Day 49: Lanzhou (兰州) – August 5

Visiting the Gansu State Museum, we were rewarded spectacularly with the last leg of a country-wide tour of Li Zijian (李自健)’s masterpieces. Never heard of this artist before? Neither have I, but I swear this guy can draw so well, he may have overtaken Monet in drawing emotions from the viewers. The pictures are purposely taken with the frame in view, otherwise you would totally believe these are actually perfectly constructed pictures.

One on spectrum, he captures the perfect moment between mother and daughter, and the other he captures the rugged features of everybody he draws. From the perfectly captured light, face of each person, to the realistic draping of cloth and most importantly to the eyes that can tell a story on its own. His paintings can be categorized into themes, and he captures the human element in a true and raw form, generating emotions in the viewer like a strong photograph. The problem is, I don’t think you can even take pictures as nice as these…..

The museum was definitely one of the better ones we’ve seen so far, and definitely one of my personal favorites worldwide! To make the experience even better, extremely knowledgeable VOLUNTEERS were there to walk through each and every piece. Highly recommended!!

The rest of the day was spent shopping for first world necessities to ready us for the rural escapade up ahead! We’re heading back into the hills of mother nature next.
And for dinner? K F C babyyyy!!! Taking a much needed break from Szechuan and Halal foods….

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