Finding Myself in China: One of the things you often see in China is people washing their clothes in the nearest body of water, and living by a canal makes it just so easy to wash your clothes. Whilst the location sounds ideal, given the rather 'shaky looking' foundations to the local domiciles, I'm not sure if I would feel particularly safe. And given our western concern to control every possible negative possibility in life, I doubt that anyone with kids would be allowed to live in such a place. I would take this opportunity to point out that if I actually lived in such a place, I doubt that I would be as friendly a resident as were these locals. Can you imagine people day in and day out looking in your back door; watching you wash your clothes; and constantly taking photos of you and waving? I'm pretty sure I know what type of gesture I would be returning.
This article was originally published at Magic City Morning Star on July 10, 2007. In 2015 in preparation for publication of my book "Finding Myself in China," I have copied the original article to KingsCalendar and in the process of doing so I corrected it for American spelling and grammar points, and additionally have added more photographs.
Visiting Shaoxing not far from Hangzhou
In China, Labor Day is celebrated as a 7 day holiday, (these days 2015 it is a 3 day event) and so with a week off school, my fellow foreign teacher, an Italian by the name of Chiara Braccagni, led me off to a tour of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. During that holiday, we took a day off from Hangzhou to visit the town of Shaoxing.
This is Where our trip began in Shaoxing
The 'Shaoxing Travel Guide' describes the town as located between 29.14' - 30.16' north latitude and 119.53' - 121.14' east longitude, northeast of Zhejiang province, bordering Ningbo in the east and adjacent to Hangzhou in the west. With a total population of 4.3 million, of which 324,000 are described as 'urban,' it covers an area of 7,901 sq kms. The figures quoted in the Beijing Torchrelay website, however, are somewhat smaller.
The trip to Shaoxing was certainly an adventure, if only because we had no idea when we bought the bus tickets, if (given it was a Golden Week Holiday period) we would be able to purchase return tickets for the same day once we got there. The bus trip was really good and really fast, but upon our arrival we at first had difficulty finding the ticket office. Then we had difficulty understanding the illuminated display board, and for a short time thought that there were no buses to take us back to Hangzhou. Since we were to check out of the hotel the following morning that would have been a problem. Having finally purchased return tickets (no we couldn't buy return tickets from Hangzhou), we set off to discover whatever there was to discover. We found a No.3 bus to take us somewhere, but discovered that the driver was also somewhere - somewhere not around the bus. There were people sitting inside it who told us that it was indeed a public bus (It didn't look like it), but no one seemed to know when it would leave, how much it would cost or where the driver was.
An interesting landmark to commence the journey
Eventually both the driver and the conductor turned up, and after paying a few rmb for our tickets, we set off. As it turned out, we didn't go very far before we found the park that Chiara had decided that she was looking for. Had we walked, we probably would have beaten the bus. On the other hand, had we walked we would not have met a few lovely people, two of whom later joined us in a canal boat ride. The place to get off the bus by the way, is where those two buildings are in the photos above. Shaoxing is a canal city like Suzhou and for something like 60 rmb 2 people can take a leisurely ride up one of the canals. Leisurely would probably be the right word to describe the ride on any other occasion, but as we had taken a small craft with 4 passengers, one of which was a very overweight (but currently slimming down) white guy, every time the old coot turned to look at something, the boat 'pitched' and both passengers and captain screamed at him to sit still.
Below: Top Frames: Chiara and I with our new found friends.
Above: Just some of the canal scenes.
Our fellow passengers were two girls we chatted with on the driverless No 3. bus at the bus station. We ran into them as we were approaching the ticket office for the 'cruise' and invited them to join us. They finally agreed, but then insisted on paying their own passage. One of the things you often see in China, is people washing their clothes in the nearest body of water, and living by a canal makes it just so easy to wash your clothes. Whilst the location sounds ideal, given the rather 'shaky looking' foundations to the local domiciles, I'm not sure if I would feel particularly safe. And given our western concern to control every possible negative possibility in life, I doubt that anyone with kids would be allowed to live in such a place.
Below More canal scenes from Shaoxing - Just people going about their normal business
I would take this opportunity to point out that if I actually lived in such a place, I doubt that I would be as friendly a resident as were these locals. Can you imagine people day in and day out looking in your back door; watching you wash your clothes; and constantly taking photos of you and waving? I'm pretty sure I know what type of gesture I would be returning.
