This tributary is just 'up the road' so to speak, on the edge of town. It is hard to describe. One half of this river bed has been filled in, and the rest of it has been turned into a series of water catchments. Each segment is quite long and each has at one end, water that is just an inch deep. At the other end of each segment it is probably several meters deep. Who knows? But there is a barrier of sorts between each segment, on the other side of which is a 3-5 meter drop, at which point there begins a new catchment area. The photographs were taken at two different times of the year - Winter and late spring, and from different sides of the same place. Extra photographs have been added.
Sights of Baotou in Inner Mongolia - Water Features
This page is a composite article page consisting of two articles published at Magic City Morning Star News as "Photo of the Day" postings. 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 some of 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 and linked in the book's footnotes. The photographs were taken at two different times of the year - Winter and late spring, and from different sides of the same place. Extra photographs have been added.
Hot Air from Brisbane: Snow and Ice in Baotou Published on Feb 1, 2010 at Magic City
A Self Pic - a bunch of clothes with a face in them. A Brisbane Queensland lad, I never dreamed that I would one day have to rug up like this.
I write this whilst sitting in the heat of Queensland's Perfect weather; hence the 'hot air' title, but the story is actually about the snow and ice in Baotou in Inner Mongolia. From the time I first arrived in Baotou (June 26th 2009) until January 10th, I had not had much opportunity to do any sightseeing and so therefore have not had much to offer readers in the way of photographs of the area. The city itself does not really have much to offer other than a number of parks and gardens; the most interesting of which in my opinion is the Grasslands Park. Sorry - no photos! Chiara Braccagni did however provide me with some for use in this article.
I have on many occasions visited or seen a variety of parks, but usually not with my camera in hand and I don't own one of those mobile phones with the ability to take photographs. Those types of mobile phones are far too complicated for this feeble mind to work out. I'm still coming to terms with using mobile phones, and in an up coming story you will come to understand just how difficult modern technology is for me. (I have no idea what happened to that story. It never did get written.)
Anyway getting back to the point at hand, just before I left Baotou on January 10th, the city received a few hours snow to add to the ice that was left over from the one day of snow we had had about 6 weeks earlier. With four days free before my flight back to Australia, I took the opportunity to take my camera out to a rather deserted looking park alongside of which is some type of water storage facility.
I had visited the park twice before, once in Summer and again a few weeks ago to see if the water was frozen. On neither occasion were there people to be found there, so I am guessing that it is not a popular place. Once we got the fresh snow I went up there again with trusty camera to capture these shots.
Looking South along the parkland beside the catchment.
Looking north along the water catchment
Below: While more obvious in the bottom photo, there is a secondary catchment area in this park. When flooded, that dome things will be sitting on water.
Below What you can see here are two close-up photographs of the controlling mechanism which allows the water level to be adjusted. The top layer of 'blue' that you see in these photographs is inflatable, which allows for the retaining or releasing of water.
Below: These two photographs were taken from the same standing position.
On the map, the area looks like a river, but it can only be a dry river bed that feeds into the Yellow River. I have been told that it takes an hour to drive out to the Yellow river. This tributary is just up the road so to speak on the edge of town. It is hard to describe. One half of this river bed has been filled in, and the rest of it has been turned into a series of water catchments. Each segment is quite long and each has at one end, water that is just an inch deep. At the other end of each segment it is probably several meters deep. Who knows? But there is a barrier of sorts between each segment on the other side of which is a 3-5 meter drop, at which point there begins a new catchment area.
Each segment has a concrete 'bottom / base/ floor,' so that the water doesn't seep down into the water table. It appears to be a place where flash floods are trapped, perhaps to avoid letting water run out into the desert to evaporate.
Below: These photographs were taken in the same spot. Notice the Workmen in the background of the photo on the left.
The photograph on the left above, is of workmen who were digging a trench beside what can only be described as a 'dam' which separates the various segments. It wasn't until I went on a few more meters that I realised why they were digging the trench. Apparently, underneath the surface there is some kind of heater to melt the ice which then flows down into the next segment. It was quite interesting to watch the steamy water running through the ice.
Below: Same place, same site, just different perspectives.
