Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum
During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Traveling in China Since 1985, #121
CHINA #121: A drive that now takes less than one hour (barring traffic) took more than three hours that day. It was VERY hot and the car had no air conditioning, so we stopped along the way to have some food and beer... the safest thing to be drinking besides really hot tea. This is the view of the surrounding countryside from the terrace of tour restaurant. The “garden” in the foreground is the entrance to the restaurant. Look beyond HOWEVER: canals and ponds dominate the terrain. The “roads” are extremely narrow, snaking over moon bridges and following the top of dikes between water bodies. We stopped here because this restaurant was known for “local” cuisine, which with all these ponds included fantastic shrimp and carp, as well as “special” greens, at that time unique to the #Suzhou area. Yummy!photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org
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