Thailand… one more time (cycling from Bangkok to Cambodia). // Bangkok raz jeszcze… Rowerem z Bangkoku do Kambodży.

Assumption Cathedral, Bangkok // Katedra Wniebowstąpienia:

Lumpini Park, Bangkok

Chatuchak Market

Wang Saen Suk (Buddhist Hell // buddyjskie piekło)

Wat Sothon Wararam Worawihan (+the town of Chachoengsao)

In between // Pomiędzy

A popular getaway destination for all Shanghaiese who are tired with the bustle of a big city. One hour by train, Suzhou is … yet another big city, though a lot smaller than Shanghai and more relaxed. It is famouns for its parks and gardens, during my trip, however, I focused on the „snack street” – Shang Tang.

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Popularne miejsce, do którego uciekają mieszkańcy Szanghaju, zmęczeni zgiełkiem wielkiego miasta. Oddalone o godzinę jazdy pociągiem, Suzhou to … również wielkie miasto, ale zdecydowanie mniejsze od Szanghaju i nieco mniej hałaśliwe. Słynie z wielości parków i ogrodów, jednak podczas mojej krótkiej wizyty skupiłem się na „ulicy przekąskowej” czyli położonej przy kanale malowniczej Shang Tang.

Teatr cieni / Shadow theatre

Qibao is one of touristy districts of Shanghai where what is old has not been demolished or was demolished but then rebuilt to imitate the original style. Though located far away from the centre, in Minhang, it is still very popular among the Shanghaiese. The come here to eat like crazy – that’s the main attraction of Qibao. The place is also popular for its cricket breeding – local crickets are said to be pretty aggressive, a feature that is highly desired for cricket fights that are traditionally organised here. You can also have a walk around and visit the (newly built) temples and see the shadow theatre, once a very popular form of entertainment. Nowadays, it is just a small place displaying their shows for a bunch of tourists plus a number of history rooms filled with nostalgia of past glory.

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Qibao to jedna z turystycznych dzielnic Szanghaju, w której nie wyburzono…

Before I actually get to Shanghai I visit Zhenjiang (check the previous post), the town that I could call my hometown with so many friends living there. It’s just that Chinese home towns are better not to be left alone for more than a month, otherwise you might feel lost when you get back there. The places I was filming in 2010 have got all covered with skyscrapers, some boroughs have been demolished, others built anew… Luckily nothing has changed about Fei and his family – Auntie “Eat a little more” is still in good shape, Uncle Big Belly is still trying to convince me into drinking a few and Fei is still the same loony artist, with his head covered with more tangled hair than before. I arrive in Zhenjiang for a job interview (the whole job thing will eventually not work out but that’s ok) and I could not even dream of a better timing. Picture…