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Old February 16th, 2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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SimFox' China

I'll be posting here some of my own shots of various locations in China.
Hope you'll enjoy them. If you have any questions/comments go ahead!

I'll start with Tianjin which is my sort of base in a country.


«Tianjin | Tianjin Centre (Raffles Tianjin)» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Nanjing Lu, Emperor Place & 5th Ave Apartments» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Nanjing Lu, Stock Exchange Plaza & Mall» на Яндекс.Фотках
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Old February 17th, 2011, 04:21 AM   #2
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Tianjin


«Tianjing | Little Mosque in a Big City» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Church View» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Old-ish & New» на Яндекс.Фотках
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Old February 17th, 2011, 06:02 AM   #3
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wow nice city.
more photos?
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Old February 17th, 2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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So far amazing photos; please post more
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Old February 17th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #5
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Tianjin


«Tianjin | 1902 street» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Nanjing Lu» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Concert Hall» на Яндекс.Фотках

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Old February 18th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #6
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ChongQing

may be it's time to jump... You know, to keep things interesting.

Chongqing is a biggest municipality on Earth, both in territory and population rivaling most European nations. And it is one of the most incredible cities of this world.


«chongqing | come all ye faithful» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Chongqing | Jialing River» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Chongqing | Jialing River side of Yuzhong» на Яндекс.Фотках


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Old February 18th, 2011, 03:01 PM   #7
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I'm surprised of how much has been changed in Chinese cities.

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Old February 18th, 2011, 04:26 PM   #8
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nice! this one is surely added to my subscription.
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Old February 18th, 2011, 05:00 PM   #9
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Tianjin and Chongqing are two cities in China I'd quite like to visit. Both are very vibrant cities with unique geographies.
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Very interesting photos, albeit very few. I'll be following this thread to see more.

Can we expect Shenzhen and Guangzhou in this thread?
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Old February 19th, 2011, 02:30 AM   #11
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Man, China is really AWESOME!!!!!
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Old February 19th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #12
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ChongQing

Few more shots of the Foggy City. This time a stress on it's fab monorail service:


«Zipping along the Jialing River | Chongqing monorail» на Яндекс.Фотках


«ChongQing monorail | train approaching station» на Яндекс.Фотках


«ChongQing | Nail House Neighborhood» на Яндекс.Фотках


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Tianjin and Chongqing are two cities in China I'd quite like to visit. Both are very vibrant cities with unique geographies.
Yep both are just about as vibrant as it gets growing at 16-16,5% per year(Tianjin) and 14% (Chongqing). But as far as georraphy (like in lanscape) goes these are in very unequal position. Chongqing has fantasitc one - great rivers high and steep hills and even mountains right in teh middle of the city. Plus these foogs and even rains make it look and feel very special, although wrecking total havoc with traffic in Yuzhou - ChongQing downtown located on a hilly peninsulla formed by cofluence of Yngtze and Jialing rivers.

Tianjing (the urban area proper), on the other hand, is located on a totally table flat and dull plane. It is near the sea, but traditionally Chinese shy away from it. It was historically seen only as a source of troubles in a form or Japanese and other pirates. To avoid all that mess, but still be able to transport vast quantities of goods, which before the invention of railroads was possible only by water, Chinese had built incredible chain of canals. World longest known as The Grand Canal stretching 1706 km from HangZhou in Yangtze delta all the way to Beijing in the north (and passing through Tianjin) is 1400 years old! And it is still busy!


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Here is couple shot of the this marvel of engineering near it's source in Hangzhou:


«Hangzhou | The Grand Canal» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Hangzhou | The Grand Canal» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Hangzhou | The Grand Canal» на Яндекс.Фотках

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Very interesting photos, albeit very few. I'll be following this thread to see more.