The park constructed alongside the water catchment is also quite interesting with a number of sulptures or themed features. It's worst feature was that it has no WC's (Washrooms). Yes that was me furtively lurking about under the bridge - won't tell you what I was doing! At the time I took these photos the water was frozen and tracks across it were visible. What was interesting was the depth of snow on the surface. It seemed to be far more than we had a few blocks away in the Kunqu District CBD.
Now I have included here a photograph of two penguins, but those are just for show. Like those who take photos of them, they are just dummies. The Ice sculpture behind them is created by a series of pipes through which hot water is pumped.
I told you it was cold in Baotou. We even have penguins roaming the streets.
Anyone for snooker? Too cold? Come on it's only 20 degrees below.
The pool tables out in the snowy park are not however for show! They are real! For some reason however, (perhaps -20 degree temperatures?) they were covered and no one was using them. (That was not a redundant statement!) The tables are located in the same park as the penguins, which is to say in Ba Yi Park at the end of the block on which I lived (Linyin Road), at the intersection with Gangtie Dajie.
The photo above of the people walking on the ice was taken at a pond on Tuanjie Dajie within walking distance of where I was living. I traveled past it every day on the bus and was determined to go there and get some photographs. Of course if you come from a place where it snows, these photos mean absolutely nothing, but for those of us from places with decent climates, they are interesting.
So there you have it. Just a few photographs I took before heading back to Sunny Queensland Australia, where everything is beautiful one day and perfect the next! (It says so in the State Advertising Campaign!) I hope you enjoyed this little snippet from my life. Within days I will publish a few more articles of what has transpired since these photographs were taken. If you would like to see some more photographs of Baotou, go to the links contained at the bottom of this article.
Photo of the Day: Chinese Waterfalls - Baotou Published at Magic City Morning star News May 26, 2011
I have previously provided some winter photos of this park. The photos here were taken on the park side. Now it is late spring and the other day I went and took these photos from the other side of the water. I had to wait one whole month to find a day when both the weather was fairly clear and I had time to go there. I actually come to this place a lot because it is on my exercise route. I do an hour and a half circuit and cross through this park to get to the other main road to do the return journey.
Helen (from the Ukraine) whose photograph appeared in an article I wrote about the Foreign Affairs Department Christmas Party, was telling me that she and her friend had been told to go see the 'Waterfalls.' She followed directions to the end of the No. 10 bus line, but couldn't find any waterfalls. Chinese people 'even in Chinese' are not always that good at giving directions and they forgot to tell her that she had to walk a couple of hundred meters to the Bridge.
The waterfall of course is not a waterfall, but a series of water catchments. Work is continuing at both ends to extend the catchment area. On the map, this area is a dry river bed. They have actually only built on one side of the dry river. The other side has been filled in.
The photo above and the top left frame of the photograph below reveal that the work is not complete. In 2015 I was back in Baotou and was surprised at how far north the work has progressed.
The photographs above are all taken in the same place.
Below: This set of four photographs is taken up by Gangtie Dajie
Below: These four photographs show scenes up near Tuanjie Dajie
Gangtie Dajie and Tuanjie Dajie run parallel to each other and both are main roads. If you are traveling from Qingshan in Baotou to Mei Li Geng or the Grasslands you will pass over this water catchment area at the Tuanjie Dajie bridge.
The particular story above has undergone slight editing, the reasons for which may or may not become evident to those who read my book 'Finding Myself in China.'
I do hope that you have enjoyed these photographs.
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!'
In the temple, there are many places of cultural and historical interest. Tianwang (Heavenly Kings) Hall, Guanyin Hall, Wuyou Hall and the Arhat Hall are solemn in ancient style, Kuangyi Pavilion is charm and elegant. On Erya Terrace you can overlook the river, while in Tingtao Pavilion, you can enjoy the music of the current. If you want to see how the three rivers meet go to Jingyun Pavilion; to enjoy flowers, butterflies and singing birds, go to the Plum Garden. What is mostly worth mentioning is that it is the temple and the hill on which it stands that form the hesd of the Giant Sleeping Buddha.
Many people say that my cursive Chinese writing is just terrible scribble. Now I know that they are just jealous because I have mastered a unique form of calligraphy. Du Fu Selected Poems Translated by Rewi Alley Foreign Languages Press 2001
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
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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]