After ‘Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story’ was published, I began work collating travel stories and interesting events from particular places into a series of books that will be part travelogue but which will expand on my life’s experiences in China – something that I could not do in the first book because it would have been too big.
In Book One of these travel adventures, I talk about various places that I first visited during 2003 and 2004 while working in Honghu City in Hubei Province. All stories about those places – irrespective of when I went there – are collated.
This page today contains a variety of photographs I took during a trip to Tianjin or more specifically to Tanggu in Tianjin in 2004. The original text and photographic article was published in my column at Magic City Morning Star in 2004 and later transferred to the old Kingscalendar website where it was titled Daily Life in China Part 18 Tianjin.
Other published pages of photographs relating to Book One include:
First Stop Wuhan City (Click the photo to go to one photographic story about Wuhan)
The top frames in the photo below were taken from the Qinchuan Holiday Inn in Hanyang and the photo on the right indicates where the Hanjiang river runs into the Yangtze river. In the first photograph above we were looking out the back of the hotel. In the photos below we have turned left to look to the side of the hotel. The red bridge takes us over to the Hankou District and the entertainment area mentioned in the photo above is located about the middle of the left side of the left frame below.
I had been invited to travel with QC to Tianjin and additionally I had a pen friend who lived there. This was not exactly a sight seeing tour. Wikipedia doesn’t offer much information about Tanggu except to say that it is now part of the Binhai New Area on the Hai River where it enters the Bohai Sea, and that Tianjin is about 30 miles (48 km) upriver.
Hai River Area Tanggu
Like most Chinese cities there are many parks and gardens designed to give residents a sense of peace and serenity and one thing that becomes obvious in China is the Chinese love of statues and ornamental objects.
Top frames below merely indicate the Chinese love of modern architecture and strange public ornaments.
Visible from my hotel window
Parks and Gardens and Walking streets
The dangers of being a tourist – or – watch where you are going
Having met up with my pen friend we went ‘somewhere’ and there was this big open paved garden type area and there were platforms going nowhere which you ascended by climbing stairs. Through the middle of the paved courtyard-garden ran a little pond. I was fully aware of its existence but so focused was I on taking a good photo that I was walking while looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I fell straight into the pond.
Some left over photos
The cupping treatment is described at Wikipedia and it is noted that there is no evidence that this treatment is useful. And yet even foreigners swear by it. Not me though – I won’t have it. Nor will I have the Guasha treatment, but I do swear by Chinese massage.
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R.P. BenDedek was born in 1953 and grew up in Brisbane Australia. From 2003 to 2017 he has been teaching in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was the temporary editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and currently has a column at iPatriot.com. He is the author of a chronological history of ancient Israel titled 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and author of 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.
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