A composite article consisting of three different Photo of the Day postings at Magic City that were never published at Kingscalendar. In No. 1 Baotou POD Pic and Story Composite, we first look at Churches and scenery at Donghe in Baotou, then at a Water Feature in Qingshan in Baotou and then at some shots of Laodong Park just down the road from the water feature.
This page is a composite article page consisting of three different Photo of the Day postings at Magic City and they were never published at Kingscalendar. I frequently used to post short stories at Magic City as Photograph of the Day articles. Many of the topics involved never became actual articles and so today I have transferred those files to Kingscalendar because in 2016 I hope to publish my book Finding Myself in China, and these stories and sites will be cited in the book's footnotes. We first look at Churches and scenery at Donghe in Baotou, then at a Water Feature in Qingshan in Baotou and then at some shots of Laodong Park just down the road from the water feature. Some extra photographs have been provided in this version of those POD's.
Photo of the Day: Dong He Baotou Temples and Charity
This particular article was published at Magic City on July 10, 2011
On Saturday 9th July I travelled with some friends by car to Dong He in Baotou, specifically so that I could take some photographs of some buildings and locations of interest to me. I had previously been told that my boss would be calling me and would be asking me to go 'somewhere' at lunchtime. We set off at 8am to Dong He and we had to find the sites of interest to me, based only on my recollection of how several months ago I travelled in a car to my bosses home. As luck would have it we found the first place of interest very quickly. It is a complex full of temples some of which are in the process of being restored and others in the process of being built. Directly opposite there is a large complex that is hard to describe, but is designed to be a type of mall. On one side of the Temple Complex frontage there is a Catholic Church, and on the other there was some type of restaurant.
Top Frames Below: These are the opposing views at the same location.
Above: On the left is Lvzu Hall - on the right another of the little temples at this location.
Built in the reign of Emperor XiangFeng in Qing Dynasty and restored in the year 1991, the statue of Ancestor Lv is kept inside. DongBin is his given name. Ancestor Lv is always showing mercy and generous help to te sick men. Since this hall had been built, many wishes had come true and is attracting more and more prayers.
Below are views of the shopping center.
Below: More Views from the Temple Compound
After leaving the Temple complex we found the Mosque I was looking for but noticed that there was a supermarket underneath it. We went in to find out the story and discovered that on the first floor of the Mosque there is a restaurant; on the second floor - living accomodations, and on the third floor the actual mosque.
The Mosque and the Catholic Church
We then had to locate the village that I once passed through, and amazingly we did. I figured that it wouldn't be that difficult because I knew it was right by the canal - the question was, 'in which direction.' It was actually just down the road from the mosque. Having found the place and taken photographs and knowing that my time was short, I insisted that we go to lunch. Before we could get to a restaurant, the phone rang and arrangements were made for me to meet my boss - and guess where we met - back at the temple complex.
Below: An old Village I had been looking for.
The Charity Rain Association was holding some type of function - fund raiser - who knows what, and my Boss, being a contributor to the charity wanted me to be paraded around like a prize monkey AND to give a speech; which I did. I will write about the day's events more fully at some future time, but isn't it funny that 'my plans' and 'my boss' plans' took me to exactly the same place. 2015 Note: I never did write the story of this day's events and now too many years have passed. Such is life!
Below Top Frames:
These kids were bussed in to perform at this charity event and were hyped to run into a foreigner.
Above: The Gov't has created a number of water courses in Baotou to capture what would otherwise disappear in a dry river bed.
Baotou is quite a dry place and so water conservation is important and water features abound. In another POD at Magic City titled: La Cuisine De President (June 7, 2011) I posted some photographs which I took when returning from Nanhai Lake after a day out with Helen. These photographs were taken very close to Laodong Park, which will feature further down this page. This particular location is not far from the Baotou Teacher's College in Qingshan District.
La Cuisine De President
Pardon my French but I am merely quoting the sign on the building.
On Monday, after weeks of trying to actually organize my schedule and the weather, I finally went with Helen (from the Ukraine) to Nanhai Park in Baotou. We had an exhausting morning and true to my regular form, I got us lost on the way back to our next photoshoot, but that story is for another day. Recently, right beside that beautiful building you see above, an 'under construction' site was completed. What is was going to be was anyone's guess (applicable only to those like myself who can't actually read Chinese), but Sunday night I went past it in the dark and finally saw it in all it's completed glory. Unfortunately, these photos were taken in the day time.
