Travel Snap Shots: Jingdezhen

This is a continuation, in photos, of the post I wrote about my trip to Jingdezhen, China.

Village Life in Gaoling

Plum blossom

Plum blossom

Gaoling Village: A river runs through it.

A river runs through the village.

China- village life 2

Drying cabbage.

China - village life 3

Drying fish.

China - Village life 4

Drying shoes.

Portraits

China - Portrait Old Man

Every line has a story.

China - Portrait Old Woman

A charm that never fades.

China - portrait young and old

Through the generations.

Shards Market

China - Market, shards

Porcelain shards

China - Market, bowls

Bowls: antique or repro?

China - Market, jars

Porcelain pots

China - Market, jugs

Miniature jugs and vessels

China - market, mao

Chairman Mao memorabilia

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Travel Snap Shots: Jingdezhen

    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you, Natalia! There are so many interesting places to see in china. I hope you visit one of these days. I wish to discover more of it. 🙂

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  1. Monica Glaboff (@SoapSudsations)

    Great pictures Silvia! To me, you’ve really captured the essence of the place. Were people happy to have their pictures taken? We found the vendors in the larger cities we visited in China to be very territorial of their goods and scowled and shooed us away when we tried to take pictures of them. Will you go back again?

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you, Monica! The people in Gaolin village were happy to have their pictures taken. I showed them the photos afterwards and that made them smile. In general, I find that people from smaller places tend to be friendlier. I probably won’t be going back to Jingdezhen, but I hope to see more of China. The lack of manners and other issues are very annoying, but not enough to deter me. Haha! You said you don’t want to go back? Which cities did you visit?

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  2. DivaSoap

    I first noticed how many houses are made of stone, is it typical? OOh, how kind-hearted they look, these oldies! And hey, they made it to Internet, they have become stars. If I remember correctly, you don’t speak Chinesse, how did you talk to them?

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Hi Maja. In that village we visited, almost all the houses were made of the same material. I understand this is a very traditional kind of house especially in the rural areas.
      The oldies were very sweet indeed!
      I can speak some broken Chinese and I used my hands a lot when trying to communicate. Hahaha! When it became impossible, I would ask help from anyone in the group who could speak Chinese. 🙂

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you Gordana. Those are cabbage being dried, I believe to be made into pickled or preserved cabbage. They were everywhere! 🙂

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  3. Amy@10th Ave.

    Oh, Silivia–You have some much talent as a photographer! I have wanted to visit China for many years (even studied the language for awhile) so thanks for sharing some pictures.

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you, JV! China is a fascinating country. It has a lot of beautiful places, but the people’s manners can sometimes be a culture shock for some. If you can ignore that, I think you will enjoy China. 🙂

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  4. Infusions

    Thank you for sharing your pictures, Silvia.
    Your photo essay communicates the atmosphere of the place and makes people want to be there, breathe the air, feel the scents and enjoy the friendliness of the local people. Do they really sell ceramic shards at the market? I can imagine they use the shards to decorate their walls but are there any other ways to use the shards?

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  5. soapjam Post author

    Hi Maya. Yes, they really sell shards at the market and in some porcelain shops, but you have to be careful because a lot of them may not actually be antiques. In fact, antique shards are banned from being taken out of the city, but people still do because they’re not that strict at the airport. Genuine antique shards can be quite expensive, depending on the quality and if it bears the mark of the emperor. One of our group mates, a museum curator, bought a few to use in her classes, so students can touch and feel them. In Jingdezhen, I saw shards used as decoration on the pavement, but mostly on walls. I think it would make a nice framed collage.:-)

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