Sunday, November 28, 2010

Country-style, Guangdong province

Three full years since we visited this jewel in Guangdong province.
Full six hours from Guangzhou takes the drive, yet the rewards are always full of delights.

Our lunch today is typical local fare, it includes : Soup of duck, pig's intestines, stir fried spring onions with Dofu (Tofu), young green locally grown vegetables in a soup, diced duck  with herbs,  with Soy sauce and garlic dip.

It's Pomelo's  season, the pink huge citrus fruits are found everywhere in the markets here. We love the pink fruits, eaten prior to the main dishes  they add to your eating experience.

The meal is rounded off with excellent green tea, grown  on  mountains nearby.

Our friends are teachers of the local High school, barrages of questions from wisdom-seeking students await us when entering there.

Earlier article : Lychees, Longans and Pagodas

Friday, November 26, 2010

Han Great Wall Ruins Found in West China's Gansu

A new section of the ancient Great Wall built in the early Han Dynasty has just been found at Jinta County, in northwest China's Gansu Province.

A new section of the ancient Great Wall built in the early Han Dynasty has just been found at Jinta County, in northwest China's Gansu Province.

The finding comes from a field research program on the pre-Ming Dynasty Great Wall. So far, the Han Great Wall ruins discovered in the remote western parts of the country span 320 kilometers.

The section was found in a desert in Jinta, near Yumen City, said Tao Yule, deputy curator of the Jinta Museum. Judging from the ruins, the fortification was built of pounded sand and desert shrub branches. A clear shape and winding direction are still visible after more than 2,000 years. Half of the section is in fair condition.

Jinta County is located in the mid section of the Hexi corridor in western Gansu Province. Hexi refers to the region west of the Yellow River to the West Lake in Dunhuang, over 500 km from the Jiayuguan Pass. 

Field research on the early Great Wall kicked off this March and recently concluded. In addition to the 24-km Han Great Wall, new findings also include 18 balefire stages and 4 military defenses.

Hengshan in Hunan in the Qing Dynasty

Recently, the site survey in Hengshan County Shizhi Ban accidentally discovered the cloud to open the town of Hengshan County Community Zijin Group 7 (the original meaning of Hengshan County An Zhenming Delhi) on already a dangerous place to be demolished the old buildings of Qing Dynasty – Luo Courtyard, after extensive investigation, interviewed after being confirmed as the father of Ma Ying-jeou Ma Heling’s former residence. Unfortunately, because Luo house in Hengshan County is in the range of open Yunnan Road Development, Housing section has been removed.
Hengshan County, according to Director Xiong Zhongrong Shizhi Ban introduced in autumn 1924, Mr. Ma Lian Ma Heling’s father, mother and Ms. Xiang Shitai to avoid the Bandit, his family moved to suburban MingDeli Hengshan County, lived along the triangle pings. At that time, Ma Heling just 4 years old, rented their house in housing is the Law. Law, according to the original house in households aged 81 Peach Luo drunk old memories, Luo into the big house has two, that is, the first into the lobby, lobby on each side of three rooms, rooms have a row of houses on both sides, close to the rear of the front hall is a rectangular courtyard, through the courtyard into the second, including both sides of the hall and 3 rooms. Luo Tao said the old man drunk, his grandfather Luogu Wu, father Luo Qinghui have said: Mahe Ling lived in a second into the hall to the right of the three rooms, the Luo Tao drunk old right wing family lived in the vestibule outside a row of houses there, and their The windows are opposite each other can be separated from the dialogue window.
1927 年 11 30, the father of Mr. Ma Lian Ma Heling Luo house in illness in the death of 60-year-old to enjoy life, remains the Xiang River by boat from the pier back Heng Jia Yan Ma, buried in Xiangtan County Grace Temple in the village of tea a piece of farmland into Shuangyang. At this point, Mahe Ling on side 7 years old. Since then, Mahe Ling and Trillium brother, sister, mother-to-cloud’s difficult to follow the British to survive, much difficult. Mother-to-Ling’s support to the crane into useful materials, for example in the county crane Ling Primary School, primary school that morning (today Hengshan County Experimental Primary School) to study, to December 1935 admitted to the junior high school aged five classes studying Medicine and Rehabilitation. December 1937 and entered the twenty-three classes of high school study Medicine and Rehabilitation. December 1940 admitted to the Law and Politics Department of the Central Political University study. 4-year-old from preschool (1924) to high school graduation (1940), a total of 16-year period, Mahe Ling has lived in Mountain. Although 6 years is a secondary school in Yue Yun, Yue Yun high school but at this time in 1935 in the Southern Mountain Branch Campus began in 1938, moved to main campus and from Changsha, Hengshan, and Mahe Ling is studying in junior high school campuses beginning, So, this time, Mahe Ling Mountain has not left the land.
16 years, Mahe Ling Luo a big house to live in more than 3 years time, after which they had rented near the Ming Deli Delta Song Jiaci Tang Ping, Xiao Jia Citang, has also lived in the west of Whitehead Lane before. Unfortunately, the site of these places are old and destroyed because of their age, and because the elderly have already passed away, it can not understand living in this specific situation. Mountain life and forged a bond of Mahe Ling, in the memorable Hengshan spent his teenage years, having completed the elementary, middle and high school. Mountain land is nurtured his growing legend in his life left a good memory, have an important role. This is exactly the Mahe Ling and his own family’s place of origin be an important factor in the Mountain.
present, Romania has stopped the dismantling of the Courtyard, pending disposal of the relevant departments to make decisions.
Ma Heling its people
Mahe Ling, 1920 Lunar New Year was born November 9, Law and Politics Department of the Central Political University graduate, had served for many years in the Kuomintang army. Went to Taiwan, a former KMT vice chairman of the Central Discipline Inspection and Evaluation. Old age is committed to the development of cross-strait peace and unity, peace-building was the World Association for World Federation of Chinese President. He is currently the Chairman of the KMT Central Committee, the Chief Executive of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou’s father. Although he was born in Xiangtan County, Ma Jia Yan Monastery in front, but has put himself and the whole family, including his younger brother Ma Yanling, a native son of Ma Ying-jeou as the Mountain, and death the same.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Magic of Cheung Chau (II)

