As some of you may know, travel photography sets my heart on fire. I often spend hours of my day dreaming of all the breathtaking places I have yet to see. It’s either that or reminiscing about the places I have already been so blessed to experience.
I had yet to visit Asia, until this past November when I was given the opportunity to tag along with my husband on a business trip to China. Despite the LONG and somewhat disastrous adventure we had on our travels over we had a remarkable 22 days (literally 60 hours of travelling without a bed or a shower, 3 countries, and 4 different planes for what was supposed to be a direct flight, but I’ll spare you the details)
We visited numerous cities across the country and I truly have nothing but good things to say about what we encountered. My entire perspective of China before going has completely transformed. You truly cannot judge a country based on what you see in the media or hear around you anymore. The Chinese are so incredibly accommodating and their hospitality is like none other. I saw a VERY different China than the smog filled, over populated, low standards of living we’re so used to assuming to be true.
I’m not going to overshare my opinions, really I just want to share some images with you taken throughout my travels. I would like you to keep in mind that I had to search out these locations to find the old culture I had envisioned photographing while visiting. Honestly, most of China doesn’t look much different than a lot of North American cities with skyscrapers and Starbucks on every corner. These are in no-way an authentic representation of what modern-day China looks like. In truth, these are more of a manipulation of what I wanted China to look like when I pictured myself visiting. Makes you understand how perceptions can be so easily inaccurate based on what I’m choosing to share with you, your perceptions of China will be influenced.
Funny how that works, isn’t it?