We visited the Temple of Heaven in Beijing early in the morning. I’d thought it was an urban legend that the Chinese go to the park to do early morning exercise, but it’s actually true. The park was so busy and it was lovely to see the local people coming together to exercise and socialise together.
On our China visit, I was nervous about seeing dog and cat meat on the menu. Being a vegetarian and an animal lover, I was worried about how the Chinese treated their animals. But, I found out it’s only in a small number of places and most of the Chinese love their dogs and cats. Here’s one lady who was carrying her dog around in a baby carrier!
During our summer holiday to China, we went to the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base.
We arrived very early, which I would advise doing because it was very quiet. About 5 minutes after we arrived, the pandas were given their breakfast. Loads of them came running around the corner and then began eating the bamboo the keepers had put out for them. They were so cute!
Over the summer, I was lucky enough to visit Vietnam. We decided to make this trip a photography tour and signed up to do some street photography courses. What an amazing time we had! Doing this kind of course allows you to visit parts of the country that tourists might not otherwise see and meet the real people who live there. In Ho Chi Minh City, we learned with Arnaud from Vietnam Photo Adventures and in stunning Hoi An, with Pieter from Hoi An Photo Walks. Both were excellent teachers with wonderful local knowledge. I can highly recommend a photowalk when you visit a new city, even if you don’t class yourself as a ‘photographer’!