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Ok so it's time to get some pix of SE Asia up on the wall. I took thousands but will try to show you the essence of the trip...I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them....

 

In Shanghai, a huge and beautiful temple. We spent a couple of hours poking around... IMG_4031-L.jpg

 

Outside the temple, people light incense bundles, preparing to pray:

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As you can imagine, it was quite serene inside the temple. I could feel my blood pressure going down.

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Beautiful pray tapestries. These are about ten feet long...

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Beautiful lanterns guide the way:

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Prayers and candles:

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Do you know who this is?

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Unfortunately, the weather in Shanghai was pretty poor while we were there....42f and rainy/foggy. When you combine the weather with Shanghai's epic air pollution, this is what you get. Believe it or not nearly all of Shanghai's skyline is less than 20 years old!

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More in a bit!

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Everybody needs a partner in crime. Cindy is mine; adventurous, opinionated, strong, and beautiful... IMG_4078-L.jpg

 

This is Nanging Road, an ultra fancy 2km stroll of boutiques, eateries, and very expensive department stores. Once you walk under the road here and come out on the other side you have a couple of miles to walk with no cars or scooters trying to kill you!

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Fortunately, there are other opportunities to escape the crowds... IMG_4106-L.jpg

 

 

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Do you know who this is?

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Mao Tse Tung

 

Beautiful pics,....keep them coming.

 

Nope...that's what I thought too...it's a statue of the first mayor of Beijing. Mao actually died some years later. I should have posed Cindy in the pic to give it some scale. It is quite large!

 

More pix coming...

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Keep them coming...great pictures.

She looks attractive, how about some pics of her without your ugly mug in the way LOL

 

Yeah, leave it to me to ruin a picture....more coming soon...

 

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Originally, a private residence in Shanghai.

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Check out the silk spinning machine. Look carefully you can see each individual thread, and the cocoons down at the bottom of the frame. One silkworm can yield a kilometer long silk thread.

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Here is the thread being stretched:

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And stretched....

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I got to lend a hand...

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Here is an exterior shot of a suburban Shanghai Middle School. I tried to meet the principal, but I was told she could not meet me without the presence of a party official. Since I didn't have an official letter of introduction, no joy.

 

The morning wasn't a total waste, however. Minutes after taking this image, I dropped my Canon D60, breaking my 10-22 MM lens.... :dopeslap:

 

Shanghai Po-Po....

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These little trolleys cruise along Nanging Rd.

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Dry hung poultry in the butcher's store. Yummy!

 

Street treats at 50 cents a pop. You select the skewer and they boil it in front of you. Delicious and hot!

 

Nanging is a great place for walking....

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One of Shanghai's finest, on the force for seven years.

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The ubiquitous McD's. All over Shanghai, even more so than Starbuck's.

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We figured out the train system. Took a taxi to the nearest train station and used the light rail to cruise around Shanghai. Lots of fun, especially if you like getting shoved around by little old Chinese ladies. Sheesh.

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More pix from SE asia. Enjoy!

 

There are very few places that are not crowded...

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The dirt and air pollution is off the charts...

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The airport at Shanghai is first rate. Next stop, Hong Kong!

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Continuing the journey, we hopped back on Cathay Pacific and headed to Hong Kong for a few days. Hong Kong is Manhatten on crack. Crazy busy, it is a playground for some of the richest people in SE Asia...

 

Here is great advice:

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Typical traffic...

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In Kowloon Bay, a huge floating restaurant...

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Home and business:

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Walking around Hong Kong even though the weather was very poor, still opportunities for pics!

 

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Not the place to come if you hate crowds...

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A tight fit for the GSA, but at least you can find a place to eat!

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These are 2.2lb gold ingots laid into the floor of Jackie Chan's hotel in Macau. There are 70 of them....

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The morning wasn't a total waste, however. Minutes after taking this image, I dropped my Canon D60, breaking my 10-22 MM lens.... :dopeslap:

 

 

My condolences. Umm I'm guessing you didn't have the lens hood on at the time.

 

I'll bet there is a canon repair facility around there somewhere, and being a traveler they might give you preferential treatment.

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The morning wasn't a total waste, however. Minutes after taking this image, I dropped my Canon D60, breaking my 10-22 MM lens.... :dopeslap:

 

 

My condolences. Umm I'm guessing you didn't have the lens hood on at the time.

 

I'll bet there is a canon repair facility around there somewhere, and being a traveler they might give you preferential treatment.

 

Yep, did have a lens hood on the camera. The entire barrel was loose, but I found if I held in in firmly, thecamera would auto focus. Still using the lens made me nervous, so I started taking more shots with my point and shoot, or my Tamron 18-270 lens.

 

I ran it over to a canon repair shop in Shanghai-they still needed 10 days.

 

Cheers,

Steve

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Everything in Bangkok was lit up in honor of the king's birthday.

 

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A favorite restaurant in Hong Kong, we ate there twice:

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Swenson's in Bangkok is a popular hangout...

 

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Food stalls by the hundreds, here is a fruit stand with the dreaded durian fruit in the back. When cut open it smells like rotting meat, but allegedly tastes much better. I tried a piece but was underwhelmed...

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Massage places all over:

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Boats traverse the river, taking tourists and commuters to the palaces on the other side.

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Cindy, near the temple.

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While searching for a rest room, I came across this sign on the door. "This must be the place," I thought.

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The morning wasn't a total waste, however. Minutes after taking this image, I dropped my Canon D60, breaking my 10-22 MM lens.... :dopeslap:

 

 

My condolences. Umm I'm guessing you didn't have the lens hood on at the time.

 

I'll bet there is a canon repair facility around there somewhere, and being a traveler they might give you preferential treatment.

 

I sure gave it a try....minimum time to wait was 10 days. Ouch...fortunately I had a Tamron 28-300 with me. Plus, if I held the lens barrel tight against the camera body I could get the 10-22 to work.

 

Update: The lens is at the Canon facility in Irvine CA. Getting it fixed right now!

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