Striking & cosmopolitan Barcelona, Spain’s stylish & energetic second city, home to some of the world’s most bizarre architecture.
“The Buddha in grotto 13 is suffering from various levels of decay, as is the colourful plaster on the backing of his cave, most of which is gone – a little to the original is visible in the top right of this image. During carving, the large right arm of the Buddha needed support hence the need to carve a smaller Buddha.”
“Rather surprisingly, I had received a lot of negative Terracotta Army feedback from fellow travellers prior to arriving in the city. The words ‘disappointment’ & ‘overrated’ were bandied about quite a bit, as were the words ‘boring’ & ‘avoid’. I’m glad I didn’t avoid them as I found the Terracotta Army anything but boring. In fact, I found them fascinating.”
“I spent a bit of time at the summit attempting to appreciate the views, if not adequately photograph them, and cursing all those high heel-wearing day trippers I saw getting off the cable car. Oh China.”
“He sits with his hands on his knees looming over ships that pass beneath and when seen from the water is really an impressive sight.”
“Finally, after almost 3 weeks in China, I had found somewhere quiet and laid-back, and I took advantage of it.”
The classic Chinese image of tall karst peaks rising from the still, green waters of the Li River in southern China.
“The last piece of Asian land to be under foreign rule… fast developing into one of Asia’s biggest gambling meccas, with casinos popping up seemingly overnight, one of which I was prevented from entering due to my inappropriate footwear.”
“I’ve wanted to visit China for some time, lured by its history, its iconic sights and its reputation as a difficult, closed location for foreigners. I’ve yet to see outside the capital, but that’ll be changing soon.”
“…built to protect the northern borders of China, mainly from the Northern Moguls, but as barriers go it was quite poor and could easily be penetrated at weaker sections.”