This site has been running and taking on a few different forms since 2013.
Thank you for taking the time to come visit.
Walking While Eating Noodles
An Hour before the Workday
Mops dried after hanging overnight. The cart parked in front of the shuttered shop. China in the morning.
Spotted in Yichang.Standing in a crosswalk, I spotted this grandma wearing slippers on her hands.
Discovering the Other Self
Afternoon in the Park
I never get used to seeing three, four, or sometimes five people on a motor bike. Helmets haven't really caught on yet here. They look careful though.
It is the ones who are smoking, not wearing a helmet and talking on their cell phones who are the ones to worry about.
Fruit Seller by the Park
As you leave Yichang, you must past through many long tunnels to reach the nearby small towns and villages.
I got fire from a painting job once and so I can appreciate this scene. Temporary walls are often put up to create a safety barrier between the public and the construction project. I have seen these barriers go up even before the buildings slotted for demolition are even vacated.
I think the paint job is beautiful although I am sure it was unintentional.
At one point I believed that I knew the best place in Yichang to eat a regional favorite, re gan mian 热干面。It's literal translation, hot dry noodles, tells you nothing about what it is. Re gan mian is wheat noodles with a sesame sauce mixed with chopped pickled vegetable for texture and garnished with either scallions or cilantro. What makes good re gan mian great is the creaminess of the sauce.
But what makes great re gan mian less than great is the sanitation of the hole in the wall "restaurant" it is made in.
Breakfast on the Go
In general Chinese people eat breakfast on the go. Steamed buns, soy milk, and noodles (part of the reason behind the title of this website) are all quick foods you can get for cheap in the morning. People eat oil spicy noodles on the bus. They shovel sesame paste noodles in their mouths as they walk to work. In this picture, a little girl eats wanton soup on the back of her father's motorbike.
The Qing Jiang River--Yidu, China
The milky grey environment along the river in central China creates an other worldly dreamscape. Always unsure whether I am experiencing pollution or cold winter mist, I try not to forget that the scenery is simply breath-taking (hopefully not of the lung cancer variety).
Tangerine orchard by the guan zhuang reservoir, Yichang--China.
At tomb sweeping day, the first day of the fifth solar month ( April 4th and 5th for 2015), this site will be tended to by the deceased's family. They will straighten and replace the flowers. They will clear the debris. Perhaps they will burn incense and light some fire crackers and burn some spirit money.
This is the AM view from my balcony. Air quality is an issue in China, without a doubt. But it is not true that the air is horrible everywhere all the time. Nestled among rolling hills, Yichang gets a fair amount of fog and clouds making it hard to tell what is natural and what is pollution. But especially in the fall, we have some bright and crisp days with perfectly blue skies. They are to be cherished.
A Couple Plus One
Hard to tell who is with who. But the two young men are accompanying a pretty young woman on a stroll around the Zhuang Guan reservoir (Yichang's water supply). She explores below the staircase alone as they patiently wait for her.
Outside of the train station--Wuhan
Washing clothes by the river
Forty minutes outside of town, I visited a village to join a New Year's party. Late in the afternoon as the sun rays began their long stretch across the achy as the sun began to sink, the light caught the water just right as two villagers washed clothes by the shore.
During the day, the parks are full of young children with their parents, but usually grandparents. Mostly, they enjoy that peaceful space that both the elderly and young children prefer. Here a father teaches his son how to wave a bubble wand.
On the south side of the river, Mount Moji stands as an iconic symbol of Yichang. Everyone has to cross the Yiling bridge and climb it at least once. It is not so spectacular from the peak but it is something everyone has to do.