Below: Can you imagine all of those tourists sticking their noses into your business.
Below - Top Frames It was near these steps that Chiara and I had trouble ordering lunch
Above - Left Frame
These perhaps tired or bored tourists also took photos of us.
At this very bridge in the top left of the photo above, there is a restaurant which we stumbled upon after our boat tour was over. Chiara and I were both desperately hungry, and so we took up a position at a vacant table on the patio, ready to partake of a nice meal 'alfresco.' But there were two problems. The first was that the waitress was petrified of us. I know that sounds funny, but honestly, some people just panic when faced with dealing with a foreigner. This lady was so frightened, that she kept telling me that she didn't understand foreigner's language and told us to go away. A lady at the next table finally stood up and told her off, telling her that I was in fact speaking Chinese. Everyone thought the whole scene quite funny. We were not amused, because Murphy's Law was at work. Right when it was crucial that we eat immediately, we both for the first time encountered someone who had trouble taking our order. To add to this problem, was the fact that two beggars to whom we had refused to give money (They were beggars Nos. 5 and 6 in a 300 meter walk), simply would not go away, despite being told off by customers and passing locals.
As we were finishing our meal the man started at me again, and I told him that if he really needed money for food, that I would buy him a meal. Both he and the woman agreed, and so I ordered a take away meal, which again did not please the waitress. We left the restaurant carrying takeaway, which deftly got passed to two beggars, much to the disbelief of every passerby who happened upon the scene. As the proverb goes: 'No good deed goes unpunished' - It would have been cheaper and far less hassle to have just given them each 1 rmb when they first approached us.
With stomachs full, we headed off to check out the King of Yue's Palace and Fan Li Tower on FuSha Hill - not that we knew that that was what we were going to check out. We just saw a tower on a hill and headed off in that direction. Now I want to take this opportunity again to thank those of you who write appreciative letters for the photographs I take, and again I apologize to those who expect me to be a professional travel writer, but I am learning.
Scenes from FuSha Hill
Below - Top Frames: These photos are taken in front of and at the King of Yue palace looking toward the street we walked. The photo on the left is at the corner which can be seen in the photo on the right. The one on the right was taken from somewhere up the long line of steps we had to climb.
Above Local Scenery within this complex.
I'm learning to take photos of all the signs to be found in tourist spots. I'm finding it useful for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that it tells me where the surrounding photos were taken. Then of course it also provides me with some useful information for you the reader. With that said, here are some of the texts from the King of Yue site, together with photographs of the area. Please note, I have done my best to type these texts precisely as recorded. (i.e. the mistakes are not mine!)
No. 1: Kingdom Yue bordered on Kingdom Wu. Their local customs were compatible. The peoples of them belonged to the same nationality; however, the two kings were from different clans. For the sake of their individual interests, the two kingdoms attacked each other. In 494 B.C. Yue was defeated in the Fujiao (near Taihu Lake) War. Gou Jian sued for peace with humble words, protecting his kingdom from being conquered. In 490 B.C. Gou Jian returned to his home after being released from a jail in Kingdom Wu. In order to conquer Kingdom Wu to wipe out the disgrace, he slept on brushwood, tasted the gall, and worked with a will to make his kingdom strong. Powerfully assisted by Grand Masters Fan Li and Wen Zhong, the king as well as his ministers made great efforts to build a strong state. Through multiplying its population, and educating and training its people for 20 years, Kingdom Yue made itself strong and finally conquered Kingdom Wu, writing the most brilliant article of Kingdom Yue's history.
This whole area is full of beautiful gardens and other scenery.
No. 2: The Yue nationality's source was distant and its stream long. Its source can be traced back to the Humudu culture, 7000 years ago, and its stream was spread into the nations of Japan, the Southeast Asia and so on. In a long historical course of multiplying, developing and spreading, the Yue nationality admitted the Central Plains Culture coming south and absorbed the Chu Culture approaching East. ShaoXing was the place where the Yue nationality lived in compact communities. GouJian, King Yue, recovered and developed his kingdom in his native land of Shaoxing, setting a precedent in the ancient times of China that a weak state defeated a strong. Although time has brought great changes to Shaoxing, there still remain some human affairs, sites and relics. The Palace and the Gate Structure of King Yue are famous historic sites of Kingdom Yue. Currently, they have been opened as memorial halls to exhibit some notables, historic sites and relics for historical record and mommemoration.
