Hello, all! I am back from an adventurous long weekend in the Middle Kingdom. I am still piecing together exactly what I saw, but I’m certainly glad that I was able to spend a few days with Luisa in her place of temporary residence. She lives in Chongqing, an enormous and rapidly expanding metropolis in central China. It is a very diverse city under perpetual construction. I aim to have an extensive review of my time up by next weekend, but I would like to share some of the photos I took while I was there. Most of my exploring (and thus most of my photography) was around the campus of Sichuan International Studies University. The campus is on a beautiful tropical mountainside, complete with ongoing construction, dilapidated railroad tracks, and friendly stray dogs.
But most of all, there are stairs. lots and lots of stairs.
We got off campus a few times, and I did a little bit of my own exploring. Here are a few shots of the areas just down the mountain from SISU and Shapingba, the commercial district a few kilometers away.
On my last full day, I spent some time hiking up into the mountains behind the university. Again, stairs. Lots and lots of stairs.
Before exploring, though, I clambered up to the roof to snap some great shots of the city. Look closely, and you can see how many of the buildings are abandoned or are still under construction. It appears that this city is still early in its design.
And for an all-around panorama, click to zoom in.