Chinese entrance tickets, the pictures
More Chinese entrance tickets! Traveling in China means visiting a lot of different and great sites. You buy your entrance ticket at the counter and once in throw it away. But do you? I didn't because many of the tickets were very nice. Worth to keep along with my diaries, slides and photos as a memory of past times. I wrote already a page about entrance tickets, which you can read here
Here's simply an additional collection of Chinese entrance tickets I have scanned to give you an idea what I am talking about. As this page contains a lot of pictures, it may take a minute before all is loaded. Please be patient. Thanks.
It is very possible if you travel right now, in 2012, to China you will find very different tickets. That makes keeping them only more collectible and memorable. I am glad I saved those tickets.
This ticket of the Tibetan temple in Hezhou has many memories for me. I had lost my backpack. All that was left was my camera (I lost all my photos too), my diary and money plus a little daypack. This had happened in Xining (backpack was stolen from the roof of the bus). Days later I was in Hezhou to try to find my way into Sichuan by trying to get a bus down south which turned out to be very problematic, see the story here.
Both Chinese entrance tickets above are from the Famensi temple not too far from Xian. I went there with a Chinese friend, hence the ticket for the foreigner, and the one for the Chinese.
I went twice to Shilin, the first time when I backpacked China. During that journey I went to the Stone Forest by bus and had to pay with FEC's, Foreign Exchange Currencies, something that would be abandoned soon after. The second time I cycled into the Stone Forest area, I didn't visit the park though.
I do not have active memories of some of the places I visited. Some of the tickets here I don't even know where they were.
Despite having been to Chengdu several times, I do not remember the above temple. This may seem strange until you know I basically have visited every temple I could find. Some of the temples were not in the city itself but in neighboring towns but the ticket still says Chengdu.
This Chinese entrance ticket is a good example of how a ticket can be more interesting than the place itself. The Lanzhou park had absolute no value. Maybe it was because here in February (I think it was 1996) and stone cold. I guess in the summer it might have been a nice stroll up and down the hill but in February it was a nasty cold place, not worth even making a photo.
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