This photo was taken in Yangshuo where Colonel Sanders is dwarfed by the karst mountains. In the centre foreground, a neatly dressed lady is meandering along on her bicycle with a sturdily attached umbrella.
On the whole, vehicles of all types including those with motors and human powered ones appear to share the road and show tolerance towards each other.
Chinese music was the only type allowable, and propaganda announcements in trains were strident and intrusive. Neon lights were also rare, and Europeans were such a novelty that crowds gathered around to stare. To some extent, that still happens, but not so much in the major cities, although my husband was stopped frequently, even in Shanghai, for people to ask if they could have their photo taken with him - perhaps a taste of what it's like to be a celebrity! Amusingly, on the subway, people - young, older, men or women - would attempt to surreptitiously take his photo on the latest generation phone, which I found highly entertaining. I figured if ever I 'lost' him I'd just look for turning heads and whispered comments and follow the stares - I'd be sure to find him!
Why? Beards are hard for Asian men to grow, and my husband has a full beard, gone grey over the years which is seen by some to be a sure sign of wisdom.
|A number of familiar western products are in the picture above. Others might have a familiar shape and colour, but be a uniquely local brand.|
Of course back in the 70's and early 80's when China began opening up for tourism again after many years closed off, there was no advertising for Western products - in fact there was little obvious advertising at all, few neon lights in Beijing, and not overwhelming in Shanghai - the pace of change is something that really intrigues me. The things which were shunned so vehemently and seen as a corrupting influence have been embraced in the cities, and are commonplace and desirable.
Some logos are so well known, no words are needed at all.
Even if they're down a tiny alley, they'll be popular.I think this is my favourite shot. The young lady, beautifully made up, wearing ultra short skirt and vicious stilettos, is checking via mobile phone where to meet her friend before she heads into KFC - the ultimate in fine dining?
Neon lights encourage shoppers till late in the evening.
Change ... How do you view it? A blessing, a curse, somewhere in between, or something entirely different?