Bouncing between Chengdu and Chongqing with Uncle Hu

Travel, Travel | by Sascha Matuszak
Posted: August 10th, 2011 | Updated: August 10th, 2011 | Comments
China Photography_travel photography_chinese culture_chinese landscapes Uncle Hu, aka Sichuan's two greatest cities, Chongqing and Chengdu (don't tell Chongqing that I lumped them in with Sichuan though...). He has spent half of his life in one city and the other half in the other. Below are some images that tell a little bit about each city, through the eyes of Uncle Hu.>>> My life has been closely connected with two of the cities in Southwest China. I was born in Chengdu, and I’ve lived there for about 20 years until I went to a college in Chongqing a few years ago. I have many memories and deep emotions connected with these two cities. People are always comparing Chengdu to Chongqing, but I would doubt whether those who quickly distinguish between good or bad have lived in either city for long enough to judge. Chengdu and Chongqing give people totally different impressions. As an old saying goes, Ba mountains and Shu rivers(“巴山蜀水”), which represents the beautiful landscape of Sichuan Province (which Chongqing used to belong to). But if you read this saying separately, you can just find the way to describe these two cities. Ba is the name of Chongqing in ancient times, and Chengdu was called Shu for a long long time. Mountains can remind us of some masculine images, while rivers are often related to tender ones. As a mountainous city surrounded by steep hills, Chongqing, like a warrior, has a magnificent, vast and kind of grotesque appearance. But as a city on the plains, Chengdu is more like an ancient scholar with its smooth and delicate demeanor. There are so many differences between Chengdu and Chongqing, but  I love them both very much. I’ve been inspired by two characteristics since I moved from Chengdu to Chongqing:  being both sentimental and tough at the same time. I have been kind of a “walkaholic” since I was in high school. I enjoy walking around watching people and things I come across. However, when I picked up my first camera, I realized photography is just the very way to start up a private communication with my cities. I can feel the great power flowing in the city streets through my lens. I prefer 35mm rangefinder cameras and 35mm lenses, for they have provided me a brand new warm way to look at everything around me.

“Abbey Road in Chengdu”. That’s what I call this photo. These four fellows passing by a couple sitting in Sichuan University look just like the Beatles did on the cover of their album Abbey Road.

An old man doing exercise in Wangjiang Park, which is famous for a large variety of bamboo. Doesn’t it look like some kind of Kung-Fu?

An old man resting on Changbin Street along the Yangtze River. Buildings on the other side of the river are looming far away. There are many pathways down to the riverside in Chongqing. They are usually long and narrow. This one is just near Chaotianmen Harbor. A man selling stewed food in the corner of a street in front of a dragon statue. Steep hills can be seen even in the central part of Chongqing. This one is covered with green ivy. Taken near Jialing River Bridge. All photos © Uncle Hu/Biomadman To hit the streets and see more from Uncle Hu's lens, check out his Flickr Photostream here.
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