Shanghai (photos 1-20) is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest urban areas in the world, with over 20 million people in its extended metropolitan area. The city is mainland China’s center for commerce and finance, and has been described as the "showpiece" of the world’s fastest-growing economy.

 In Shanghai there is a growing gay community athough muted and discreet. Gay voices (tongzhi) are becoming louder especially regarding HIV prevention and care. China has decriminalized homosexuality and also declared it is no longer considered a mental illness. Although there is no explicit law against homosexuality or same-sex acts between consenting adults, neither are there laws protecting gays from discrimination, nor are there any gay rights organizations in China. In one poll, over 80% of Chinese respondents agreed that heterosexuals and homosexuals were "equal individuals" — although ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in 2006, was denied release in the mainland.

See the information about gay Shanghai on the Utopia web site.



 Wuhan ( photos 21-30) is the capital of Hubei province, and is the most populous city in central People’s Republic of China.

Tucked away in a quiet forested area of Wuhan is Mao Zedong’s private villa, now a museum. See story.

 Xian is one of the oldest cities in China, one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China because it has been the capital (under various names) of some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history. It is also renowned for being the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and for the location of the Terracotta Army (photos 31-34), made during the Qin Dynasty, dating from 210 BC, and discovered in 1974.

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Shanghai-garden sculpture on Bund
Shanghai-garden sculpture on Bund...
Shanghai-Bund promenade
Shanghai-Bund promenade...
Shanghai-old city gate
Shanghai-old city gate...
Shanghai-busy main street
Shanghai-busy main street...
Shanghai friend
Shanghai friend...
Shanghai-waiter
Shanghai-waiter...
Shanghai-internet shop (one of many)
Shanghai-internet shop (one of many)...
Shanghai-museum
Shanghai-museum...
Shanghai-Peace Hotel entry
Shanghai-Peace Hotel entry...
Shanghai-looking toward Pudong new buildings
Shanghai-looking toward Pudong new buildings...
Shanghai-Pudong new area from Peace Hotel
Shanghai-Pudong new area from Peace Hotel...
Shanghai-sports sculpture at Olympic stadium
Shanghai-sports sculpture at Olympic stadium...
Shanghai-Bund statue and flowers
Shanghai-Bund statue and flowers...
Shanghai-wedding car ornament
Shanghai-wedding car ornament...
Shanghai-old town buildings
Shanghai-old town buildings...
Shanghai-opera/ballet theatre
Shanghai-opera/ballet theatre...
Shanghai-tangle of utility wires
Shanghai-tangle of utility wires...
Shanghai-Aida opera production, Nov.'00
Shanghai-Aida opera production, Nov.'00...
Shanghai friends
Shanghai friends...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, overview
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, overview...
Wuhan-Mao at his retreat in 1950's
Wuhan-Mao at his retreat in 1950's...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, private quarters
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, private quarters...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, meeting hall
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, meeting hall...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, garden gazebo
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, garden gazebo...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, swimming pool hall
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, swimming pool hall...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, swimming pool
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, swimming pool...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, dining room
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, dining room...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, living room (Nixon visited)
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, living room (Nixon visited)...
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, lone fisherman
Wuhan-Mao's retreat, lone fisherman...
Xian-terra cotta soldiers overview
Xian-terra cotta soldiers overview...
Xian-terra cotta soldiers
Xian-terra cotta soldiers...
Xian-terra cotta horses
Xian-terra cotta horses...
Xian-terra cotta soldiers detail
Xian-terra cotta soldiers detail...