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One important point of this trip is to take pictures, make films, record sounds and interviews. On this page you will find all the media I produced.

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China Wednesday 17 October 2012
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Here is what remains of the railway in Jianshui. This track is part of the Hanoi – Kunming network build by the French in the early XXth century. It has the particularity to have a 1 metre gauge. You can learn more about this railway by reading the Wikipedia article: Kunming-Hai Phiong Railway.

 

Public sign in the streets of Lijiang Old Town. Self Explenatory
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China Sunday 7 October 2012
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Lijiang Old Town is the perfect example of spoiled heritage.

It was so meticulously redone, with so many shops, restaurants, colours, and it is now so overcrowded (I was there during the Golden Week, probably the worst time as the whole of China is on holiday!) that this place is a pure nightmare. NOTHING ELSE but plain horror.

This sign says it all, and it is all I am going to show. By “keep civilized behaviour” the authorities mean: please do not SPIT! Well, I don’t know about preventing a shopping frenzy, but regarding spitting, this sign as no effect!

AVOID THIS PLACE, AT ANY COST!!!!

Spend more time in Dali Old town instead. Million times cuter and more interesting!

 

The 'leader', when I blew my cover.
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China Tuesday 25 September 2012
Posted in Season 1

There is something going on in Shanghai… everyone wants to invite you for tea… they are really so friendly… or not…?!

Learn more about it in this special audio feature. Duration 7’16.

 

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China Saturday 22 September 2012
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Le touriste, l’occidental est constamment sollicité dans les rues commerçantes de Shanghai. Montres, sacs, chaussures et bien plus encore… Ces petites personnes chinoises qui vous collent pour vous proposer leur camelotte avec insistance est un véritable harcelement. Je les ai appelé les Spam vivants !

C’est absolument fascinant cette capacité qu’ont les chinois à ne pas se lasser, et à subir tout et n’importe quoi dans une indéfectible indifférence… des vrais machines! Cette pratique en est un bon exemple.

Je vous propose une petite expérience sonore, certes un peu longues (5 minutes), mais c’est dans la longueur que ca devient comique. Je me suis amusé à faire durer, avec une large référence aux Monty Pythons, bien sûr…!

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China Wednesday 19 September 2012
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Street art is rare in Shanghai. The Chinese are probably too strict and the police is watching closely. Only one long wall bears graffiti, and it’s in this place that was developed an art centre… well, then Chinese way… so the result resembles more like an Art Gallery Mall than a creative place for art. It’s called M50, because it’s located at 50 Moganshan Road.

The wall was threatened to be taken down two years ago because of a construction project, but it’s still there, for the moment. Behind this wall lays a wasteland, and beyond that, as you can see on the pictures, loom very high apartment blocks. From the density of those housings you can tell the property prices are very high, and days are certainly numbered for this wall.

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China Tuesday 18 September 2012
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The Pudong skyline.

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China Friday 14 September 2012
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Singing in central Park, Urumqi, China
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China Wednesday 12 September 2012
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When visiting Urumqi, I walked in the central park: People’s Park.

Well it really is People’s Park… mid afternoon, on a sunny Tuesday, lots of people were hanging out, playing Mah-jong, chatting, playing music, or just spitting around… despite the important mix of both Uigurts (the local central Asian ethnics) and Hans (the real Chinese), the park was predominantly crowded with ‘Chinese’.

By a pond, in the shade of a temple-like guinguette a band was playing and singing typical music (the one you can hear in a Chinese restaurant for instance) to the ears of indifferent passers-by and bystanders alike… A woman, a spectator, took part and was slowly waving her arms and body to the gently rhythm of the annoyingly saturated sound…

The scene was worse a bit of sound recording and a picture for the memory… I knew I was in China!

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China Wednesday 12 September 2012
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The soundtrack could have been composed by Bjork, but it’s authentic!

In the streets of Urumqi, Uighurts workers make furniture, tools, ovens with steel and tin. They perform their art right outside in the street. I found the show spectacular, and stopped to admire, and record. Play the attached sound above, and watch the slideshow!

 

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China Sunday 9 September 2012
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Lots of animals, many people. Sounds, smells all mingling in the heat and the dust.
Sellers show their stock, byers inspect, both haggle. There’s always a group of people forming around the negotiation, they all take part, and wait for the best moment to place their offer.
In the sound recording below, you can hear such a group haggling for a mule. The mule has also its word to say…!

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