Can we expect Shenzhen and Guangzhou in this thread?
Well at some point, but not very soon. First of all my pictures of Guangzhou and much of Shenzhen had died in HDD crash in my MacBook Pro... I'll be visiting cities again though... Just can't say right now exactly when

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Old February 19th, 2011, 09:37 PM   #13
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But as far as georraphy (like in lanscape) goes these are in very unequal position. Chongqing has fantasitc one - great rivers high and steep hills and even mountains right in teh middle of the city. Plus these foogs and even rains make it look and feel very special, although wrecking total havoc with traffic in Yuzhou - ChongQing downtown located on a hilly peninsulla formed by cofluence of Yngtze and Jialing rivers.
Chongqing indeed has some great combination of geographical features that can make its skyline (as well as the whole downtown area) very special. The problem is that a large proportion of its high-rises are residential and they tend to lack proper maintenance (at least for the exterior). It surely has a large space for improvement(literally this is valid too lol).

very nice pics of the monorail. Chongqing metro is to open soon, so public transport is going to be more convenient. it has so many interesting transportation modes to cope with the mountainous area and the rivers, such as the funicular, the cable car and the elevator that charges ¥1 per head.
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Well at some point, but not very soon. First of all my pictures of Guangzhou and much of Shenzhen had died in HDD crash in my MacBook Pro... I'll be visiting cities again though... Just can't say right now exactly when
Oh well, thanks anyway. I am about to visit SZ and GZ in about two months time and thought I would be good to see some photo references of what I'm about to see. But this thread is extremely interesting even without these cities nonetheless.
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Old February 20th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #15
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Chongqing indeed has some great combination of geographical features that can make its skyline (as well as the whole downtown area) very special. The problem is that a large proportion of its high-rises are residential and they tend to lack proper maintenance (at least for the exterior). It surely has a large space for improvement(literally this is valid too lol).

very nice pics of the monorail. Chongqing metro is to open soon, so public transport is going to be more convenient. it has so many interesting transportation modes to cope with the mountainous area and the rivers, such as the funicular, the cable car and the elevator that charges ¥1 per head.
1RMB? Are you local/have CQ hukou?
I've been on one cable car in CQ - the one over the Yangtze going from Yuzhou to New Opera. but the fair is 5 rmb for non-locals. and even for locals if I remember correctly it was 3 rmb. They gonna take down that particular cable car, though. Here is a shot of it approaching bank opposite of Yuzhou:


«ChongQing | Cable Car over Jialing River» на Яндекс.Фотках

As for the "lacking maintenance residentials" I guess you mean something like these:


«ChongQing | Yuzhong, Yangtze side» на Яндекс.Фотках


«ChongQing | Yuzhong, Yangtze side» на Яндекс.Фотках


«ChongQing | Yuzhong, Yangtze side» на Яндекс.Фотках

Actually this is location of the Cable car over Ynagtse...

I think this is quite localized Yuzhong problem. I haven't seen so many so big buildings in such state outside of that area.

PS Sorry I've messed Yangtze and Jialing... mistake's corrected.

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Old February 20th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #16
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Keep on posting pictures, they are really great and fascinating. I visited Tianjin last October for just one day. But the mixture of classical European and modern Chinese architecture made it one of my best times (for taking nice pictures). I liked the atmosphere and locals were friendly and not in a big rush like in Beijing or Shanghai.
I was really impressed by new historical look alikes in Tianjin. In my home town Berlin there are several discussions to rebuilt in historical designs, but what I saw in Tianjin - incredible.

I wanna visit China this year again. And CQ is on my list. How many day should someone spend to get a first impression of this city? And do you think August - September is a good time to visit CQ?

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1RMB?
I was referring to the long escalator located at Kaixuan Rd, which charges 1 RMB per person now. It belongs to the public transportation system. it must be one of the few escalators in the world that ain't free to use.

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I've been on one cable car in CQ - the one over the Yangtze going from Yuzhou to New Opera. but the fair is 5 rmb for non-locals. and even for locals if I remember correctly it was 3 rmb. They gonna take down that particular cable car, though.
quite interesting they charge different fares for cable cars, and it seems to be an unwise alternative to a public transportation card. But they do have a PTC that can give you discount, so it might be better to charge 1.8 RMB if you use a PTC and 5RMB if you pay cash--and I think this is what they are doing for cable cars over Jialing River.

