Although I love to travel and have lived in China for a few years, I have not actually travelled that much around this vast and varied country. I have also hardly taken any photographs here in Xi’an, where I have lived for most of that time. The first fact is not about to be rectified to any great extent, however, the second may well be. The link between these two points is my manual Olympus OM 10 camera, which I bought while travelling in Sri Lanka, on my way to India and not long before coming to China. Sadly, on my most recent travels I realized that a manual film camera is just no longer cost effective, with the additional price of film and developing it is just not practical these days.
I have now bought a Digital SLR camera and was looking back on the last photographs my old OM10 took. These included my limited travels in China. I have decided to add a few of my favourites here, to one, acknowledge the enjoyment I had using my old camera, and two, to kick off the inclusion here of a few more China based photographs, that I am sure my new camera will increasingly be taking, particularly here in Xi’an and especially now Spring is with us. Also, third, these places are actually quite good places to visit. These pictures were taken in Xiahe (Gansu), Langmusi (Northern Sichuan), Jiuzhaigou (Northern Sichuan), Bamboo Forest (Southern Sichuan), Lijiang (Yunnan), Lugu Hu (Sichuan/Yunnan border) and Litang (Western Sichuan).