This week in Tianjin (photos)

Photos from this week. You can click some to see them bigger.

These guys are often gliding up and down the canal that runs by our apartment and the school:


Public dancing in parks is really popular, especially with the middle-aged and older crowd. These people can really dance, too:

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It was polluted beyond belief this week. I took this photo on my way to school around 8am on a cloudless day:dscn8764pollution.JPG

Soon-to-be-married couples often get stylish photos taken all over town, especially in the former foreign concession areas. There were a lot of couples out the day I took this; one intersection had four different couples and camera crews. The writing is some sidewalk poetry in a former British park:

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A chess game gets intense at a popular playground:


Odd contrast: a hand-pulled coal cart parked by a… I don’t know what to call a store that sells clothing/accessories like this. Many people still heat their homes with this kind of coal, and many restaurants still cook on it. That combined with all the smoking apparently makes China’s indoor air pollution up to 10 times worse than outside:


Me and Liu Wei at a rather eccentric local museum. It doubles as a restaurant and its business card says “eatable museum.” A lot of the stuff on display was damaged during the Cultural Revolution, that means there are lots of headless statues and statue-less heads. The walls are covered in shattered pottery:


5 thoughts on “This week in Tianjin (photos)”

  1. i took some similar pics…
    why anyone would write lovely calligraphy in chalk on park ground stones is beyond my logic.
    i look forward to visit the china house…. it looks gaudi-esque. it’s a restaurant? that sounds pretty tacky.

  2. The chalk writing reminds me of this other common sidewalk calligraphy, where they use water on the pavement. I imagine that most of the writers are retired folks with time on their hands.

    The china house is definitely eccentric, and I suppose gaudy to a lot of foreigners, but that maybe what he’s going for anyway. I sort of got the feeling like it’s his way of dealing with the history.

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