From April 1997 to February 2000 we lived in Beijing, China. In these three years we spent a considerable part of our holidays traveling this fascinating country… but as it was, for us at least, not yet the digital photography era, illustration of our Chinese adventures comes from scanned slides, with some compromise on quality (there is a need to re-scan several of the slides, perhaps in August this year).

Our travels have been captured in a sort of blog-style travelogues, written well before blogging was in vogue, but reproduced here as if it was the 21st century. There is an account of a seven week journey along the ancient Silk Road, another on a two weeks trip through Tibet,  a Dutch-language article on Sichuan and the Three Gorges, and a trip to Yunnan, in English. More to come, still – watch this space (or get yourself an RSS feed). Some of our experiences have been captured under individual locations, hereunder (especially Beijing is a quite extensive page, including memories and highlights). Others are easier to find back in the blog-style travelogues and articles, where entries often refer to geographical place names.

Sichuan

Sichuan

Tibet

Tibet

Silkroad

Silkroad

Yunnan

 

We also have a number of paintings, mostly water-colours, that were inspired by our China years.

Beijing
where we spent our honeymoon, and then lived for three years
Datong
northern city famous for its Buddhist caves
Harbin
Russian-looking Chinese city of the annual ice festival
Nanjing
visit to the former Chinese capital
Shanghai
China's commercial capital and harbour, with its colonial history
Suzhou
the Chinese Garden paradise on the Great Canal