The Water feature in Qingshan
Different perspectives - Same Place
If you are traveling in from the airport you will probably notice the Deer landmark in the top left frame. There is a big roundabout at this location.
Helen and I traveled from Dong He wherein is situated Nanhai park, to Qingshan where this new site has been established. Looking at the photo you can understand why it was that I couldn't figure out what it was supposed to be other than some sort of sculpture. But as you can see, it is actually a fountain or water feature. At night it is really impressive because it is lined with multicolored lights. Yes you can walk right to the top of this thing, and many people did just that. When I finally get around to writing about my outing at Nanhai, I will provide some more photographs that show the full extent of this water feature.
Note 2015: I never did get around to posting more photographs of this feature in the Nanhai article, and neither did I (as far as I can tell) post an article about Laodong Park which is behind that top left frame of the second photo in this section. On March 31st 2010 I did post some photos taken in Laodong Park as Photos of the Day "Walking on Thin Ice" at Magic City. There was no commentary. I have reproduced those photographs below and added a few more.
Laodong Park in Winter
Top Frames Left is looking from outside on Gangtie Dajie into the Park Right is looking from inside to outside.
Above: This park is comprosed of many things including an amusement park
I just love reading Chinese signs in English
The Original POD article was titled 'Walking on Thin Ice' for a reason. And Here it is!
These photographs were taken in Laodong Park in Baotou in March. Already the ice was melting. The edges of the lake were a little mushy. Not only did these guys walk in a group thereby increasing weight on the ice, these girls wore high heels. Kids were walking everywhere on the ice, including under the bridge.
Amusement park within - and the City Landmark without
I have no idea who these kids are. Wherever I go in China kids of all ages flock to me. (or sometimes burst into tears or just run)
OK! that officially ends this little article but I do have to add that Laodong Park is a lovely place to walk any season. Nanhai and BaYi parks as listed further down this page are also very nice places to visit. In the next article in this special compilation of POD's we also take a look at some Water Features in both Winter and Summer.
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!
And why was this? Answer: Because he submitted to Political Correctness. Make no mistake about it! I am not talking through my ass here. If you want to know what political correctness is about, come to China. If you want to know what kowtowing to leaders is like, come to China.
With the official greetings over, we were presented with a variety of performances from local artists and international guests, including an American man and his family. This family presented a narrative from a Gospel about the birth of Jesus, and then went on to present some musical renditions of Christmas Carols. Another foreigner, who performed a Chinese fan dance, was Helen, a Ukrainian with an American Accent. She is also an English teacher in Dong He District Baotou. We chatted for a little while at the end of the night. The other performances included an Arabian - Chinese dance performed by a group of girls balancing rice bowls while they gyrated around the place. They were all young and beautiful and adept in their craft
My 'less than trusting' Chinese friends (currently scattered far and wide throughout China), are not so excited. They tell me that not only are private schools well known for their abuse of and cheating both foreign and National teachers, but one should not trust a Chinese boss to keep his word. While in fact no one has actually informed me that I will be paid overtime, the provision is in my contract and I don't see how it can be 'forgotten'. I doubt that the franchisee could ever have become such an illustrious business woman (She has businesses in China and in Canada) had she not been an ethical manager
Parks and Gardens in Inner Mongolia: Expats Watering Hole: International Visitors to Baotou have a lot to see within the city. Ba Yi Park is Located in Kunqu District Baotou City Inner Mongolia which is in the west of the City. It occupies a block in the middle of Minzu Xi Lu (East), Gangtie Dajie (North), Linyin Lu (West), and Qingnian Lu (South). In the West it is located on the last intersection (Gangtie Dajie and Linyin Lu - Northwest Entry) before the Underground Mall, the Walking Street and the Baobai and Victory Hall Shopping Plazas.
Expats in Baotou City: Where to Eat in Baotou: The Seven Pizza bar is located on the 1st floor (western description). It is located just one block from the Main Road Gangtie Dajie and LinYin Road. That intersection also forms the North West Gate to Ba Yi Park. It's not an Up market Joint, and nor is it one of those places where the Chinese stare at the foreigner like he is a monkey in a zoo. It's a 'home away from home' place for foreigners.
