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I set this up for a trip to China last year. It worked pretty well for that and I've been using it on and off since to post pictures from trips as well as what I call "good images."

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Suzhou 1

I tried to send these a few days ago but the I attached too many files.
Here the are as two posts.I spent the day biking around Suzhou, mostly visiting gardens and looking
at the canals. I started
the day with some fresh baked bread (actually it could have baked more,
but it was still
interesting.)Most of the pictures of canals and gardens don't need much comment. I
climbed up the pagoda
with the pond in front of it. I took the night view later after dropping
off the bike before coming to
post these photos.
9th May 2007, 16:17   comments (0)

Suzhou 2

Second post - all comments and explanation were in the post above.
9th May 2007, 16:17   comments (1)

Video Day 3

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Final set of videos from the posts above.
9th May 2007, 16:17   comments (0)

Video Day 1

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3 posts from a day in Suzhou when I thought I had more time than I did. I
ended up eating street food because all the restaurants which looked like
I wanted to eat in them were closed by the time I got out of the internet
cafe.Though I'd send along some of the videos I took. The first is a boy
playing with a yoyo in
Yangshui. Then there's a demonstration of my supreme bike riding skill!Perhaps more interestingly you can see how rice is planted - we found it
interesting as we had
never seen it before.The next video is of the bubbles I mentioned at the "Chinese Disneyworld."Today I recorded a celebration - I'm not sure if it's a marriage or a
funeral, but it was certainly
good for the local flower industry. Later I found the Chinese army at
play. They were actually in
the "trap" of a land gate into the city. Later I tried to capture the
serenity of the local garden.Finally, a short video of the Longji rice paddies.
9th May 2007, 16:17   comments (0)

Video Day 2

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More files from above.
9th May 2007, 16:17   comments (0)

Happy Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day dragam! Glad you made it back safe to spend the day with the kids. Kisses
to everyone at home!
6th May 2007, 12:37   comments (2)

Kati Left :(

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Kati left this afternoon. We had a good dinner last night at 1221 - I went there last time I was in
Shanghai with Bogdan, Horatiu and some other Colliers CE people. While good, it was not as
good as the meal we had on our second night in Shanghai at 1931 (but I don't have a picture of
that.)Now I'm off on my own - When I take some interesting pictures I'll try to send them along.
5th May 2007, 14:37   comments (1)

Yangshui Day 2

We went shopping after breakfast on our second day in Yangshui, then tried to go back to the
hotel. We had gone back and forth at night and in the morning, driving through a market above
the river which was always closed. At noon it was open and full (very, very full!) of Chinese tour
groups getting off these boats on the river. We were trying to push our bikes against the human
flow and it was not (!) fun. When we went back to town 30 minutes later it was better, but still not
great.We set out for Moon Hill and stopped a few interesting places along the way. First we saw where
the rafting finished (if you had more patience and paid more money than we did the day before.)
Then we visited a giant tree which was 1,500 years old - kind of like a minature Chinese
Disneyland with girls dressed up in costume (and people posing with monkeys and floating in
bubbles on the fake lake.)Then we went to a Chinese cave. They have "artistic" lighting and somehow mobile phones
worked in the cave. It appears the main reason to take the trip to the Chinese underworld is to
pose for photos. I obliged. In the cave we got to take a boat ride (actually 2 - you can see how we
got out.)Finally we got to Moon Hill - the Lonely Planet says it is 1,250 steps to the top. It was pretty tiring
and we got really sweaty. Before we walked to the very top I stoped to give an interview for the
Vilaggazdasag (thanks for calling Mester Nandor!) about the Hungarian Government's decision to
build the new Government district with a PPP construction.
5th May 2007, 14:34   comments (0)