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Travel Photo| China’s tropical paradise?

Updated: October 7, 2014
By: Ian Yacobucci
Wanning Shimei Bay Hainan

Girl posing Wanning Shimei Bay,Hainan, China

Wanning Shimei Bay – Hainan, China:

This is does not look like the typical China we’re used to seeing in the media.  This photograph was taken on shores of the countries only tropical island Hainan.  Visiting a friend of mine from University his sister looks out towards Jiajing Island, located off shore of Hainan’s most luxurious resorts.

Le Meridien has hosted many famous tourists including the Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev.  Visiting the still pristine but rapidly developing island of Hainan I wonder what it’s future beholds.

With massive resort development projects filling the islands coast these beaches will certainly not be as beautiful or empty years from now.  When we arrived at Le Meridien, we showed up and walked right onto the beach after exploring the quiet 5 star hotel.

With the potential to house thousands of tourists combined with rapid wealth and development in China places like Wanning Shimei Bay will not look like this for long so get there soon if you can!

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Forbidden city soldiers Beijing, China

Travel Photo| Forbidden city soldiers Beijing, China

Updated: June 10, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci

As one of the largest temple structures in the world, and home to Chinese emperors who ruled for thousands of years, Beijing’s Forbidden City still holds a military presence.

I was lucky enough to capture this image of the soldiers mirrored by some Chinese propaganda inside the walls of this historical monument.

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Shanghai by night China

Travel Photo| Shanghai by night China

Updated: June 3, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci

Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu or “The Bund” is the infamous walkway along west bank of the Huangpu river.  If you’re a tourist in Shanghai than you won’t miss this place.

I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful Chinese student studying journalism and living in Shanghai.  She lent me her tripod and toured me around the area so I could get some amazing pics with my DSLR.

How’d I do?

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Temple at night Beijing, China

Travel Photo| Temple at night Beijing, China

Updated: May 27, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci

Wandering the streets of Beijing you’re bound to stumble over something special.  Heading home from an evening photography shoot in Jingshan Park I saw this spectacular temple and spent the next half hour looking for the perfect exposure.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my tripod with me.  That’s when I saw another few people shooting pics of this temple.  Contrary to what some people say, these Chinese people were super friendly.  They lent me their tripod and I was able to capture this image.

I even gave them a mini lesson on what I was doing!  I told them to use a cloudy white balance to get those warm colours.

What do you think?

Home / Travel Photography / Beyond the lens / Travel Photo| Man at work in Hangzhou, China

Travel Photo| Man at work in Hangzhou, China

Updated: March 4, 2013
By: Ian Yacobucci

Getting lost has its perks.  While exploring Hangzhou, China I stumbled upon the 1911 Revolution Memorial Hall.   In a country full of juxtapositions this monument symbolizing freedom shows a man who’s freedom is restricted by his role in society.

Walking through the AAAA tourist city (a grading given to the top tourist destinations in China) you can’t help but notice the Maserati,  Ferrari, and Porsche dealerships.  While the rich get richer the poor get poorer.

The disparity gap between the rich and the poor is growing at a monumental rate and this symbol of freedom only exemplifies the societal limits to those opportunities.

Home / Asia / China / Eating wierd food at Donghuamen Night Market; Beijing’s crazy food street

Eating wierd food at Donghuamen Night Market; Beijing’s crazy food street

Updated: April 4, 2012
By: Ian Yacobucci

Wanfujing business district, located downtown Beijing, would seem like an unlikely place to find sumptuous snacks such as roast scorpion or king spider. When you think of business districts tall buildings, banks, and Starbucks are what most people picture but Wanfujing is different.

Located right in the centre of this capital city business district is the Donghuamen night market which is known to many in Beijing as the crazy food street. Since 1984 this market has been serving up delicacies such as starfish, scorpion, ostrich, king spider, and the genitalia of various farm animals. For tourists the night market is a great place for an evening stroll to look at the exotic foods as vendors tempt them to try as they call out the names of their delicacies. Most often, these people find themselves enjoying meat skewers, dumplings and noodles followed by fried ice cream or a skewer of fruit to clean their palates.

Ian tasting a Donghumen delicacy - Photo by Gerrard Darrah

Ian tasting a Donghumen delicacy – Photo by Gerrard Darrah

As for the adventure foodie, meat skewers and fruit are not an option since the night market is filled with exotic foods to challenge even the strongest stomachs. Grubs, scorpions, snakes, starfish, sea urchin, king spider, bull penis, sheep testicles, and even cat and dog are all flavoured options here. Prices here are flexible and range from 10 to 80 RMB depending.

I found myself back on Wanfujing wandering through the night market just seven months after my last visit. This time it was different as I was accompanied by friends Johnny from onestep4ward and theshameless traveler Stevo. During my previous visit I enjoyed a stroll through the market sampling a few meat and fruit skewers as I took in the sights and sounds of the busy street market. Things were a little different now that I had a few friends around.

Walking along the Donghuamen night market the vendors tempted us with tasty treats, “dog, cat, you like, very good,” “sheep penis, delicious, you try,” they yelled as we walked by. Discussing if these offers were real, none of us really thought about trying anything until Stevo decided to take the ultimate foodie challenge conjuring up a deal for two skewers of sheep testicles and penis. Well, after tasting some starfish, this seemed like an incredibly unappetizing option. But, as my teeth wrestled with a small piece of sheep’s penis, I couldn’t deny the fact that I had finally decided try the unthinkable and taken a disgusting food challenge. Of course, I followed that with a smidge of sheep’s balls because, as the saying goes, “two is better than one”.

Food ready for the grill scorpions, cat, starfish, sheep testicle, bull penis..it's all here - Beijing, China

Food ready for the grill scorpions, cat, starfish, sheep testicle, bull penis..it’s all here – Beijing, China

So if you find yourself standing on Wangfujin, the vendors of the Donghuamen challenging you to try something new, do it, take a picture, then go home and tell your friends that in China you too ate penis and testicles.

1. In the market most vendors will barging with you although, don’t expect to get less than 5 or 10 RMB discounted off your price.
2. If you buy in bulk from a vendor (two or more skewers) then getting a discounted price is easier
3. Don’t haggle to much these vendors are sensitive and there are plenty of other tourists for them to coerce into buying disgusting foods to try

Tally (prices as of April 2012):
Price of various delicacies 10-80 RMB
Fruit and meat skewers 10-15 RMB – $1-2 UDS
Animal body parts 15-30 RMB – $2-5 USD
King spider 80rmb – $12 USD