Nanhai Park is in Dong He in Baotou. Dong He is just one part of Baotou and lies to the east. It can be reached from Qingshan and Kunqu Districts by cathing the No. 10 or No. 5 bus. It's about a 30 minute fast trip from Qingshan and a little longer from Kunqu.Now although we don't know and don't care why this dragon was in the water, we were interested to travel over to this little island you see in the next photo. We were only interested until we saw the boat ride prices! We live here and earn Chinese rmb. We are too poor to spend that sort of money. As I am often heard to say to Chinese who want me to spend up big' 'Hey! I am a foreigner. I am not Chinese! I am not rich!'
I have spent most Chinese New Years in the villages of Heng Ji and Fengkou in Hong Hu city in Hubei. Last New Year I was in Australia and now I am in Baotou. I have to admit that I prefer to watch the fireworks in the dark countryside, but it has nevertheless been an interesting experience tonight.
For those who regularly follow my adventures in China, it may come as a surprise to know that I have returned to work in Baotou in Inner Mongolia. For those who don't follow my adventures, the reason that some people would be surprised to hear that I have returned to Baotou is related to the rather serious events that occurred last May.
Not long before I left Baotou in early 2010, my friend Arnold (Chaolu) took me for a visit to his home village and gave me a look at some local scenery. I could probably tell a story about our trip, but it would mainly involve the difficulties encountered with Chinese Transport. Therefore there is no real story here, just a glimpse of the area out past Lin He, northwest of Baotou. Chaolu has for years taken foreigners on private tours of the grasslands but is now in the process of establishing a tour company called "Tournmg" (Tour Nei Menggu)
Such is the game playing that goes on in China, but in this case, the games are being played my a Norwegian and a Taiwanese. When you the foreigner, are having fun in Shanghai this year, please remember that while Hu Jintao is making great strides to make China a harmonious society, with government officials doing their work honestly and with transparency, there are always those people in China, who, because of their money or some personal power, seek not only to control Chinese and foreigner alike, but to punish them if they do not willingly agree to be slaves.
11pm, I was sitting in my little room updating articles for my website. My door was open, (to allow ventilation), and I could hear someone in the hallway jabbering away on their mobile phone. Then I heard a noise at my door, and looked up. Standing in the doorway was a middle-aged Chinese woman, in pink flannel pajamas staring at me. I looked at her; she looked at me. Before I could say anything, she said: 'Oh! You are a foreigner!'
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.
Built in 1406-1420, The Imperial Palace, popularly known as the Forbidden City, was the permanent residence of the Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It's buildings are divided into two parts. The front part, or the 'outer court', consists of Tai He Dian Hall, Zhong He Dian Hall and Bao He Dian Hall, which are taken as it's main body, plus Wen Hua Dian Hall and Wu Ying Dian Hall, which are taken as it's two wings, Where the Emperor held important ceremonies
If you do an internet word search for Badaling, you will find many addresses to choose from in your pursuit to know more about the Great Wall. After leaving the great wall we traveled to the Ming Tombs. Unfortunately we never got to go into any because there was a good deal of restorative work being carried on at that time. One of the lesser appreciated side effects of the 'Cultural Revolution' was the amount of malicious damage done to these tombs and other relics of China's past, and our guide was quite open in informing us of some of these events. Such a pity
After years of living in China, I finally got around to organizing a trip to Tibet. I was due to pay for the trip at the End of June and I was to go in October during the Chinese National Holiday. If you have been wondering why the Chinese Government put a ban on foreigners going to Tibet, then now you know the reason. It was to stop me! Alleyways and Streets are more narrow than the canals in Xitang Town ZheJiang. Once we cleared the bars it quieted down. Now this is where I point out why the title of this article has 'Clown' in it.
Qing Ming, means clear and bright in Chinese. It is both the fifth term in the traditional lunar calendar and a festival to hold memorial ceremony for the dead. Being as how I was the only white face in the crowd, the Chinese attendants jumped on me, baptised me, confirmed me and handed me the brochure with all the church services times listed on it. They wanted to know if I was Catholic or Christian. Usually I just tell people I am a Muslim, and it makes them think twice. This time I said something that I regretted. Ha! I'm not telling you what I said!
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]