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- realm of the Dragon -
 
 

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The Great wall
- the synonym of China -
- here at one of the most jagged mountain sides at the Huangyaguan Pass -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)



China - -
Impossible for me to describe - - -
It is so big, beautiful, old, fantastic, unbelievable, awesome, inspiring, stunning, -  and - - - - ????
It would take an endless succession of adjectives to describe,- and even then I think that I cannot make it right  - - -

After all,- China was once the most advanced nation on Earth - - -
You must go there yourself,- and FEEL it - - - - -
 
 



Chinese roofs
- typical chinese -
- from the Ching Hui Yuan garden in Shende -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)




In the section on Korea,- I wrote that Korea was the most beautiful country in the world!

I know, that a lot of people would dispute that and say, that other places like for example China, are just as beautiful.
Yes,- I know very well that you can find scenery in China, - and other places -,that can easily match the best of what Korea has to offer.

However,- if you fell down from the sky, and landed at some random place anywhere in Korea, then it is very likely that you would find yourself in a very beautiful place - - -
If not,- it will only take a very short bus drive, and you will for sure ,- and in a remarkable short time -,  find scenery of unsurpassed beauty!

In China it is not quite that easy.
Due to the immense size of the country, the distances are very, very far, and if you want to see the scenic places, you must be prepared for some really long rides.
Not so in Korea!
Everything there is very concentrated,- and that is why I still insist that Korea really is the most beautiful country in the world!

At this point I must admit, that I have not traveled nearly as intensive in China as I have in Korea, although I have spent many, many months of my life in China.
China is simply too big, but I have the strongest intentions to do something about it, and explore that great country a lot more, especially when it comes to scenery.

However,- I have had the good fortune to be in China during the Cultural Revolution in the beginning of the seventies.
Very few Westerners had the chance to experience that, because in those days China was a totally closed country!
But for sailors from selected nations, it was possible to go there and catch a glimpse of a truly unique place,- and indeed-, a very confused and turbulent situation.

Therefore I have decided to make a section dealing with that special period of time, and in addition I will also submit some of my impressions from what China is like today.

Please enjoy some of my impressions from China!
 
 



The Chuan Shan Gong Pagoda near Guilin
- another very Chinese thing, - built at an impossible place -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

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- and now -
 

- - The China Menu - -
 
 


Market Display in Tianjin
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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The Cultural Revolution:
Pictures and memories - -
 
 
 
 

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Cultural/Historical Stuff:
 

"The Great Wall"
 
 


The great Wall
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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A Very Old Temple:
 
 

Dule Si , - a Tang Dynasty Wonder.
 
 
 


Dule Si
- a Tang Dynasty Temple -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 

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Chinese Garden Art
 
 

Chinese Classical Gardens    - INTRO and MENU -
 
 


 
 
 

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China's water towns
 
 
 


Water Town Wuzhen
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 

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Other things Chinese
 
 

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Chang Zhou Island ("Danes Island")

(In search of the Lost Graves.)
 
 


Danes Island
- the Parsee tombs -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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A TANG Dynasty bridge

(Still there after all those years)
 
 


A Tang Dynasty bridge that seems to have no end -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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The TAO FAMILY ANCESTRAL HOME
 
 
 

(A magnificent Qing Dynasty house.)
 


The Tao Family Ancestral House in Village Shen Chun
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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The Dong People
 

The "Wind And Rain" Bridge

More pictures from Dong Villages
 
 


Dong Village
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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Scenic China:
 

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Ping-an

A Zhuang village and its rice terraces at "The Dragon's Backbone".
 
 


The rice terraces at Ping An -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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Li River
 

- a stunning river/mountain scenery.
 


Li River
- a stunning river/mountain scenery -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 

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