Sunday, May 15, 2011


breakfast, originally uploaded by china.sixty4.

early morning breakfast "cart" - central Huaihua, Huaihua, Hunan, China. - We visited Huaihua for the day

photo: mark hobbs


arc, originally uploaded by china.sixty4.

busy street central Zhuzhou, Hunan, China

photo: mark hobbs

she # 2

she # 2, originally uploaded by china.sixty4.

its been 369 days since Cecilia and I were married. Everyday she makes me laugh, smile and always wonder how I got so lucky. Cecilia thank you.

photo: mark hobbs

Saturday, May 07, 2011


starlight, originally uploaded by china.sixty4.

apartment buildings east of the city - zhuzhou, hunan, china

photo: mark hobbs

canteen - room(s) with dust # 1

abandoned canteen forth floor "canteen building" - Hunan University of Technology - Zhuzhou, Hunan, China

photo: mark hobbs

Hunan chili

Hunan chili, originally uploaded by china.sixty4.

chili - market stall - central Zhuzhou, Hunan, China

Hunan is a land of gentle hills, capable of producing a great deal of food. The northeastern section of Hunan falls in the the Middle Yangtze Plain, a fertile agricultural area. Chinas second largest lake, Dongting Lake, is located in the far northeast portion of the province.

Across China using chili in cooking is as common as the Italians using garlic - It is simply part of the flavor. Nowhere in China uses chili to more effect than in Hunan. Szechuan is ofcourse famous for its hot chili spiced food.

Hunan Cuisine, is often spicier than Szechuan cuisine by pure chili content, it contains a larger variety of fresh ingredients and it tends to be oilier, and is said to be purer and simpler in taste.

In every street market and modern supermarket across the province, chili in all it's various varieties can be found, chili can be dried, ground to a fine powder, mixed with oil and of course fresh. There are several varieties of chili usually available, the most popular being the hot red chili (know in the west as birds eye chili) it is both cheap and plentiful

Hunan's culinary repertoire consists of more than 4,000 dishes, including Dong'an Chicken, Crispy Duck, Orange Beef, and Spicy "Kung Pao" chicken.

photo: mark hobbs