I was in Yichang in Central China for Trinidad and Tobago's participation in the 9th China International Folk Arts Festival.
These images were captured within a kilometer radius of our hotel in downtown Yichang. What is most compelling for me here is the juxtaposition of the old and the new. Yichang is a modern, beautifully kept city of 4 million people. It's streets and pavements are wide, its buildings tower above, among its cars are some of the most luxurious on the market.
Equally strong is the essence of the traditional woven into its fabric.
These are my glimpses......
I love to walk early every morning to Yiling Square where I marvel at how many elderly people gather to exercise. There are at least four different groups practicing Tai Chi, some, like the women below engage in Tai Chi with swords. Each group has a small portable machine to play their music. It is just wonderful.
There is also a large group of at least 60 people "square dancing" every morning.
One of the walkways on the perimeter of Yiling Square
Every morning I've seen women weeding the grassy area of the square which is beautifully maintained.
I just love to see all the various old model bicycles, many of them with wagons attached, this one in such contrast to the vehicles turning behind.
These young girls were in Yiling square for a rehearsal which attracted a large number of onlookers
Not far from our hotel
I stumbled upon an alleyway market which sold every kind of produce you could imagine.
I'll soon be posting images from the 9th China International Folk Art Festival. Stay tuned
ps: all the square images were shot with my iPhone