That is me in the photo on the right above - I'm there to put the size and height into perspective.
Fei Yi Tower (Copied Exactly):
490 BC Fan Li, the Prime Minister of Yue state, had the Fei Yi Tower buiet on the top of Fusha Hill to defend itself. apainst the enemy of wu state militany. It was also used as a look out tower The towestanding (tower standing) here Was rebuilt in 1998 and uneanth artifacts of Yue state are disreayed.
Should you ever get the chance to visit this wonderful place, please be aware that you need lots and lots of stamina. It also might be a wiser choice to visit it in winter. The photos provided here don't do justice to the number of steps that you need to climb, and that is just to get to buildings that you need to ascend and descend. I forget just how many buildings there are in this complex, but each one is built further back up the mountain. Each overlooks the other. Although I haven't put it here, there is one photo taken of me by Chiara that shows exactly how out of breath I was on reaching the top step of one particular pavilion.
After you are done through climbing steps however, you then need to climb the mountain to get to the tower. We of course had chosen probably one of the hottest days of the week to go climb this mountain, and were both exhausted by the time we got to the top. We spent considerable time just resting and cooling down in the breeze that we were ever so thankful to find there. Although the view from the top is worth seeing, one cannot but wonder what the view must have been like even 100 years ago. Whilst the journey down the mountain was easier than the journey up, the best thing about arriving at the base, was that there was a little park with certain amenities, that provided us with sufficient water to drench ourselves in an attempt to ward off heat stroke.
Below A photo of Chiara on the left and a different perspective from the Tower Top on the Right
Above The rich tapestry of life in China.
When we finally exited the park and found our way back to the entrance, Chiara and I had a little argument as to which street it was that brought us to the entrance, and which street we should take to return to the Bus Station. Since I had proven to both of us many many times that I am always wrong, we went the direction she dictated, and wouldn't you know it, Murphy's Law struck again, and it turned out that I was right in the first place. Finding ourselves with not enough time to see anything else in Shaoxing, and having just a little too much time to warrant catching a bus back to the bus station, Chiara decided that it would be best if we just walked back to the bus station. So off we went; her leading, and me grumbling all the way saying: 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
Below: The top left frame shows a Memorial Garden and the one below it is just of a doorway. The two photos on the right show the craftsmanship that goes into these buildings.
I hope you have enjoyed this little snippet of our Labor Day Holiday. In Due course I shall present some more photos and articles about our trip to Hangzhou. On July 11th I take a train to Shanghai and fly off to meet a boat that will take me away to a 9 day visit to a famous international tourist destination. Hopefully in a month or so I shall bring you that story as well.
I look back now at that statement and wonder what the hell I was talking about. A boat? To an international destination? I guess that trip made me more tired than I realized or else someone put something into my green tea that was not green tea.
When excavating workers discovered the original Royal road and archaeological viewing platforms have been set up from both above and beside the original road. No charge! You can go down the ramp and clearly see the road and the accompanying signs/ The Chaotian Gate - During the Zhizheng Reign of Yuan Dynasty it was renamed to Gongbei Tower. It was destroyed in the 10th year (1474) of Chenghua Reign Ming Dynasty and rebuilt in the next year. The building was destroyed again in early Qing Dynasty and rebuilt in the 25th year (1686) of the Kangxi Reign Qing Dynasty. It is known as Drum Tower.
We spent quite a bit of time in Leifeng Pagoda before leaving to take a cab back to our hotel. On the way out we read all the signs about the Pagoda's history and the Story of Lady White Snake. We also stopped so that Mingxing could duck into a little temple beside the Pagoda. I took the opportunity to sit on a fence and have a cigarette. While doing so I notice 2 young couples at the entrance and one of the boys looked at me, smiled, said something to his girlfriend who then produced a camera and then made a beeline for me so he could have his photo taken with a 'real live foreigner.' We foreigners probably have our photos taken more often than movie stars.
