It's always difficult to choose just a few photographs from the thousands taken every year, but sometimes fun to reflect on the past year.
This candid shot was bagged at the foot of the Great Wall of China, just outside the capital of Beijing. For a communist country where capitalism officially does not exist I have never seen so many businesses trying to eke a living from whatever opportunity exists - this market stall holder was selling to the many tourists making their way to the Great Wall in the heat. She was observing yet another coach load of tourists who had appeared and were snapping away at the amazing structure - obviously thinking that she had seen it a million times before!
The smog in and around Beijing is world famous. However, on the day of our visit the views were spectacular.
The world famous cormorant fishermen - above, taking a well earned cigarette break, and in action below with the cormorants. It was a privilege to watch him at work, but very challenging to photograph as he fishes at night and flash would have not worked in the conditions. So I ramped up the ISO to max and although grainy, the images undoubtedly tell the story.
The contrasts in China could not be more polarized - poverty is everywhere, as are massive infrastructure and building projects. The riverside in the Pu dong district of Shanghai a typical example of the unrelenting pace of change. Below, the waterfront of Hong Kong has archive images depicting fashion influenced by the British. Twenty First century teenagers provide modern contrast.
In the Forbidden City, families dress up in traditional costume for a portrait or two - this young girl thrilled at the attention from a visitor, but a little apprehension from her brother in the background! Below, the stunning architecture of the forbidden city was a joy to photograph.
Below, locals tuck into the treats on offer at a night food market in Beijing.
Tasty treats included silk worm pupae, deep fried scorpion, and these wonderful centipede type insects. Great value at 3 for ¥1! (approx 30p)
The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, has the most amazing domes. Spectacular. As is it's neighbour, Hagia Sophia.