China Trip – Day 4

Another day in Yan’an, visited the Hukou Waterfalls near Yan’an. Pretty amazing place, pity the lower part was closed.

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Since there’s not much to do in Yan’an at night, all the locals go to this massive park with lots of spring fountains and lakes. Very interesting.

– PX.

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78 thoughts on “China Trip – Day 4

  1. The photos by the lakeside are so warm and attractive. But there’s always a weird distance between photos and viewers like us when it is about China…It is never about the photographer but the photos… I find the moments in scenes very deep and affective while I find these catches so unreachable.

  2. Trip 5 is full of great photos! It is as if you had finally decided on your focus. The old man fishing with the little boy and the old lady sitting on the side of the street and the people fishing in the river, and also the guy in his improvised truck. I have an old post on China, and I regularly re-publish old posts that got forgotten, and I would like to borrow one of these, but would do it with credits and link to your blog.

  3. I am STUNNED by your photos! The balance of landscapes and people, the compusre is so natural yet estetic. Wow! Beautifly!!

  4. Great photos! I really love the horse and waterfall. Wow… you really have an eye for photography and capturing the essence.

  5. Awesome post! I envy your lens! I only have the usual slr lens…I gotta save for more lens.
    I was just in Great Wall in Beijing and unfortunately the weather was not that good to take
    great pictures 😦

  6. Great photos! I love the cascading water and the donkey pictures. Plus, it’s really neat how some photos of people look really “old world,” while others are ultra-contemporary. Cheers!

  7. wow. blue skies and waterfalls. I was in China for six weeks and only saw blue skies a couple days.. wish I had been where you were!

    • “Bloody Dictatorship????”

      Maybe you should learn more about the government of China and how it works and then discover what the standard definition of a dictatorship means.

      Is there a form of democracy in China?

      The answer is yes. At the rural level there are democratic elections held regularly in 600,000 villages across China, and more than six hundred million Chinese vote. Former President Carter’s Foundation was invited into China years ago to teach these six hundred million rural Chinese what voting in a democratic election means and the Carter Foundation monitors these rural elections to make sure they are honest. In addition, one doesn’t have to be a member of China’s Communist Party to run in one of these elections and win. In many cases, if a non Party member wins, he or she may be invited to join the Party.

      Some experts of China that pay attention ti what is really going on there call this democracy from the bottom up instead of starting at the top as the West keeps demanding China should do.

      Don’t you think the people of China should learn what being a citizen of a participatory democracy means first before making that leap?

      There may only be one political party in China but that Party has term limits for its politicians. After Mao died in 1976, there were dramatic changes to China’s Constitution.

      Today, the President of China may only serve two five-year terms and he or she must retire at age 67. There is even a clause in the Chinese Constitution that allows China’s national congress to get rid of a president that abuses his or her power (fire him or herβ€”not shoot them unless found guilty of a crime that leads to the death penalty).

      Yes, China is an autocratic government but it is a republican autocratic government. A government may be a republic and not be a democracy. The definition of a republic is not the same as it is for a democracy. The President of China is elected to office by China’s Congress that has several thousand representatives from all over China.

      The US was a Republic until the 1920’s when the Constitution was changed and the US became a democracy. In 1776, the Republic the Founding Fathers created only allowed about 10% of the population to vote for representatives of Congress. At the time, US Senators were not elected by the people but were appointed by each State.

      How is China different from how the United States elects its president? Did you know that in the United States, the president is not elected by the people but by about 530 hand-selected members of the Electoral College? The fact that the people are allowed to vote for a US president is only a courtesy—those votes do not count. If President Obama wins the election for his second term that will be because the majority of 530 Americans decided he deserved the second term not because he won the popular vote.

      For example: President G. W. Bush won his first election through the Electoral College while Gore won the popular vote by more than a million votes.

  8. Beautiful photos! I find the first one of the skyscrapers that can’t get quite as high as the surrounding mountains the juxtaposition of the modern age vs. the natural world.

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