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Breaking out of our self-made prisons~

self made prisons~ Kashgar

It has been said that the chains that bind us are mostly self-manufactured by our own self-esteem and pride. Personal development is an uncomfortable journey upward and into the unknown, if only we dare.

Day 54 of 365~ 

Image taken in the entrance to the old tea house in Kashgar, Xinjiang

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Qibao, Inside the Time Capsule

unbreakable friendships~ Qibao
unbreakable friendships
Time's indellible stamp~ Qibao
time’s indelible stamp
stolen sketches of a lost theater~ Qibao
stolen sketches of a lost theater
breaking ground~ Qibao
breaking ground
If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you~ Qibao
if I wanted your opinion I’d give it to you
softening the hard reality~ Qibao
softening the hard reality
who said Triad~ Qibao
who said Triad?
a controlled sea of humanity~ Qibao
a controlled sea of humanity

Hidden inside the massively dense Shanghai Metropolis is a quaint, albeit crowded small world of tradition. Bridges over water, narrow old streets, a wide variety of delicious street food and a beautiful old tea house.

In the tea house, mostly old men gather to drink tea and watch story telling theaters on a stage that echoes with ancient times.

Each time I go back there, I find the same people, doing the same things, as though they are caught in a time capsule and every day must be relived as it was the day before.

Nearby are the green lanes, where door after door girls and women offer their services for a price. Tickets to their worlds are sold on the main street of the old village.

Heartbreaking, surreal and intoxicating is Qibao.