China

Neon Night in Nanjing

One of the best parts of my visit to Nanjing was seeing the centre of the city at night. As can be seen, throughout Asia neon lights adorn nearly all shop/restaurant fronts creating a multi-layered array of colour which is quite a spectacle to behold (think Blade Runner without the flying cars!).

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On the night I took these photos there were apparently approx. 40,000 people wandering the streets around the Confucius Temple due to the New Year and a special lantern festival. That evening I ate some traditional fried Chinese dumplings with “chi dou yuan xiao” (a thick soup of rice glue balls with small red beans) in a small restaurant crammed with locals. I’ve just about got used to being stared at constantly but it’s still rather disconcerting when you’re trying to eat (Note to self: avoid dropping dumplings in soup in future!).

Author

Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and still returns frequently to continue exploring this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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  1. Margaret says:

    great photos again David! Must be quite 'something' to be the object of attention! Food sounds very tasty hope your digestion is coping!

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