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and these residential buildings make that area look very dated. This is a general problem for many Chinese cities though. Good thing is that buildings built in the last few years have already been improved a lot compared to those in the late 90's and early 00's.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 01:19 PM   #18
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Tianjin, mostly

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...my home town Berlin
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I wanna visit China this year again. And CQ is on my list. How many day should someone spend to get a first impression of this city? And do you think August - September is a good time to visit CQ?
Depends on How heat resistant you are... I personally wouldn't really venture there then. CQ is know as one of "tree furnaces of China". The heat combined with high humidity is too muc even for most chinese, even locals. A friend of mine, (Tianjinian himself) who's wife is from CQ Told me that when he went there last august streets were empty people try to avoid leaving house, particularly during day when temperature soars to +37C. So people sit ho,me with ACs on and blinds down.
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I was referring to the long escalator located at Kaixuan Rd, which charges 1 RMB per person now. It belongs to the public transportation system. it must be one of the few escalators in the world that ain't free to use.

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quite interesting they charge different fares for cable cars, and it seems to be an unwise alternative to a public transportation card. But they do have a PTC that can give you discount, so it might be better to charge 1.8 RMB if you use a PTC and 5RMB if you pay cash--and I think this is what they are doing for cable cars over Jialing River.
well, this particular one is about to be closed for good. So, may be they've decided not to bother with it anymore.


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and these residential buildings make that area look very dated. This is a general problem for many Chinese cities though. Good thing is that buildings built in the last few years have already been improved a lot compared to those in the late 90's and early 00's.
this is, actually, very interesting topic! I would be very grateful for your insight. My interest was initially sparked when I first time came to Hong Kong. I was, to be honest, shocked by the state of huge areas of the city. Shocked comparing them (particularly, but not only, Kowloon) to what I've already knew in big cities on the east coast of mainland - Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou... I got an impression that state of both infrastructure and simply facades in Mainland was much better than that in Hong Kong. Sure, there are some run down building, but not to that degree, not in these numbers. And that include urban villages in Guangzhou which I was wondering through just before arriving to Hong Kong. It also appeared to be much dirtier too. It felt like in HK people often would build a building and forget about it.
For instance in Tianjin, which admittedly looked rather horrid some 7 years ago, massive program of renovation and restoration had been going on for last couple of years. Today practically all facades facing streets had been fixed or upgraded.


«Tianjin | Nankai» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Nankai» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Nankai» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | Nankai» на Яндекс.Фотках

even condemned buildings, like one here on the right:


«Tianjin | Nankai» на Яндекс.Фотках

Tianjin was also one of the first to start mass AC "decoration/hiding" program. And today almost all AC on the street facing facades had been "dealt" with. Dealt, to varying degree of success, though... Some very good:


«Tianjin | AC deco» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | AC deco» на Яндекс.Фотках


«Tianjin | AC deco» на Яндекс.Фотках

some "miss the point" a bit:


«Tianjin | AC deco» на Яндекс.Фотках

other missing it altogether:


«Tianjin | AC deco» на Яндекс.Фотках

but the drive was sweeping! Vast majority of buildings facing city streets affected! Of course some people will find a way to screw things up no matter what you do, like on this buildings in Hangzhou, including government office (family planning unit):


«Hangzhou | AC deco» на Яндекс.Фотках

I mean how difficult is to hang AC behind he decorative grill? In China sometimes I get completely stunt by the way some things done. There appear to be no logic at all! Notice also how the grills on the office just happens to be on the opposite side of the holes for the AC cables!


But still. There is clear concern about how city looks. Yet mere 7 years ago it didn't seem to bother people.

And that on top of the fact that most of it's 30 or so old buildings are brick, rather than concrete ones. So they don't crumble that bad, that fast...

Same could be said about other major city. At least those I'm familiar with... Am I biased? Or miss something?

The only place that did remind me of HK was CQ. And even here it is different. Most places in the similar state of disrepair like you would see in Hong Kong are those that are either already abandoned, or in the process of being so. And that is a noticeable "problem in the very tip of Yuzhong. There are numerous 20-30 stories hight building (often office one) that tare abounded. with broken windows etc. And that had been in this state at least for 2 years now. Like this one, I see from the window of my hotel:


«Chonqing | Yuzhong» на Яндекс.Фотках

the building right at the left edge of the shot - it's empty and had been so two years ago! Some windows are broken and so on... And there are few buildings like that in that neighborhood.
Although, call me crazy, I sort of think this , in a bizarre way adds to the "charm" the the city... In many places Shanghai, Beijing become so manicured, that the start to look too sterile. More like labs rather then living breathing cities.

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Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:19 AM   #19
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hangzhou is really classic!!!!
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wow.... mega cities.
it's astonishingly incredible that china has grown this fast.
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