LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Bryan » Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:22 pm

Lady Wu wrote:We surprisingly got a few days of excellent (but frigid) weather, so here's from the hike to Elfin Lakes yesterday.

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Elfin Lakes you say? Good God, that is exactly the kind of location I want for a dream house. So gorgeous.
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Lady Wu » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:25 am

Bryan wrote:Elfin Lakes you say? Good God, that is exactly the kind of location I want for a dream house. So gorgeous.

As long as you don't mind walking 11km to get your car every day...

That's actually the park ranger's cabin. I guess the job is lonely as hell but in most cases you can't beat the accommodation arrangements.
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Lady Wu » Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:29 am

Went snowshoeing today.

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Bonus: Tree from some park.

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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Lady Wu » Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:44 am

Ok too good not to share.

I present to you...

Thames Town, Shanghai, China.

I don't know how to explain it except that it's a planned community in Shanghai with a British theme. While it's completed, the concept is a total bust as the town is sparsely populated, and most buildings are ghostly empty. It's a big hit, though, with locals who want to take wedding photos in front of a "foreign-styled" church, for example.

It has to be seen to be believed.

So, welcome to Thames Town (complete with the Shanghai Expo mascot, Haibao).
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By its own description: (-_-)
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It really tries hard to look English:
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(PS: Real Shanghai doesn't have zebra crossings like that)

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It's got a fake church...
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...which locals love to take photos at, with their froufrou dogs.
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There is also a Princess Di statue... (ignore the finger...)
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and a fake Harry Potter statue.
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Despite all the Englishy-ness, it's hard to escape the fact that this is set in China.
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(Ok, I can't climb over the fence or take photos... and I can't... what? Oh. I guess I should've read the name of the restaurant.)

Don't ask.
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(the Chinese characters basically say "happy new year")

Because Chinese New Year door posters are so going to reinforce the notion of Thames Town.
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A bit further down...
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What? I thought this was THAMES TOWN!
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The town planners might have been geographically confused...
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(They actually have real French titles displayed in the window of the shop, which is a fake shop---the door's not supposed to open.)

Speaking of fake stuff, how about a fake flower shop which is actually a washroom?
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Upon leaving Thames Town, I spotted a hilarious kindergarten.

Thames Town Kindergarten. Well and good. (The Chinese name literally means "Shanghai Harmony Kindergarten")
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The same kindergarten, with a different English name... is that tacky or what? (also notice the picture of the Chinese Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo)
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If you think they can't go any lower with the tacky, you're wrong.
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Just for comparison, this is what other parts of Shanghai look like:

Nanjing Road, the prime shopping district.
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Qibao, kinda historic site, kinda tourist attraction.
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The less glamorous side of Qibao
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby GuoBia » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:13 am

That Thamestown thing is SURREAL, man! It's like costume jewelry!!

Awesome photos- they're so fun to look at!
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Hyper90 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:37 am

Shang Hai :shock: ....

any chance of visiting Cheng Du? :mrgreen:
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Lady Wu » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:32 am

Hyper90 wrote:Shang Hai :shock: ....

any chance of visiting Cheng Du? :mrgreen:

No, why would I go to Chengdu anyway? To see reconstructed Shu artifacts? Meh. :roll: :P

What better way to start a new year than climbing a mountain?

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(First Pump, Mount Seymour Provincial Park. View below is the Greater Vancouver area.)
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Striga » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:41 am

Wonderful views Lady Wu. :D
Top of the mountain indeed looks much better than top of a hill or an ocean view. How cold was it?
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Tigger of Kai » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:50 am

And what altitude did you reach? Looks amazing!
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Re: LW's travel photo thread (image-intensive)

Unread postby Lady Wu » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:26 am

I was quite impressed with the view too. I've hiked a few places in the neighbourhood, but this is the only place I've been where you can see all of Greater Vancouver so clearly (plus Vancouver Island and a bunch of Gulf Islands/San Juan Islands to boot).

The marker is a bit hard to read, but it says 1455m.
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