Snap Shots: Beijing Tripping

Tiananmen Square at dusk.

I’m getting excited about my upcoming trip to Beijing, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite pix from my last trip. Enjoy!

Changing of the guard.

Snoozy kitties at No Name Bar next to Hou Hai Lake.

Great Wall at Mutianyu

Slide down the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Men posted at the turns would shout "Slow Down!" I think that just made us want to go faster.

End of the road - crumbling wall at Mutianyu.


Natural Horn Jewelry Collection from Vietnam – New Shipment!

Horn Cuffs/Bracelets from Vietnam

I’m super excited about our new collection of horn jewelry, handcrafted by Vietnamese artisans. These pieces really look great with everything. Admittedly, I’ve got a bit of a horn jewelry obsession. I first stumbled on some pieces last January in Hoi An. I’ve been road testing a number of pieces, and I’m delighted with how they look and wear. The variation in color is just so cool and classic looking. Horn is incredibly light weight, so it packs a lot of visual punch without weighing you down. I wore my horn earrings to the beach in Koh Samui, and they held up great – sun and sand – no problem! So I was excited when I found more horn jewelry on my last trip to Saigon. Here are some of the pieces I found.
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Greg Girard – Capturing Asia’s Breathtaking Growth

Last week I visited the Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver, Canada – home to photographer Greg Girard. Greg has been photographing Asia since 1987 and has published a series of wonderful books documenting the shifting landscapes of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hanoi.

His first book “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City” (with Ian Lambot) documented the last years of Hong Kong’s Walled City which was knocked down in 1992. A world of it’s own, the city connected 300 separate high rise buildings built piecemeal (without architects) and home to more than 33,000 people. A highrise “shantytown” governed by the Triads, and with high rates of prostitution, gambling and drug use, the government began an eviction process which started in 1987 and culminated in its demolition in 5 years later.

In 2007, “Phantom Shanghai” was published, documenting Shanghai’s transformation from a city of languishing European architecture to a city of over 4000 towering metal and glass skyscrapers. In it’s relentless pursuit of modernity, Shanghai has been ridding itself of the past. Girard’s color saturated photos capture this dying world and evoke the deep melancholy of a history lost.

Most recently Girard has published “Hanoi Calling – One Thousand Years Now”. He documents the day to day life of the city on the eve of it’s thousand year anniversary. It’s a private and intimate view into an ancient yet modern city.

For more information on Greg Girard, go to his website here.