Its been years since I last went to Guangzhou, and thats also a stop over. On my first trip i accompany my family back to our ancestor home in a remote village and Yun Fu. Years ago it took us 1 day journey over very rough road to Yun Fu but now it took me only 2 hours on a express bus using the highway. After my shoot in Guangzhou for a client i took a day off and make a trip back to Yun Fu to catch up with my cousins, nieces and nephews over a lunch get together.
The ancient Guge Kingdom
I framed this at a lower angle using the stones wall as a fore ground to hide the people and vehicles gathered in front the ruins of Tsaparang.
The ruins of Guge Kingdom, the Old Summer Palace of Tibet is located in the Ngari Region of Tibet. Established in about the 10th century it was ruled by about 16 kings with armies of tens of thousand of soldiers till the 17th century when it ended due to conflicts resulting from power disputes within the imperial family. This barren landscape seems just like it was hundreds of years ago except there is a new-tarred highway but don’t expect much as conditions is pretty basic in this remote area. And travelling in this high altitude will definitely take your breath away.
The River of Life and Death
In the late afternoon against the backdrop of the setting sun both locals and tourists were drawn toward the Ghats of Varanasi as if summoned by certain unseen force. Walking in brisk movements they filled the few roads leading into the main area where the ghats faced the Ganges River. All heavy transports were not allow into the streets nearby, while trishaws carrying tourists manage to squeeze into the back lanes and small alleys bringing tourists closer to the ghats. But we will still have to walk the last stretch of the road that’s packed with people and hawkers peddlering at the roadside.
I have been here a few times over the years with different luck over the weather. The afternoon we arrived in Kathmandu from Zhangmu it started to rain. Due to the weather condition i didn’t even go up to Swayambhunath. I was also tired from the high altitude of Everest after travelling there for 2 weeks. The following morning was still raining when we reached Boudhanath. Since the rain isn’t too heavy i went for a walk round the giant stupa, taking some random pictures with my Fuji X- Pro 1 as I walk slowly among the crowd of devotees. Despite the slight rain, there were still many people circling the stupa, stopping to pray and turning the prayer wheels along the way. om mani padme hum..