Doors and More From China

I’m posting more doors and other stuff from the Hongqiao Scenic Spot area (location in my last blog).

When I saw this first photo I was interested in the mop propped in the doorway.  It looked like Harry Potter was visiting here and left his broomstick outside.  The wooden door is conveniently in the back of the mop.

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I wanted to shoot some portrait shots of the people in China but many will turn away when they see you with your camera pointed their way (actually no different than what you may experience in any country).  This lady vendor was selling some beans from her cart.  She probably didn’t know that I was photographing her but now she may be famous with her photo posted on the worldwide web.

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The third photo was an interesting find because of the shoes left outside the door, a common Asian custom, but these homes and shops border the walkways where many residents, vendors and visitors pass by daily; guess there are no shoe thieves here.

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Door #116 is not in front of a laundry or dry cleaning business although laundry is seen drying above the balcony.  It’s probably the Chinese version of the Italian Isle of Burano where the Italians hang out their laundry between all of the colorful buildings for the tourists to take photos of.

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The fifth photo is another look at the plank panels but here, the owner makes sure they are installed properly by numbering each panel (I’m surprised that they are using arabic numerals instead of Chinese character numbers; perhaps a westerner is doing business here?  However, the numbers are being read from right to left which is confusing).

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This photo is for Norm since he favors doors with bicycles; but this is a tri-pedal cart.  Notice the seat covering; I’ve seen many plastic bags acquire a second life as bike seat covers in China.

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The last photo for this post is a cook in front of an open door in what appears to be a tiny kitchen if you can call it that.  My guess is he only sells takeout and is taking an order by cellphone…

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Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog.  For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

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20 thoughts on “Doors and More From China

  1. What a great selection you found for this week’s post! I like the arch way of the door with the 4 pink banners. Wondering what they say?

    The bike is cool, and I wonder if that guy gives out samples before buying? Wondering if his food is good? 🙂 What a tiny kitchen!

    It is weird to see our numbers written in backward order, but I love the color of the wood, and that slanted slightly curved tiled roof.

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    1. Thanks Deborah! Unfortunately, I neither speak, read or write Chinese so your guess would be as good as mine. Sometimes I wonder, why didn’t the owner of the planks write the numbers on the reverse side so it doesn’t show on the outside (you could still line them up in the correct order but it just wouldn’t show on the outside). I guess they just wanted to give us door hunters a photo opt 🙂

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      1. I wonder why they put the numbers on with permanent ink? You would think they’d paint or stain over the numbers.

        Or, maybe they find the number beautiful and interesting to see like I do their letters and characters.

        It was a pretty great door to find!

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  2. Great photos. Those numbers are intriguing, maybe the person writing them was left-handed. I am, and it would be so much easier if I could write from right to left. We used fountain pens and ink when I was in primary school and I found it almost impossible to avoid smudging my words as I wrote them.

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  3. Awesome door finds. What a beautiful photo of the lady selling beans. You should use the numbered doors for the Daily Post photo challenge which just happens to be numbers this week 😎

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  4. I’m intrigued by the photo of the door with the numbered panels, but it’s not the door that caught my attention, but the roof! What a work of art. I still haven’t quite figured out its construction.

    … and the plastic bag on the bike seat? I live in a predominantly Chinese neighbourhood and this is something I see ALL THE TIME. I really don’t understand what exactly the plastic bag is intended to solve … but I’m guessing to keep the seat dry for the rider’s return.

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