Located at the south foot of Qixia Ridge, Yue Fei's Tomb (and Temple) is one of representative historic sites of Confucian culture in West Lake Cultural Landscape as well as the place for the famous national hero Yue Fei. As a model of Chinese cultural tradition of loyalty and filial piety known to every household, Yue Fei has been respected and cherished by people with their sacrifices for centuries in this sacred site.
One of the things you often see in China, is people washing their clothes in the nearest body of water, and living by a canal makes it just so easy to wash your clothes. Whilst the location sounds ideal, given the rather 'shaky looking' foundations to the local domiciles, I'm not sure if I would feel particularly safe. And given our western concern to control every possible negative possibility in life, I doubt that anyone with kids would be allowed to live in such a place. I would take this opportunity to point out that if I actually lived in such a place, I doubt that I would be as friendly a resident as were these locals. Can you imagine people day in and day out looking in your back door; watching you wash your clothes; and constantly taking photos of you and waving? I'm pretty sure I know what type of gesture I would be returning.
I can say that the new computer cost me half of what I had expected to pay, and the money saved will almost pay for a special trip I'm planning to the other side of the country in October. We had our conversation on a Tuesday at about 11.45am at the end of March, and two days later on the Thursday, I picked up my brand new computer already loaded with all my programs. It also came with a gift of some high definition movies (Mr. Kang is able to provide 1500 HD Movies on an external hard drive.) If you are coming to Suzhou and you really NEED to buy a new computer, go talk to him. Maybe you just need some repairs - he'll fix you up. Maybe you want some High Definition Movies - he's the one to talk to.
Yunyansi pagoda is called Tiger Hill pagoda by local people. It was began to built in 959 A.D. and was completed in Song Dynasy (961 A.D.) It is a brick pagoda with seven floors and eight sides. The height is 47.7 meters. It leans to the north to the east and has a lean of 3.59 degrees. It weighs about 6000 tons. This pagoda has become the Symbol of ancient Suzhou. It was put in the protection list of national important historical relics in 1961
I once had someone write me to say that there was no such thing as Murphy's Law but that my personal 'negativity,' my belief - if you will, was drawing all the negative energy of the universe into my life and thus I was creating all my own bad luck. Wow! Who knew I could have such power! - Two weeks later I decided to return to Jiaxing to take some photos. At the North Bus Station in Suzhou I bought my ticket and while waiting for the bus, noticed that my destination in Jiaxing was the 'Central' bus station. When I arrived, I was totally lost and had to call my friends and ask them how to get to their place.
The Hong Kong Hotel was located in a back street, about 10 minutes from the Bund. We spent two days in the area before taking the train to Hangzhou, where we spent a couple of days exploring 'West Lake'; and visiting "Shaoxing" about which I have already written at Magic City. The photos contained in this file are nothing spectacular, but for those who have never been to Shanghai, or never been to China, they might offer some insights.
In this file I merely present photographs accompanied by a sign at Du Fu Thatched Cottage park, and a sample of Du Fu's poems. I hope you enjoy this presentation. At the end are some links to other articles and photographic files at Magic City and KingsCalendar. The Relic Exhibition Hall is the most important Part of Du Fu Thatched Cottage. It is located on the site of Du Fu's former Residence. In the late winter of 759, Du Fu went to Chengdu to avoid the disasters caused by An Lushan Shi Rebellion. In the next year, he built a thatched cottage on the bank of the beautiful Huanhua Brook, where he lived for four years and wrote more than 240 poems.
Really, we only went there to eat pizza at Carole's Restaurant, but noting a few changes in the area, decided to take a few new shots. From the vantage point on the upstairs balcony of the restaurant, I started off the process by taking photos of people in the street who kept pointing out the foreigner
(Note: Chiara Braccagni's articles are in both English and Italian)
A una di queste chiamate, ci fermiamo a fianco a una coppia di giovani. Non solo i due incauti avevano diversi sacchetti, ma portavano con sé anche una torta. Dopo varie discussioni con la bigliettaia perché la torta nel pulmino proprio non ci stava, provano ad aprire il finestrino e a passarla alla ragazza seduta di fronte a Justine. Visto che non riuscivano a spostare il vetro, sporgendomi, faccio alla bigliettaia: "Lo faccia passare da qui" (okkei, va bene, ho detto solo "da qui," il resto della frase era sottinteso!). Io, anima ingenua, credevo che una volta saliti i due giovani avrebbero trovato il modo di riprendersi la torta. E invece no! Mi sono fatta una decina di chilometri di strada sterrata con una torta gelato sulle ginocchia! E giusto per renderla ancora più precaria, era una torta a due piani con complesse decorazioni, tra cui un drago giallo con occhi e baffi di cioccolata. Avevo il terrore di spetasciarla. A questo punto, però, ridevamo da non riuscire più a respirare.
