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Offline IntoxicatedPuma

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Moving to Chengdu, any advice?
« on: September 14, 2013, 06:46:27 PM »
I'm moving to Chengdu, China at the end of the year for school.  Just wondering if anyone had any advice about cameras over there.  My dad goes to China every couple years and never really mentions anything about where you can and can't take pictures,  but he usually uses his phone and is with tour groups (he takes his students).  I'm going to be on my own and figure a DSLR might stand out a little more, plus the area i'm moving to doesn't have as many westerners as Shanghai or Beijing.  My ex gf's dad has a 5D and uses it a lot in Chengdu, but he's also ex PRC air force so I'm guessing nobody really questions him about it.  I just know I've hear a lot of horror stories about police smashing cameras just to make a point to westerners.

If anyone has any other advice on general living in China, I could probably use all the info I can get.
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Re: Moving to Chengdu, any advice?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 02:55:53 AM »
First off, that sounds awesome!

Secondly, I have no specific advice re cameras in China except of the obvious one of be cautious. No need to not use it, just to try to work out if you can first, especially in situations that might be deemed more inappropriate.

You're right - the Chinese still don't have that great of a track record with how they deal with foreigners...
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Re: Moving to Chengdu, any advice?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2013, 05:33:34 AM »
I'm hoping I can go to Tibet this spring, which means I'll be using it a ton.  I guess if I stick to tourist areas when i'm taking my pictures i'll be ok.

Can't say I really blame them for being suspicious of foreigners, the British and Japanese haven't exactly been very good friends to them in the last 200 years.
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Re: Moving to Chengdu, any advice?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013, 06:06:45 AM »
I'm hoping I can go to Tibet this spring, which means I'll be using it a ton.  I guess if I stick to tourist areas when i'm taking my pictures i'll be ok.

Can't say I really blame them for being suspicious of foreigners, the British and Japanese haven't exactly been very good friends to them in the last 200 years.
Yeah, as long as you are aware of the risks/idiosyncrasies of the country and respect their way of doing things (which I'm sure you will given you seem to have a lot of tangible links to the country through those you know; unlike a lot of tourists who treat it as if it is an extension of their own country and feel things should be done their - from my travels around the place I have always found tourists from specific countries to be the worst for this), I feel that you should be fine... And you will have an amazing time!

How long are you there for?

I wonder if the Great Firewall blocks the t2iforum? :P
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Re: Moving to Chengdu, any advice?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013, 06:09:05 PM »
If you are taking a picture that you think MAY be controversial, it IS and will be frowned upon.  Buildings and landscapes should not be a problem.  People may be.  Enjoy this adventure.  When you're old and gray it will be one of the stories you will bore people with over and over again. :-)
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Re: Moving to Chengdu, any advice?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013, 04:24:48 AM »
I'm guessing the forum won't be blocked lol, otherwise I won't be able to post pictures because facebook is blocked haha.  I'll be there for at least a year maybe longer, guess it depends on what I find to do over there after I'm done with school.
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