Grand Canal. The building shapes a big pavilion, but the inside has much more than that.
I love the sweet and sour fillet and the quick-fried shredded beef there, hmmm, yummy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Getting Ready To Be Laughed Off

I really have no idea what this guy is doing, but I appreaciate his courage to sing at the side of a road...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Water Melon

Ha, this is a cool day, but water melon is still the best-seller. 2 yuan/ kg, so nomally 20 yuan you can get a big one home.
hmmmm, can you guess who is the owner of these watermelons?
Dont make the same mistake as I did..

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ride, Not Drive

Happy father's day.

This is a public site for bicycle renting in Hangzhou. So the next time you come to Hangzhou and get tired with your car, don't forget to rent a bicycle at a place like this.
Do you have any plan with your dad this weekend?
My suggestion is to leave your car and rent two bicycles with your dad, have a nice trip.^^

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Blue Sky

It's a sunny day. the sky is blue, but not so blue as that in Australia, if you have been there, I'm sure you would agree with me, so blue that it can be developed into a business, to 'draw' words in the sky, most of them are love letters, so dont get scared when you see "I love you" up there. 100 dollars per letter..that's expensive.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Mirror For Spirits

ok, it seems we forgot Thursday's photo, haha, everybody is busy..

Look at this photo, it's a historical street under the protection of the local goverment, the photo was taken during the spring festival, these houses have been existed for more than half a century, but now they were teard down. (they may look a little ugly, but should have been preserved..)

take a close look I bet you are curious about the mirror hanging on the wall of each household, people say that in the ancient times, mirror can keep the ghosts away from your family.

pretty superstitious, but sometimes there are things modern science cannot explain.

It's another gloomy day here in Hangzhou, so here's hoping no matter where you are, keep a sunny feeling at least.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Where do I live?

This is a map of Hangzhou. It is carved on floor, so many people will step on it and find the places of where they live now. However because the map is about the Hangzhou in ancient time, so many roads on map can no longer be found , but some of them are still existing, like the road where my home locates.
PS: Hope the girl in the photo can find her home. :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ant Tree

I'm not so sure about the name, but since there're so many ants on it, I'll just name it "Ant tree".

Monday, June 9, 2008


Can you guess what's the man in the picture doing? Aha~ The answer is ---he is making sugar, or indeed, he is "drawing" sugar. Is it funny? Don't think it is easy, actually, it's difficult because he should finish his work in one stroke. And can you see the thing like compass in the photo, this is for customers to choose what he draws, like mouse, dragon, phoenix... Look how curious the children are. So am I.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Fans Shop

This is a fans shop located on Wushan Square. Since Song dynasty, China began to produce folding fans, most of which are made of paper sticking around, and seldom are silk. It's very convient to use those folding fans, moreover, they make women look more elegant and beautiful, especially matched with Chi-pao.
So, do you like it?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

XXX Bridge

Some say it's a showpiece, maybe, I heard that lots of drivers have problems crossing this bridge.Yes, indeed, it needs some courage to do it.
I know you are curious about the reason, haha, but since it's weekend, I assume you won't blame me if you can't sleep well tonight.
Hint: 1. It's the longest XXX bridge in the world, so far.
2.It doesn't locate inside Hangzhou, but the name has a lot to do with this city.
Have a nice weekend, my dear friends.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Funny Class

I've been using old photos for a while, and this should be the last.
This photo was taken when I was still a sophomore, and indeed, a really funny picture. Because what was shown on the big screen , which is the professor's, was supposed to be the same with those on students' computers. Take a close look, you'll find that's not the case at all...
but I'm really not in a position to say anything about these students, as you can see, I was not with the professor too...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Water Bus

This photo was taken back in this year's Lantern Festival, that's why you can see these red lanterns on the water bus, one of our transportation tools.
The lantern festival is one of those most important feasts in China, it is celebrated on the 15th day of the First Month of the Chinese Year, marks the end of the New Year's Holidays.

btw, I have to say your answer is not what I have expected.. how do you come up with 9?
0, 3,(),21, 36=0*1 + 1*3 +( ?)+ 3*7 + 4*9 , so it should be 2*5 , 10 is the right choice.
Never mind, I failed to figure it out in the due time as well^.^

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I know this is awkward, posting such a photo at a place boasts "Heaven on earth",but this is not the first time I see such 'indecent display'. maybe that's the aboriginal way for the 'immortals' to dry their clothes?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Hmmmm, it just occurred to me that we might have some really great viewers, so I gotta stop posting those spooky midnight photos.
Look at this photo in the DAYTIME, it's school leaving seasons again, these girls in baccalaureate gown are taking their photos (kinda far from where I stood, my feet told me they didn't want to move any far),but If you look close enough, you can see those lawn cleaners in straw hats, they are really dedicated to their job.
After four years in this college, most of the students will choose to go on for an MA degree in China or go abroad for further study, maybe you don't understand why, but consider the fierce competition here, you'll do the same.
But competition is not all that bad, some of us are really good at mathematics: 0 , 3 , (?) , 21, 36 if you can figure it out in one minute, you win.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Red tiger dolls

I shoot this photo on Wushan Square. Those tiger dolls remind me of my childhood. Besides tiger dolls, there are also tiger shoes, tiger hats, tiger pillows, etc. Is it adorable to put so many tiger dolls together? I like its Chinese red and those cute tiger faces.
PS: what's your toy when you were young?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Theme Day---Local Store

This is a phamacy located in Wushan Square in Hangzhou. It sells Tranditional Chinese Medicine (most of them are herbal medicine). The phamacy was established in 1649, enjoying great popularity among people in Hangzhou for its good credit and high quality. This phamacy still keeps the ancient Chinese architectual style, and is still popular.
PS: Every summer, my gramma will buy some herbal tea there for me to eliminate the buring hot in summer. So, besides using air conditionings, what's your way to stay cool in summer?