Impressions of Yichang, China

September 13, 2013  •  6 Comments

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......

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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. 

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There is also a large group of at least 60 people "square dancing" every morning. 

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One of the walkways on the perimeter of Yiling Square

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Every morning I've seen women weeding the grassy area of the square which is beautifully maintained.

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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.

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This next series of photos was taken with my phone.

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These young girls were in Yiling square for a rehearsal which attracted a large number of onlookers

 

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I stumbled upon an alleyway market which sold every kind of produce you could imagine.

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Comments

Karen Walrond(non-registered)
Gorgeous images, Maria. Really beautiful work!
PLU(non-registered)
Wonderful images !!!
Hugs !!!
Ingrid(non-registered)
Maria, Maria, Maria, you are a true artist, you see and capture what so many of us can see but definitely cannot capture as you can. You are so talented my sister so talented. Your images bring to us the very essence of the space and its occupants. Thank you.
Elliot(non-registered)
Padna, you captured the essence of their culture and customs marvelously. One day congotay! Thanks for the images....
Greta(non-registered)
Reminds me of my time in China, I totally concur with Roxanne, I also felt as the photographs show there is a place for all rhythms, old, young & in-between. I took video of people dancing in squares, markets, etc., but my camera with the cassette was stolen. So thanks for sharing. Looking at your photo, I thought that you [Maria] with your camera is like Miles Davis with his trumpet, your work plays some fine tunes.
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