Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ayi* on Wheels

Ayi on Wheels
A memory from the last trip to Yunnan, where women of age, besides wearing the compulsory white gloves, over-sleeves and those iridescent sun-masks that make them look like astronauts, gear up their electric bikes with these spectacular umbrellas.

*Ayi: literally “auntie”, it is also the general term used to address ladies that seem past their young age.

Yunnan Tiger Tiles

Yunnan Tiger
Apparently, in some places in Yunnan province they decorate their rooftops with these creepy clay cats/tigers that eat evil spirits and look slightly burtonesque.
This one was spotted in captivity at the Yunnan Provincial Museum in Kunming,but it was an imposing specimen anyway.