Circa una ventina di minuti dopo mi si avvicina un altro cinese ad attaccar bottone, raggiunto dopo poco dal nonnetto di ritorno dalla sua passeggiata. Il nonnetto approfondisce la storia dell'americana e del cinese parlando delle relazioni uomo-donna in occidente. Riferendosi alle donne, usa il termine kaifang (开放), che io interpreto come "cordiale”,"caloroso”, ma che poi scopro significare "disponibile”. Le occidentali hanno l'abitudine di abbracciare gente a destra e manca, ivi compresi i nonnetti al parco. A questo punto me ne sono uscita con un esterrefatto: "Eh?!”
Sabato mattina, dopo un cambio e quaranta minuti di metropolitana, ho raggiunto Haidian, quartiere alla periferia nord-ovest di Pechino, sorta di villaggio satellite. In mezzo al nulla, si erge la stazione della metro, un edificio quadrato che pare l'entrata di una bisca clandestina. Il parco era pieno di nonnini dediti alle attivitèpièsvariate, tra cui le acrobazie col diablo. Non so come, ma la versione cinese suona. A dire il vero, sembra uno sciame di mosconi impazziti. Uno dei nonnetti, poi, era un genio del diablo, faceva certe acrobazie da Cirque du Soleil.
Summer Palace Beijing: Touring Beijing: Statue di bronzo rappresentanti una fenice (simbolo dell'imperatrice) e un drago (simbolo dell'imperatore) all'esterno della Sala della Benevolenza e della Longevità.
From the airport one may take the fast train into Hong Kong, or as the Chinese say, 'You can just.......' The trouble with that is, unless you can read Chinese, or have someone with you to guide you, you can't just do anything. I found it very confusing and wasted a lot of time trying to find my way OUT of the airport and onto the train, but having finally accomplished that, when I arrived at the final destination, I had no idea where I was, or where to go, or who to speak to, for, although Hong Kong was under the control of the British for so long, no one seemed to be able to speak English
Now while the tour itself was interesting, the real experience commenced upon leaving the compound. One cannot imagine what it is like to be literally surrounded by hawkers, who will not take no for an answer. They jostle you, prod you, beg, and harass you. They know that if they keep it up you will buy something. Fortunately my meager knowledge of Chinese permitted me to tell them to 'rack off'; that I wasn't interested, and that they charge too much. Not even the Chinese contingent escaped with all their finances intact, for like the westerners, they simply gave in and bought unwanted items.
I decided to climb the brick wall beside my house to see were the sewage went. Yes! I know! Why would someone want to check out something like that? But you know, sometimes in China you just have to find your amusements where you can. You see as I may or may not have already mentioned, one needs to frequently flush the toilet with detergent, hot water and bleach, if one does not wish to be knocked over by the smell when returning home on a hot day. But in doing this very thing I had been concerned 'for the environment,' for, to the best of my knowledge, the run off went directly into the rice paddy next door. But I am digressing!
Being an organisation relying of public support, you can well imagine their financial difficulties, but as they point out, "Surgical costs in China are so much lower than in other parts of the world," that "no gift is too small when it involves the health of a child." They are currently attempting to raise funds to build an extension to the 'Hope Foster Home' in Beijing, in order to care for critically ill and disabled children - you know! - the ones that absolutely nobody wants
Hong Hu is about 3 hours (165 Kms) South of Wuhan, (the Capital of Hubei), and is located on the Chang Jiang (Yangtsze) River. Did you expect some wonderful description to follow? Apart from, 'It is in the middle of nowhere, and is an old and dirty town (their words) although fast transforming into a modern city' there is really not much to say. It does have Lotus park and a lake which are very famous (in Hong Hu) but then again so am I. Have you ever heard of me? There you go then! (Actually the Lake is famous for a battle during the Liberation War - Communist vs. Guomingdang - KMT)
Feng Qiao Road runs behind my school. Eventually it becomes Xi Zhong Shi Road (West-Middle Road) which turns into Dong (East) Zhong Shi Road. This then becomes West and East Bai Ta Road, which eventually curves around a park and canal to intersect at Dong Bei Street. A right turn at Dong Bei Street runs takes you to the City Gateway and on the otherside it is called Lou Men road. I followed Lou Men road a fair distance until I ended up in a little village, at which point I turned around and headed home
I am currently learning quite a lot of Chinese bad language of late. You see, whereas for the past 18 months I have lived without neighbours on this floor of my building, this semester brought with it so very many boys to this university, that the administration decided to fill the 3 rooms on either side of mine, with a total of thirty-six 2nd year male students, and my home has turned into a virtual drop-in center. My students have the freedom in my class to speak honestly. I tell them that I prefer the truth to politness. I tell all classes, that it is not my job to be their friend, and their purpose in class is neither to be friendly or unfriendly. I'm not there for friendship.
