Qingming Historical Area is a preserved area of Wuxi, China. It runs along China's ancient Grand canal. Most of the buildings (small businesses and homes) and the Qingming Bridge (1st photo) were built ~600 years ago.
I have uploaded two more photos. In the first one, we were having lunch upstairs in one of the small restaurants along the canal when I heard something coming up the canal outside. I quickly grabbed my camera and stuck my head out the window next to our table and took a series of burst shots as the boat passed by underneath. This shot was the keeper.
I took the second photo as we walked over one of the bridges crossing the canal.
This is one of the lanes behind Qingming Historical Area in Wuxi, China. It is lined with small family run shops and cafe's/small restaurants.
This area is about 500 years old with many businesses passed down through family generations. The man on the right intrigued me. He appeared to be one of the business owners. He was just standing there watching people pass by.
I took this photo while we were walking around Nanjing Temple in Wuxi.
This shot was a bit tricky. I wanted to take a photo of these two locals just sitting there having a rest, waiting for someone or perhaps something else. They had a serious look on their face and didn't speak at all to each other. I couldn't really hide the fact I wanted to photograph them when they saw my camera pointed at them. But they didn't seem to mind. A couple of minutes after I took the photograph they just got up together slowly and casually strolled away.
I am not sure what the man in the black jacket in the background was doing - looking at bags, spying???
While wandering around the Qingming Historical Area in Wuxi, we came across this "thing" outside one of the shops. Luckily for me, Mrs B said she wanted to go have a look in one of the nearby shops which gave me some extra time to figure out how to photograph it.
While I was thinking up different ideas, at least 10 people passed by and took just a straight on "snaphot" with their smartphones (left image). But like any good photography tutorial will tell you, if you see a crowd taking a photo of something all from the same spot you may as well save time and just google the spot and you will find a photo taken from the same spot. To create a unique image you need to find a different spot/angle to take the photo from which not many other people would have done.
So I decided to go to one side of the thing and take a photo from low down and angled up (right image).
In this image taken at Qingming Historical Area in Wuxi, China, the path of the canal and its left bank help lead the eyes through the scene. This part of the city, built around 500-600 years ago, has been preserved.
In the background you can see some apartment and CBD buildings from present day Wuxi.
I took this photo while were in Wuxi, China. We were wandering through a park in the CBD when we came across this fishpond with people feeding fish. They had what appeared to be a child's milk bottle attached to the end of a pole. The fish came up to feed from the bottle. I don't know what was inside the bottles.