Cheung Chau (II)

Another set of pictures. 
From the island 

All peace lies on Cheung Chau.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Magic of Cheung Chau

Imaginary beauty awaits one on this magnificent tell-tale spot of all Islands in the South China Sea.
Whenever venturing out here your mind will return back to days when you confronted with less stress and
One deserves this treat - at least once in a lifetime - relaxing near the surf, enjoying a leisurely stroll beside the fishing Harbor, enjoying a high caliber protein laden seafood dinner with candle light, before retiring with the sounds of the waves into a relaxing sleep. 
All this happens on the Island of Cheung Chau, so next time don't miss out on it.
Some pictures from the amazing Island :

Thursday, November 18, 2010

More - art and more - AAE

Do you love art? Then, which form of art ? 
Here we are confronted with zig options. Daily. 
Paintings, sculptures, photography, and much more 

I found pleasure in collecting art on porcelain.
I fell in love with master pieces I saw, crafted by 
artisans of immense skill.

On many occasions did I visit their simple workshops, sometimes
in freezing conditions, sometimes in scorching heat.

I am drawn to them for the beauty they create.
Timeless, everlasting.

Their work will remain when they are long gone.

We honor them, we owe so much to them for 
letting us share their vision and beauty.

Art  AAE  

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ming Qu - re-live the Ming Dynasty

This city in central China is being rebuilt from scratch, a mammoth project on all levels.
All old buildings - mainly built during the Mao area are being razed to the ground, and replaced by new, modern buildings.
The city has embarked on a ten year campaign to complete modernization.

A historic place since thousands years, the city carries its heritage to a new modern futuristic design, where old and new is blended in harmony.

Here we see the replica of the Temple in Kaifeng being rebuilt, along with several other Ming style buildings. I watched carpenters trim and plane wood logs to join them in the traditional way.

No nail is found in ancient chinese buildings, and so it is kept till today. Planks, trusses are joined with wooden pegs into a harmonious design of pure wood art craftsmanship.

A scent of pine and fir can be found all over the new buildings. Apart from the fact that fir trees are used for construction, nothing but sheer beauty and architectural ancient chinese delights.

Will venture to another marvel to report here with more pictures soon.

from China


Friday, November 12, 2010

Art story

Art story:

World of Kublai Khan

Under the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), China, for the first time in its long history, was subjugated by foreign conquerors, becoming part of the Mongol Empire. Yet during this century of occupation, Chinese culture not only survived but was renewed, and Yuan artists established new paradigms that had a profound influence on painting and calligraphy during the ensuing Ming dynasty (1368–1644).
The installation is organized chronologically into three sections. The first section, which focuses on the period from 1280 to 1350, illustrates the response of literati living in south China to Mongol occupation. Having withdrawn from government service out of loyalty to the fallen Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) or having been prevented from serving due to the cessation of civil service examinations, these men often found sanctuary in the alternate bureaucracies of the Daoist or Buddhist religious establishments. Turning to art to express their emotions, they created escapist visions of unattainable paradises or wintry landscapes in which old trees became a metaphor for survival.

Mongols ruled China from 1271 - 1368 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dinner 4-2 - not the usual type

We all look for something special to eat once in a while. When I stayed in Ayudhya province in Thailand this wish almost became too much to bear.

Venturing out daily into surrounding areas I would enjoy local dishes from grilled chicken and Khao Neyou sticky rice, and Papaya Salads. 

After work there was always ample opportunity to savor Thailand's great cuisine. Some of the most impressive moments were spent alongside the deadliest creatures.

One evening, before closing up, I was sitting in my office when I received a call from the main gate to come and join the workers for dinner.

When driving past the main gate, I found a crowd of 10 Thais, from security and Management, personal friends of the Big guy (waving long hair) inviting me to chilly friend Cobra.

It would take some minutes I was told, whilst watching the 2.7 m Cobra being skinned and  gutted. Not the best views to raise one's appetite, but those who engaged in the skillful operation had no such thoughts in mind.

Need less to say, the look of the blood drenched hands of the butchers, the half skinned Naja Naja made me  nauseous I declined politely, yet brought myself to take some everlasting shots, some of which I dare not to show here.

This is our shot of today :
Naja Naja 

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010