The Jinibara people are from the D'Aguilar Range and surrounding areas. The word 'Jini' means 'place of lawyer cane.' Aboriginal people used the stem of lawyer cane as a handle for knives and axes. The stem of the vine was split into two and folded over the sharpened axe head. Grasstree resin and kangaroo tail sinew were used to bind the handle and axe head. I took a lot of photos of this place years ago, but it was a long time before I noticed that some of the carvings are quite obscene. This area on the south side of the Brisbane River holds a public beach, the Entertainment Center, the State Library, and weekend Markets
What a shocker to discover that at Sydney I had to collect my luggage, exit the airport and travel to the domestic airport and check back in again. They decided to break the rules and send us prior to our luggage, and in my case, that meant waiting at Brisbane airport for 2 hours post-arrival just to retrieve my luggage. My time in Brisbane was mainly spent staying with relatives and living a mundane existence. Although my daughter apologized for not providing me with more entertainment that having a baby throw up all over me; that type of 'daily life' was in fact quite novel for me, being as it is, something other than what I experience in China
After a life on the buses, and after many years as a union representative causing havoc with each new administration (and sometimes the union itself), he retired. Last year, he was diagnosed with 'altzheimers disease.' We left Brisbane on Air New Zealand flight NZ 316 bound for Auckland, and from there continued on flight NZ6 to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles we transferred to Air Canada flight AC555 to Vancouver. Having left Brisbane on March 29th at 11:15 am Eastern Standard time, it was interesting to discover that 36 hours later, we had arrived in Vancouver at 7:15pm on the same day we left - March 29th.
Queensland, the Sunshine State of Australia, Home of the Banana Benders, the Kingaroy Peanut (Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson) and many many famous people including Sean Connery's former wife Dianne Cilento. Brisbane City Hall faces King George Square, and on the other side of the road is the Wesley Methodist church, and behind that a tall building that 30 years ago was the State Government Insurance Office (where I once worked). These two shots are significant, because in one of the Mission Impossible Movies, you see this church in the background of one scene, minus the tall building. Really scary scene. I thought the building must have been demolished. Nope! Still there!
On the Matilda Trail by Captain Sandy Stewart. Today we are going to head north to Mt Isa, but before we go we have a few things to do. First of all we have to go to the FLYING DOCTOR HQ and thank them for the tip of when the plane was coming in. On our way back to town we went past the Vortex guns built by Steiger Vortex as a rain making exercise in 1902, it failed. We are now crossing over Lagoon Creek heading for Longreach. Cruising west 80 kms to Ilfracombe we stop to have a beer at the Wellshot Hotel and guess what! THE PUB'S GOT NO BEER.
Spanish Lighthouse at Corregidor Island had a signpost letting us know how far from home we were - The Centerpiece at the War Memorial for American Soldiers in Manilla - Corregidor Island Battery looking toward Batan - Military tanks at the Philippine Military Academy
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a baleen whale and is the fifth largest of the great whales. They reach an average size of 15 metres and can weigh up to 48 tonnes. Humpback whales can be found in all oceans of the world. They are highly migratory and tend to move in small groups of three to four animals. Since many of the Magic City Morning Star readers are Canadians, and I needed an excuse to show you this one good photo of the whale under the boat, I thought I would just bring Dr. Deecke to your attention. His work is quite interesting
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.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
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
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
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]