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Chine – Clichés de Hong-Kong

China – Clichés of Hong Kong

Hong Kong was the former jewel in the British crown and the gateway to the vast empire of China. Originally a simple fishing port on the eastern bank of the Pearl River, the city nicknamed the "Perfume Port" is today a city with a subtle blend of British and Chinese culture. S kyscrapers are everywhere, wherever you look. You have to look up to the sky to leave the metal forest and find a patch of bluish color. Only a few rays of sunlight reach the streets below from the canopy, bouncing off the endless glass surfaces. Only around noon does the sun directly reach the darkest parts of the city. In some streets, small shops are lined up next to each other in an infinite mosaic of colors and advertising signs. An anarchy interspersed with huge boulevards where the…

China – Shanghai between sky and sea in Pudong

Discovering the Pudong district in Shanghai. In the space of a few years, these swamps have become China's economic showcase. The difference between the modern skyscrapers of Pudong and the 1930s buildings of the Bund is striking. T he clouds slowly start to creep into the darkness in the distance, while the sun is also declining on the horizon. In front of us are mountains of steel and glass, reflecting the last rays of daylight. Here and there, a few lights come on, proof of the diligence of some people for their work. The famous television tower, the Pearl of the Orient, wakes up and turns red, making its round shapes more voluptuous. At the foot of the incredible tower, a strange sight resembling an advertisement for a new brand of car attracts the crowd. The Pudong district prepares for…

Chine - Le lac Shihu et la ville de Suzhou

China – Walk around Shihu Lake in Suzhou

The city of Suzhou is considered in China as the Venice of the East. Next to the city is the Shihu Lake, which has become a popular place for Chinese people in need of greenery. So much so that it is not uncommon to see future brides and grooms having their photo session on the banks of the lake. T he weather is heavy, almost suffocating. The humidity is omnipresent. The slightest movement requires extra effort due to the heat. Clothes stick, skin is clammy. The sun is nothing more than a yellowish, transparent, round ball. The pollution must have something to do with it. The clouds are beginning to conquer the sky. The fight between the sun and the clouds makes for a magnificent scene, for those who take the time to contemplate it. Storm, not storm? The sky…

Chine - Festival de Qingming à Suzhou

China – Qingming Festival in Suzhou

The Qingming Festival is an important festival in the Chinese calendar. Every year in early April, millions of people gather throughout China to pay tribute to the elders. S unday afternoon. A glance to the right, then to the left. Nothing can be done, the flow is incessant and all these people who make up this human river seem to go nowhere and everywhere at the same time. The gongs can be heard in the distance and the pleasant smell of incense begins to be perceptible, brought into the street by a small breeze. The small street opposite is quieter, but is inaccessible without passing through the crowded avenue. I try my luck anyway, and get carried away by the continuous flow. After five minutes, the pace seems to slow down as the crowd becomes more and more dense. We…

Chine - Suzhou SIP

China – A stroll through the Suzhou SIP

The SIP in Suzhou reflects the exuberant growth of China, a country considered to be one of the oldest civilizations still in existence. Six months to discover the Middle Kingdom, its multi-millennial culture and its people. I n the middle of a crossroads, nobody. In the distance, I see a person who doesn't seem to know where to go and an old lady who sweeps the huge avenue of the SIP with a broom made of dried grass and a vulgar piece of wood. Usually there are more employees, but the scorching heat of this Saturday afternoon probably got the better of the others. It is by looking at the hands of these workers that one understands their origins: they are mostly former peasants whose land has been despoiled by the government in order to build buildings, industries, highways and…

Vue sur Pudong à Shanghai

China – The Bund by night in Shanghai

The Bund is the old district of the foreign concessions of Shanghai created in the last century by Europeans and Americans. Opposite, the contrast is striking with the district of Pudong, the economic window of China. A light breeze cools the heavy atmosphere at the end of the day. The sun is about to set, after a day of hard work. With its departure, the show will soon begin. The crowd has gathered on the quayside. Many foreigners, but the vast majority are Chinese. The flashes of the tourists' small cameras start to crackle, to their great pleasure. Smiles, amused gestures and group photographs. It's as if the world has come together for a moment to forget all its problems and have fun together. The boats are decked out in lights and floating quietly on the Hangpu River 黄浦江, literally…

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