Finding Myself in China: The Sichuan region is designated as a global hotspot for biodiversity, ... 12,000 species of plants and 1,122 species of vertebrates, the area includes more than half of the habitat for the Earth's wild giant panda population. The photographs displayed here were actually taken in 2006.
Da Xiong Mao - Panda Bears in Sichuan
by R.P. BenDedek (11:48 AM 1/27/2015 Beijing Time)
During 2014/2015 in preparation for publication of my book "Finding Myself in China," I have been transferring to Kingscalendar.com all of my articles which were only ever published at Magic City Morning Star. This is one of them. It was originally published in December of 2009. The article has been edited, has additional text and has more photographs some of which may also be found scattered throughout other files on Sichuan. I do know that there are four of these photographs in the file titled A Photographic Introduction to Chengdu.
Photos from the Panda Reserve
I have in the past made two trips to Sichuan and have written about my experiences. Recently - in 2009 - I was sent an email about the devastation to the Panda environment caused by the recent earthquake. I decided to use a photograph for the 'Photo of the Day' series and while looking for links to my Sichuan experiences, I came across an article in which I stated that I would soon create a file to show off pandas. Since I never did that, I have created this article to give you a look at some Red Pandas and other things at the park in Sichuan. If you want to know more about the park, you can go to this link http://www.panda.org.cn - Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and read in English.
The photographs displayed here were actually taken in 2006 when I accompanied my friend Zhang Mingxing to Chengdu. MX as I often refer to him as, had been a student in my earliest English classes in China, and he and his family had welcomed me into their home and lives. When he headed off to Chengdu City in preparation for commencing college in 2006, I went with him so that we could both have a chance to see a little of the area. On the day that we visited the Panda reserve, we did not actually see many Pandas and from memory that had something to do with the breeding program there. Nevertheless it was an interesting place to visit.
One of the Signs in the Park Read:
JANUARY - FEBRUARY: Raising cubs, panda training MARCH-MAY: Courtship and falling in love, breeding, cubs grow to adolescence, panda training JUNE-JULYCubs grow to adolescence, campsites available, egret watching AUJUST-OCTOBER: Baby pandas are born, maternal carre, hand-rearing, panda training NOVEMBER-DECEMBER: Maternal care, hand rearing, panda training. (Spelling for August as per sign.)
Another Sign Read
Ecological tourism is a special kind of tourism that is designed for cultural and natural special regions. It conserves the natural environment and helps to improve the living conditions of the residents. Besides, it helps the tourists get a deeper understanding and approval of the natural environment and local cultural customs. An ecological tour can provide you refreshment into the wild nature as well as the experience of another new culture. It will help you to understand and know the local natural environment and cultural characteristics as much as possible. At the same time, it also teaches you how to conserve and respect the wild lives. Therefore, our descendents may have the same opportunity to cisit this uncontaminated zoological garden.http://www.panda.org.cn - Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
The earthquake in Sichuan, southwestern China,... left around 69,000 people dead and 15 million people displaced.
Giant pandas are more endangered than ever since the 2008 Sichuan earthquake... 23 percent of the pandas' habitat in the study area was destroyed, and fragmentation of the remaining habitat could hinder panda reproduction.
The Sichuan region is designated as a global hotspot for biodiversity, ... 12,000 species of plants and 1,122 species of vertebrates, the area includes more than half of the habitat for the Earth's wild giant panda population.
One Of These Creatures Escaped the Park - The Other is a Red Panda.
There is a little bit of walking to do in the park.
In this next photo we can see MX walking through a bamboo grove.
I can't remember what this next photo is actually of.
You'll just have to go and see for yourself. Just remember that these photos are 8 years old.
This lovely little lake was home to all manner of birds including black swans.
The birds were not just restricted to the lake
An illicit photograph below:
At one point we entered a building in which there were displayed many hundreds of different kinds of butterfly and as you can see above, I took at least one photograph. Actually I took a few. As we were leaving this section, MX called my name and when I turned to see what he wanted, he was just standing there pointing at a sign. I walked over to have a look. It read: "No photographs!" - whoops! too late.
Red Pandas and their enclosure
The Panda Reserve Main Attraction
The panda is of course a symbol of China, and unlike the Australian symbols - the Kangaroo and Emu - you can't eat them. The Chinese are often surprised that Australians are allowed to eat Kangaroos and Emus. I think there are more Kangaroos and Emus in Australia than there are people in Mainland China.
Right now at school, my college students are working on the topics of 'Job Hunting' and 'Interviews' and as part of the course I warn them that in an English language interview, an interviewer WILL ask them a question that they will find impossible to answer. This is done to determine the applicants confidence in the language. In a list of questions I put up for consideration, Question 9 read: "What would you do if you found that someone had left a Platypus on the counter?" All but one of the students failed to respond to the question. They all either looked around hoping someone would clue them in (a dictionary might have done that) but otherwise failed to respond to the question. The only student who replied said: "I would say 'Welcome back again next time!'"
After the point of the lesson was understood, I asked a student what she would really do if she did find a Platypus in the store. She informed me that she would eat it! mmmm!
When you stand to speak you are doing more than reciting words. You are in fact engaged in communicating with an audience your opinions, ideas, feelings, passions and/or knowledge on a subject. They expect you to express yourself with feeling and passion and to actually know what you are talking about. Therefore it is essential that you KNOW what you are talking about – and – show the appropriate body language, gestures, actions and emotions associated with your topic.
The kids used to turn up repeatedly throughout the day just to look at the foreigner, touch him, feel the hair on his (the monkey’s) arms and generally just gawk. China has changed a lot over the years but there have been times when a foreigner in a small town or village would attract huge crowds. Sometimes people would be known to suddenly come upon you, look up at your face and just plain scream! I’m not joking!
It is uncertain what caused the following event, but something on the pylon hit one of the windows. The people in the immediate vicinity fled their seats, and as the ship continued reversing, the window buckled and smashed, sending shards of glass everywhere. One man received a cut to his arm, and while not bleeding profusely, nevertheless was bleeding. A young boy was covered in glass, and although unhurt, had to be deftly 'de-glassed.' I felt someone's hand on my back pocket. Always cautious, I was walking with my hands in my pockets, specifically to keep the cloth on the seat of my pants tight. I tightened my grip. When this did not seem to discourage the brazen (and inept) thief, I quickly sidestepped to the left, and left him both surprised and embarrassed. He dropped his head so I could not see his face, and quickly retracted the jacket that had covered his hand to conceal his actions. He disappeared quickly.
After following the pathway around the mountain we were faced with a choice of either a path downward or a trail upward. We chose the upward trail, and hoped to find something. After climbing over boulders and headed in the direction of some boys sitting atop one, we arrived at a spectacular viewpoint. We had an almost 360 degree view of Mudu. While we were marveling at the view before us, I heard a few voices off in the distance behind us. When I turned to look, I was surprised to find that there was a ridge there, completely jam packed with people taking in the 'better view.'
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
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Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
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Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]