PINGYAO, CHINA: “WALLED IN”


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Yamen Hostel, Pingyao. 30 rmb/ nt. around 5 usd.

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Yamen Hostel courtyard

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One of a million archaic archways leading to homes and courtyards…

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Sakura Cafe. The place to hang when you’re in Pingyao.

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Sakura Cafe Apple Pie

The Apple Pie at Sakura Cafe. It’s a whole pie. Naturally, I expected just a piece. I was even getting impatient, asking them how long it takes to get a piece of pie out here. Then, this came. I was like, a whole pie? How much? It was what it said in the menu…24rmb…in general, the Chinese eat big portions of everything. In KFC or McDonald’s, couples will get two sandwiches, chicken on the side, and ice cream for dessert….I love to watch the Chinese eat unabashedly. Whereas, in Vietnam, they sit in KFC for hours to see and be seen with a small fries and small Pepsi…not the Chinese!!!

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Men on Bike Carts in a Narrow Alleyway

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Bike Cart

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Looks like a house built into the wall

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The best-preserved ancient walled city in China – Pingyao.

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Pingyao residents

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Through another winding gateway

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Ancient walls built in 1370

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Its residences and shops, and even the government office are all STILL in the style of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties

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The most sedate cats and dogs in the world. Maybe they’re opium-heads? I dunno. It’s a bit disconcerting. I watched an owner play ‘chase’ with her dog today and the dog didn’t make a sound…just ran all around the room…I kept watching and thinking ‘Bark, dammit! Bark!’

April 2009. Pingyao, China.

LAHORE , PAKISTAN 🇵🇰 : TO AND FRO

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Young boys work along men performing road reparation on a hot Saturday afternoon.

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A jeweler

You catch ’em, they POSE . Pakistanis quickly becoming my favorite subjects…

Halwa Puri breakfast from my favorite local restaurant: ZEST

July2018. Lahore , Pakistan 🇵🇰