Book One Photographs from Chibi


This is what I looked like around that time in my life.
This is what I looked like around that time in my life.

When my book ‘Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story’ was published, I began work on collating all the travel stories and interesting events from particular places (irrespective of when I was there) into a series of books that are part travelogue but which broaden the field of my life’s experiences in China – something which I could not do in the first book because it would have been too big.

In Book One of those travel adventures, I talk about a number of different times I traveled to Chibi Village and Puqi (Chibi City) in Hubei Province. On this page today, I have collated from the articles listed below, a few photographs which I have tried to present sequentially as a trip to Chibi Town and Chibi City/Puqi. Each has a little commentary which might only make sense if you actually read the articles or eventually buy the book.

I hope you enjoy this presentation.

My First Trip to Chibi
Return Trip to Chibi Sunday 23rd November 2003
Christianity is alive in China
Puqi Follow up Photographs
Puqi Adoptees
Where is Puqi?China Map
Wikipedia – Chibi City

I apparently forgot to change the date on my camera when I came back from the future.

Waiting for the barge to arrive on the Honghu side of the Yangtze River. Both sides of the approach had various stores from which to buy things or sit down and eat. One shop owner’s little daughter could regularly be seen in Xindi – begging.
Close up of the barge on the Honghu side of the Yangtze River
Hong Hu side of the barge crossing to Chibi Town. The water level is very high. With more storms from the typhoon south of Shanghai, the river side of the levee will soon be flooded.
Honghu side of the barge crossing. Taken in May of 2003 showing a lower Yangtze River level.
A photo of the young and handsome ‘Moi’ on his first trip across the Yangtze River. Well – I was younger anyway.
Although the famous Three Kingdoms battle was fought 2000 years ago, this painted carving at Chibi is at least 1000 years old.
This Landing sits just to the side of the carving in the photograph above and is reached by a long and steep set of stairs.
Looking at the Yangtze River from the nice landing under the Red Carving at Chibi
If you look carefully, you will see the rock carving and the nice landing dock way up there above all those rocks. The Changjiang/Yangtze River is running very low.
This is the goat track between the riverbank docking and the museum at Chibi Village
This is the barge and in front of the blue truck you can see the goat track leading up to the village.
A genuine photo of the probably fake ancient Museum at Chibi with an Ancient foreigner standing in front of it. In case you didn’t notice the date, the photo was taken years from now with a new camera that I won’t know how to operate.

Information from a sign at Chibi: The Red Cliff (also called Chibi in Mandarin), an ancient battlefield in the period of the three Kingdoms period, is located 38 km northwest of the city of Chibi, Hubei Province, where the famous ancient battle took place in the history of China.

In 208 AD, the joined army ruled by Liu Bei and Sun Quan defeated Cao Cao here, which is one of the typical examples of the weak defeating the strong, the less defeating the more. After this battle, the three kingdoms — Wei, Shu and Wu came into being. In this battle, the most famous story is Zhuge Liang borrowed the southeast wind and burning the cliffs. Now, Chibi is the only one of the ancient battlefields, which remains as its original appearance. It just lies at the Three Gorges. It is put down on the list of the important historical sites to be given special protection.

Chibi ancient battlefield contains the following scenic sports; Carvings on the Cliff, Stone Statue to Zhou Yu, Wind-praying Platform, the Museum of the Red Cliff Battle, the Young Phonetic Nunnery, Pang Tong’s Well, as well as Yi Jiang Pavilion, Wang Pavilion and Stele Corridor, Etc.

My three Chinese sons. L-R QC, Zhan Yan and MX in front of the statue of Zhou Yu at Chibi.
This photograph of the Terra Cotta Warriors was taken by MX on my camera when he escorted some American Volunteer Teachers to Chibi prior to starting my school’s Summer Camp for teachers in 2004.
The temple we were looking for when we stumbled upon a Catholic Church and which still has visitors and worshippers.
To the right of the temple was this circular entrance which led down a corridor between two buildings, and eventually leads to a prayer room.
Perhaps this was once a watchtower. From there you travel to a room with slate tablets and an open courtyard
This is the levee road at Chibi in front of the Buddhist/Taoist Temple. You can’t make it out but there are fish fillets drying out on the right side of it. The Yangtze is further to the right.
The local Catholic people at Chibi who I interrupted with my unannounced visit. They were not sure if ‘the God’ (Ming Xing’s translation) would be pleased or angry if I took a photo of the altar, so we sat in chairs off to the side and had a photo taken together
A hot fire to warm the hands on a cold Christmas Day in 2003. On the stool you can see my bowl of sugar soup in which were two poached eggs, and beside it, a nice piece of bread.
They thought it funny that the foreigner didn’t bring a translator with him on Christmas Day.
Father Timothy is laughing because the old man next to him was sound asleep and I was preparing to take his photo. As I took the photo, the man lifted his head.
A group photo outside of the house before I left for the bus stop. Father Timothy is the tall handsome young man in black at the back.
I told my friends that I wanted to go to Chibi City to see the Priests to talk about abandoned babies. Both of them decided to go with me. Tobias on the left and C. Yang on the right in Puqi.
Scenery between Chibi town and Puqi
The bath and some local scenery in Puqi
Looking down to the river bank from the bridge as we began to walk across it. You can’t see in this photo just how many people there were out of view toward the bridge – some of which were naked.
Adventurous boys climbing the pylons of the bridge. I have no idea where they were intent on going or how they got down.
Is this a pagola or a pagoda? I really don’t know. It just looked nice on the hill before the bridge.
A view of the bridge we had to cross. You can appreciate now the feat of the boys climbing the pylons.
Di Mao De Catholic Church. The Chinese sign reads ‘Catholic Church’
Father Joseph on the left and Father Timothy on the right. Two wonderful evangelical Catholics.
Father Joseph in his office
Inside the Church at Puqi – photographs permitted by Father Joseph
Father Tian right behind the nuns holding the flowers with Father Timothy to ‘his’ left. Photo courtesy of Father Joseph.
Photographs courtesy of Father Joseph.
Photographs courtesy of Father Joseph
No need to fear being bored when everyone wants to look at, touch and speak to a foreigner. The foreigner is behind the camera dummy!

I hope you have enjoyed these photographs. The links at the top of the page will take you to the original stories in which there are many more photographs.

While Book One of Stories of China has not yet been published, ‘Finding Myself in China : A Politically Incorrect Story’ has been published. It can only be purchased in PDF format. If you would like to know why this is so, You can read about the reasons in Holding Authors to Ransom  – and – How much in royalties do book authors get paid?

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Author: R.P. BenDedek

R.P. BenDedek was born in 1953 and grew up in Brisbane Australia. 2003 to 2017 he has been teaching in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was the temporary editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and currently has a column at He is the author of a chronological history of ancient Israel titled 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and author of 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.

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