Tag Archives: Chinatown

Chinatown crane

Thursday 10th November 2022, 10.00am (day 4,095)

Chinatown crane, 10/11/22

I’m sure it’s up to something useful. One of those shots which, I am very aware, would have benefited from better symmetry, but there’s only so much preparatory work one can do while stood in the middle of a street.

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Chinatown

Wednesday 9th February 2022, 2.50pm (day 3,821)

Chinatown, 9/2/22

I haven’t had three days in a row of Manchester pictures since February 2020 — what happened after that, I wonder. But today’s the latest burst of two-in-a-row, and with good light to boot. Manchester’s Chinatown is, in no way comparable to, say, San Francisco’s in scale (not to mention anywhere in China) but in European terms it’s sizeable enough. At this point it is possible to imagine one is far away.

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xīn nián kuài lè

Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 9.45am (day 3,814)

Lunar lanterns, 2/2/22

It’s 2/2/22, and also Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year, Tet, whatever other term you want to use). It seemed appropriate to depict this today even if I suspect I am a day late. Manchester has a large Chinese population (students or otherwise) and the city centre is decorated accordingly. I believe I should say at this point: xīn nián kuài lè .

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Dead Chinatown

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 4.20pm (day 3,365)

Dead Chinatown, 10/11/20

I’m not an economic expert, but I’ve been observing. Just audible at the moment, over the general silence of our cities, is a quiet but ominous creaking. If the arbitrary closures go on any longer than December 2nd, and the busiest month of the year is taken away from businesses like shops and pubs, expect to lose most of the independently-owned ones by March. I think Boris Johnson knows this, but the question is whether he cares enough.

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Chinatown morning

Thursday 6th February 2020, 9.10am (day 3,087)

Chinatown morning, 6/2/20

2020 has contained many things to complain about thus far, at least in the wider world, but the weather has not been amongst them. Perhaps it does foretell the melting of the world’s ecosystems somehow but believe me, it could be a lot worse. And time for the annual appearance of the Chinese lanterns on the blog, too.

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Not China

Monday 30th July 2018, 9.25am (day 2,531)

Chinatown, 30/7/18

Usually by this date in the year I am somewhere else. 2015, for example — halfway up Kilimanjaro. Last year — Whitehaven. (OK, not so exotic, but still, on holiday.) There are other examples. This year, I’m still working, at least for another few days. But walking through Chinatown on my way to work each day at least allows for some globetrotting by proxy.

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If it’s Manchester it’s a building site

Thursday 28th September 2017, 9.05am (day 2,226)

Chinatown building site, 28/9/17

A beautiful morning. Could not resist taking a photo. Could not avoid another building site. The whole city…. the whole city.

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Skip in alley, Chinatown

Wednesday 10th May 2017, 3.20pm (day 2,085)

Chinatown alley, 10/5/17

Normally, litter bins of various kinds are the bane of photographic composition (along with cars, telegraph wires and lamp-posts). But just occasionally one flowers into attractiveness, as here, I hope. Another beautiful spring day with excellent light, I hope this lasts a while.

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In Chinatown

Thursday 27th April 2017, 10.55am (day 2,072)

Chinese arch, side view, 27/4/17

Even if the Chinese Arch is visible, almost side-on, in the background. I don’t know if this is a photo of anything. I don’t think I’ve been taking photos of specific things over the last few days. This is more about colours, shapes, textures. Maybe that’s where my head is.

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Fire escapes, Chinatown

Monday 13th February 2017, 3.00pm (day 1,999)

Fire escapes, 13/2/17

The weekend was pretty grotty all round but today was a far more pleasant day of weather, particularly in Manchester. These fire escapes catch the afternoon sun very well. I also like the way this looks like it could be in New York or somewhere — one of those American cities where the fire escapes zigzag down the fronts of all the old buildings, anyway.

What ho, it’s day 1,999 of the blog. There will be a small celebration tomorrow. Assuming I don’t finally blow it and leave the camera at home.

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