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Changsha and Shenzhen in April 2012

Although I typically visit China at least once per year for work purposes, my trip there in April 2012 was a little bit special; not only did I travel to four major cities (Beijing, Changsha, Shenzhen, and Chongqing), but stayed in incredible rooms, experienced first class travel on a bullet train, and visited some incredible (and sometimes sub-tropical) places.

This album documents the first three of those cities; I haven't mentioned Beijing in the title as I only stayed for two days, but I had a wonderful tour of the attractions in Changsha, and then travelled on the bullet train to stay at a sub-tropical beach resort in Shenzhen (very close to Hong Kong). A really memorable trip; the conclusion of it is in the "Chongqing 2012" album on this website.

The view from my hotel room balcony. The South China Sea, Shenzhen, with mountains.
The view from my hotel room balcony. The South China Sea in Shenzhen, with mountains
Me standing under a beach statue of an angel, in Dameisha Seaside Park.
Me standing under a beach statue of an angel, in Dameisha Seaside Park.
I went to Pizza Hut in Beijing - it's very different from in the west.
I went to Pizza Hut in Beijing - it's very different from in the west.
Illuminated sign about video games in Beijing
Illuminated sign about video games in Beijing
Me waiting for food in a Pizza Hut in Beijing
Me waiting for food in a Pizza Hut in Beijing
Buildings as seen from my hotel room window in Beijing
Buildings as seen from my hotel room window in Beijing
The New Main Building in the campus of Beihang University, Beijing
The New Main Building in the campus of Beihang University, Beijing
Just a man walking down the street by some missiles, at Beihang University
Just a man walking down the street by some missiles, at Beihang University
My lovely hotel room in Changsha, China. This doesn't show how huge it was.
My lovely hotel room in Changsha, China. This doesn't show how huge it was.
A misty street scene near my hotel in Changsha, China
A misty street scene near my hotel in Changsha, China
Tree at Yuelu Academy in Changsha. Oldest academy in the world (1100 years old)
Tree at Yuelu Academy in Changsha. Oldest academy in the world (1100 years old)
A round doorway in the Yuelu Academy, Changsha
A round doorway in the Yuelu Academy, Changsha
A courtyard in the Yuelu Academy, Changsha
A courtyard in the Yuelu Academy, Changsha
A random building in Changsha; near Yuelu academy.
A random building in Changsha; near Yuelu academy.
About to begin a formal dinner, in Changsha
About to begin a formal dinner, in Changsha
Golden bust of Chairman Mao (Mao Zedong) in a taxi in Changsha
Golden bust of Chairman Mao (Mao Zedong) in a taxi in Changsha
Pink and red blossoms on Orange Island, Changsha
Pink and red blossoms on Orange Island, Changsha
The Xiang River, from the northern point of Orange Island, Changsha
The Xiang River, from the northern point of Orange Island, Changsha
Massive construction taking place in downtown Changsha, China.
Massive construction taking place in downtown Changsha, China.
Boats on the Xiang river in Changsha, taken from Orange Island.
Boats on the Xiang river in Changsha, taken from Orange Island.
A statue in front of some poetry, on Orange Island, Changsha.
A statue in front of some poetry, on Orange Island, Changsha.
Purple blossoms on trees in a tranquil part of Orange Island, Changsha.
Purple blossoms on trees in a tranquil part of Orange Island, Changsha.
Me in front of a giant rock sculpture of Chairman Mao, on Orange Island, Changsha
Me in front of a giant rock sculpture of Chairman Mao, on Orange Island, Changsha
The West Lake restaurant in Changhsa. Biggest Chinese restaurant in the world.
The West Lake restaurant in Changhsa. Biggest Chinese restaurant in the world.
Food at the West Lake restaurant in Changsha. I have no idea what it was.
Food at the West Lake restaurant in Changsha. I have no idea what it was.
Leaving the West Lake restaurant in Changsha, at night.
Leaving the West Lake restaurant in Changsha, at night.
Blue lights above the entrance to my hotel in Changsha.
Blue lights above the entrance to my hotel in Changsha.
An old Chinese boat, on the river by my hotel in Changsha.
An old Chinese boat, on the river by my hotel in Changsha.
Yueyang Tower, behind gardens in Yueyanglou Park near Changsha.
Yueyang Tower, behind gardens in Yueyanglou Park near Changsha.
View from the top of Yueyang Tower, near Changsha
View from the top of Yueyang Tower, near Changsha
Me in front of Yueyang Tower, in Yueyanglou Park, near Changsha.
Me in front of Yueyang Tower, in Yueyanglou Park, near Changsha.
Students in white tops from a local school, in the street near Yueyanglou Park.
Students in white tops from a local school, in the street near Yueyanglou Park.
Another view of Yueyang Tower, in Yueyanglou Park, near Changsha.
Another view of Yueyang Tower, in Yueyanglou Park, near Changsha.
A model building in Yueyanglou Park, near Changsha.
A model building in Yueyanglou Park, near Changsha.
Misty plants on the way to Junshan Island, near Changsha
Misty plants on the way to Junshan Island, near Changsha
Statues of the Xiang River goddessess (and sheep) on Junshan Island
Statues of the Xiang River goddessess (and sheep) on Junshan Island
Me, standing in a pavilion in Junshan Island park, near Changsha, China
Me, standing in a pavilion in Junshan Island park, near Changsha, China
Mottled / spotted bamboo in Junshan Park. Legend says stained by goddesses tears.
Mottled / spotted bamboo in Junshan Park. Legend says stained by goddesses tears.
Purple blossoms and countryside in Junshan Park, near Changsha.
Purple blossoms and countryside in Junshan Park, near Changsha.
An ancient bell, hanging in Junshan Park, near Changsha.
An ancient bell, hanging in Junshan Park, near Changsha.
Travelling 306 km/h in first class on the bullet train from Changsha to Shenzhen
Travelling 306 km/h in first class on the bullet train from Changsha to Shenzhen
View from the window on the bullet train from Changsha to Shenzhen
View from the window on the bullet train from Changsha to Shenzhen
Arriving at our hotel (the King Key Palace) in Shenzhen.
Arriving at our hotel (the King Key Palace) in Shenzhen.
A cargo ship, sailing through the haze in the South China Sea
A cargo ship, sailing through the haze in the South China Sea
Parasailing above the misty South China Sea, near Shenzhen.
Parasailing above the misty South China Sea, near Shenzhen.
Another view from my hotel room balcony, Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China.
Another view from my hotel room balcony, Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China.
View of the Sheraton Dameisha Resort, from my hotel room balcony.
View of the Sheraton Dameisha Resort, from my hotel room balcony.
The entranceway to the beach, in Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China.
The entranceway to the beach, in Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China.
A red angel statue on the beach in Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China.
A red angel statue on the beach in Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China.
Me standing in front of the angel statues, in Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China
Me standing in front of the angel statues, in Dameisha, near Shenzhen, China
A kayaker on an artificial lake in Dameisha, near Shenzhen
A kayaker on an artificial lake in Dameisha, near Shenzhen
The kayaker wanted to have a conversation with us. In Dameisha, near Shenzhen.
The kayaker wanted to have a conversation with us. In Dameisha, near Shenzhen.
Ismael sitting by the lake in Dameisha, China, looking contemplative.
Ismael sitting by the lake in Dameisha, China, looking contemplative.
The red angel statue at dusk in Dameisha, in front of hazy hills and a bike.
The red angel statue at dusk in Dameisha, in front of hazy hills and a bike.
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