SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL HALL. guangzhou

SUN YAT-SEN MEMORIAL HALL. guangzhou

For those of you who are not familiar with Sun Yat-Sen, he was the leader of China’s republican revolution. He did much to inspire and organize the movement that overthrew the Manchu dynasty in 1911—a family of rulers that reigned over China for nearly three hundred years. Through the Kuomintang Party, he paved the way for the eventual reunification of the country.

TONG SHA HU: PEOPLE. dongguan

TONG SHA HU: PEOPLE. dongguan

LONG-HORN MIAO

LONG-HORN MIAO

 I have had a long-time fascination with the Long-horn Miao, a Chinese minority that lives in southern China.

Long-horn Miao women wear such elaborate “hairstyles” for special ceremonies.  These hairstyles were once made of real hair, but now supplemented with yarn, and measures to be about 9 ft. long.

In addition to that, their traditional dress is beautiful; such vibrant colors & prints!

( photo credits: 1: ecotourchina.com, 2, 3, &5: Keren Su, 4: unknown )

DIM SUM. hong kong

DIM SUM. hong kong

All-you-can-eat Dim Sum in the land of dim sum…Hong Kong!

Our table at Le Meridien was full of delicious dishes, and a great view of the ocean…heaven.

TERRACOTTA WHO? xian

TERRACOTTA WHO? xian

The terracotta warriors. This masterpiece of historical China was awe-inspiring and overwhelming…and keep in mind these were only discovered in the 1970’s when some farmers were digging for a well!  Amazing.

The terracotta figures are life-sized. They vary in height, uniform, and hairstyle in accordance with rank. Most originally held real weapons such as spears, swords, or crossbows. Originally, the figures were also painted with bright pigments, variously coloured pink, red, green, blue, black, brown, white and lilac…to be honest, I prefer them faded.