Things to be aware…

IMG_0069, originally uploaded by Helen K.

We went on a short river cruise in Shanghai. Given that the Bund is being dug up and there is no other way to get a decent view of the buildings, a cruise for 100 yuan was on the only option.

During the 50 minute cruise, there were a lot of views of Shanghai and the buildings on the Bund, not to mention photos taken of us by other tourists. However, this was one of my favourites 🙂

A Saturday in Downtown Xi’an

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

On saturday we took it pretty easy and decided to wander around Downtown Xi’an. I converted my digital SLR into a fixed focal length brownie. Zooms are overrated anyway. We took a bunch of shots as we walked past the Provincial Government HQ, past the shops, auctions and street vendors all offering mobile phones. Marveled at the range of washers, air conditioners and refrigerators with interesting sizes and designs. Visited a historical monument or two and designer label shops. The Muslim quarter was the highlight with greats sights and sounds. This is where we settled down for a lunch of 20 dumplings! Finally we returned to our hotel for a peach smoothie and donut not bad eh? Anyway I’ve put together a slideshow for you.

Japan Rail

Japan Rail offers very convenient and fast services throughout Japan. The JR Pass is also great value. Trying to book a JR Sleeper train on the other hand is quite difficult. You need to find a person or travel agent in Japan to book it for you. It can only be booked one month before hand, so it makes it somewhat difficult to plan an itinerary. For those who are inters ted JR East does offer Shinkansen and and some limited express bookings online.

We are trying to book the Cassiopeia, Japan’s dream journey from Ueno to Sapporo. So please cross your fingers and hope we can get our booking on 16 July 2009.

Old Street Car


Old Street Car
Originally uploaded by kdt

For a closer gunzel like me, Japan is heaven! The range of public transport around is amazing. In Hiroshima there is a great network of “Streetcars”. What is even better is that they have a range of different streetcars, its better than a working tram museum! These old cars are used everyday for real work!

I’m impressed!

Nozomi


Nozomi
Originally uploaded by kdt

Waiting for train at wet Shin-Osaka. Boy that mobile phone shutter is slow. When I pressed “take” the nose of the Nozomi could not be seen at all. By the time it took it, the nose had almost dissappeard. So this shot is lucky. Nevertheless the phone is fun for taking shots on the run.