Almost three weeks there, over 5600 km (and four full nights) on a train, countless hours on foot, often with backpacks. And we saw only a tiny piece of China and Hongkong.
Disclaimer: it looks modern and fairly well developed, and we were surprised by that to some extent. But keep in mind that we were focused almost exclusively on big cities this time.
Beijing, somewhere on Quianmen Str (which is just south of Tienanmen Square).
The Great Wall at Badalingu, approx. 80 km north of Beijing. It was Nov 8th and, as you can surely tell, quite cold. Fortunately, we had a decent, hiking shoes, so walking on the slippery stone of the wall wasn't that risky.
The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. We saw a very interesting, modern ballet there performed by young artists - „Chinese Dream". Well worth it.
Making a candy can also be a performance. Night market in a Muslim district, Xi'an.
This is not a fog, unfortunately, but air pollution. Shanghai.
Another city, another day, same pollution. Three weeks there, and (besides Hongkong) we saw clean, blue sky only once. Xi'an.
Delivery scooter? Shanghai.
The cat. I don't know why I like this photograph. Especially that I don't even like cats. Shanghai.
This particular client will never complain. Shanghai, the French Concession area.
Uber fast cab. Waibaidu bridge, Shanghai.
Selfie sticks are everywhere in China. Beijing.
Summer Palace in Beijing.
Notice the kid learning while his father (presumably) is at work. Luoyang.
Scene in Longmen Caves in Luoyang.
We've spent around one hour on a public bus, with this man sitting vis-à-vis us. He was staring at us all the time, to the point when it started being really uncomfortable. But later, when we left, and so did he, we engaged in a conversation. He didn't speak English, so we didn't understand much, but we learned that he's a former military man, a veteran. And that currently his hobby is caligraphy. Luoyang.
China is growing. We've seen countless cranes, construction sites, even sets of ten or fifteen apartment buildings, each exactly the same, being built. The sheer scale of all that makes me wonder, why haven't we met a lot more construction workers.
One of the last remaining night markets in a Beijing center. Most of them have been closed before the Olympics in 2008. It's a very touristy, and relatively pricey place, but on the other hand, we've tasted a seahorse and a spider here.
Waiter tries to convince this man to eat in his restaurant. Summer Palace, Suzhou Str, Beijing.
Just few meters away from the hostel we stayed in, on the Dashilan West Str. Beijing.
The Pudong district in Shanghai.
The Pudong district again, this time more liberal. Shanghai.
Pudong district, Shanghai.