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24 April 2007 @ 07:36 pm
Now that I've got that out of my system.

I put some photos of Beijing up on Flickr using the painfully slow connection at my hostel last week.


When I'm feeling sufficiently de-communist-ized, I'll start putting up some North Korea photos as well. They are, how you say, quite something, though many fine photographic opportunities were lost through the constant policing by our tour guides.
foom23 on April 24th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
I added you as a Flickr contact!
goratrixgoratrixx on April 25th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Wow, Nicole, some of those pictures were really amazing. They really inspire me to check out Bejing and other parts of China. However my India travel buddy would be appauled with me - after spending a week and a half in McLeod Ganj in India, the city where the Dalai Lama lives and that is the main Tibetan refugee community in India (there's more Tibetans there than Indians there) it's hard not to want to avoid any support of China through an investment of your tourist dollars if only for it's horrific government. Nevertheless I really loved my 24 hour stop-over in Shanghai, I'll show you some of my pictures from there one day. That city is Fucking Bladerunner through and through, it's awesome.
Nicolematcha_pocky on April 25th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Well, given I just came back from North Korea, I don't have much of a leg to stand on in the not-giving-money-to-totalitarian-regimes stakes, but I can't help but feel that the more foreigners go there and the more the country opens up, the less they'll be able to get away with all the grabby stuff. At least in China, your tourist dollar goes to shop vendors and people who run hostels and carve ugly jade ornaments and sell knockoff DVDs. In North Korea, all your spending goes directly to the state, a third of which they then spend on the military.

The other option, of course, is that they grow strong on our tourist dollars and swallow the world :)
hermia sometimeshermia8 on April 25th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)