Finding Myself in China: Photos for the Family - Macao: LeShan Sleeping Buddha: Mt. Emei - The first day we climbed to 940 metres. The Second Day we took the bus up as far as the Cable car. just 200 metres or so below the summit. At over 3000 metres the clouds just kept coming and going. Rather like the tourists! Bloody tourists! Noisy nuisances! Don't know why they let them spoil the tranquility!
These are from the trip I took July 11th 2007 to July 30th. My first and last day of travel were the same - a total shambles. I won't bore you with the details here. Hope you like what you see.
Photos from Macao - - Macau - Aomen - 11th to 20th July 2007
Senado Square on Macau Island
Ruins of St. Paul's Church beside Monte Fort
Can you see the doorways? They have lockable gates in them, and security guards. No problem though - you can just walk around the side.
Chengdu 20th July to 30th July 2007
Le Shan and Emei Mountain
I wrote home saying that if I die in China I want to be cremated here
Then again - I have been looking at burial plots
Who made you King? - Many people ask.
Well - I just paid 5 rmb and made myself King!
This Buddha - my near cousin - can be accessed by land or by sea
Get real! Of course I took the boat!
At the Entrance to Emei Mountain
The first day we climbed to 940 metres The Second Day we took the bus up as far as the Cable car just 200 metres or so below the summit.
Bottom right hand corner - notice my reflection?
Not supposed to take photos inside the temple - but I was facing outwards
I just liked this shot!
These next 3 give you an idea of how steep it was to climb
Offering up incense and prayers to the ancestors Don't tell anyone but I lit a few for our deceased rellies as well!
I forgot to take my Saffron thingy - could only wear my green sarong.
These next two are of the same place - the cable car to the summit
At over 3000 metres the clouds just kept coming and going. Rather like the tourists! Bloody tourists! Noisy nuisances! Don't know why they let them spoil the tranquility!
Had to do a pit stop - couldn't resist this photo! Making things easier for others was not what was on my mind!
Dad! If you are listening from the great beyond (or over the noise of the flames) Yes I finally admit to having my head in the clouds!
It is so easy to look down on people here!
If they cast a statue of me like this I'll be sitting on Bulldust not effelants!
This is just the spiritual goods shop - read tourist trap There were two other buildings - one gold - one copper. You'll have to wait for those!
I don't know why people can't take good photos of me?
Duplicated I know - but it is really a great shot!
That is a stone slab that guy is carrying.
I was with Mark Halperin at the time, and we both expressed our disbelief.
This was taken by a little Chinese boy who wanted to take my picture.
We met him and his parents the day before while touring temples. Then the next day they were travelling with Mark and Xiaomei Halperin and their daughter. Ming Xing and I had gone ahead of our tour group by taking a cable car up to the top of the mountain (not the cable car to the summit). The rest of our group took the sedan chairs (carried by two guys). Anyway, Mark's tour guide had lost (?) most of his tour group, and invited us to travel with them - so we did. Our group finally overtook us. Mark is an expert in Chinese Buddhism and gave me lots of insights into it, as well as help in understanding some particular Chinese idioms.
Couldn't you just live here?.
One slip on the slopes and you could easily die here too!
I just liked taking this picture. Australian artist Elizabeth (Beth) LANE used to paint a lot of this type of stuff.
This is a map of the mountain - located in our hotel (The map - not the mountain was located in our hotel)
The Mountain park entry ticket (some several hundred metres up) is 120 yuan and is good for two consecutive days.
The bus up Mt. Emei was another 125 rmb Cable car to summit is 40 rmb up and 30 rmb down
I paid 140 rmb per night for the hotel room - listed rate was 280 rmb Only to discover that a Chinese family that we got to know on the mountain Only paid 70 rmb.
Two photographs of two lovely New Hampshire Ladies Mingxing and I met up the mountain. (Sssh! I think they might have been nuns!)
These ladies hope that the Keene Sentinel Online Newspaper in America might publish the photo of them.
They carefully explained that the ticket office is moved, and that I must 'go over there'! I looked at the guy, looked 'over there' and said: 'There's nothing @#$%^ over there!' He laughed and said: 'Come! I'll show you!' And he did. 'Over there' was a place a couple of hundred meters 'over there where they are digging' and you could get 'over there,' by a little walkway that they had prepared. Ah! I went back and got my bicycle and headed off to go 'over there,' but when I got 'over there,' I found myself on a main road, and had to ask a policemen where to go. Finally someone who could help me. He kindly pointed out that the ticket office was 'over there'!
Mt. Emei - The first day we climbed to 940 metres. The Second Day we took the bus up as far as the Cable car. just 200 metres or so below the summit. At over 3000 metres the clouds just kept coming and going. Rather like the tourists! Bloody tourists! Noisy nuisances! Don't know why they let them spoil the tranquility!
These next two shots were taken at the corner store in Chibi town after we had finished with the museum tour. We had an hour to wait, and this gave the townsfolk the opportunity to gather around. At one point in time, we were surrounded by 36 people, but I must point out that people kept leaving and being replaced by others. This is a photograph of myself standing at the lookout at the Museum park at Chibi town (not PuQi). It shows me pointing to the Barge Landing on the Hong Hu side of the Yangtze River. Xin Di where I live and Teach is only 20 minutes drive from the barge crossing by the main road, and about 10 minutes via the levee road
As I turned in at the gate, I was dismayed to see people leaving. My arrival naturally evoked the expected 'LaoWei! LaoWei!' As I entered the church, the few people that were left rushed to greet me and began to explain in Chinese, whatever it was that they were explaining. My heavy sigh was sufficient to impress upon them my disappointment, and resulted in one man grabbing my overcoat and pulling me outside, whilst the rest pointed off in the distance. Ahah! I was being taken somewhere. We walked for about 15 minutes down the road. Now up to this moment I thought that Chibi consisted only of that part of it that I had already seen, but it actually continues on to a busier and more residential section, which is quite separate from that part next to the Museum/Park
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
Arriving at the Hotel at 7 pm, we booked in to once again find ourselves faced with a room with one queen sized bed in it. Again we insisted and received a twin room. We stayed at the JinHui hotel which you can find listed at www.ctrip.com. It is located at LuoHu (lor - who) and is 2 minutes walk from the cargo vehicle border crossing into Xiang Gang (Hong Kong).
(Originally a 4 part article) On January 14th 2010, I commenced my trip back to Australia. The temperature at that time was varying between minus 15 and minus 20 degrees. It was for this Aussie, despite living in China for 7 years, truly cold. I flew from Baotou in Inner Mongolia to Beijing and stayed one night in the Beijing Aulympic Airportel. The Hotel is located very close to the airport. The fees were very very very low and that suited me fine. I did not expect however, that the hotel would be as nice as it was. Next day I flew to Hong Kong where I connected with a Qantas flight travelling to Brisbane Australia.
When we arrived, we noted that this place really was a resort centre. It had wave pools and other interesting things for people to enjoy, and even accommodated school tour groups with dormitory style accomodation. Opposite the breakfast room was a swimming complex, in the front of which was a very interesting sign. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to bring my .38 Smith and Wesson. When we went in for breakfast, we saw that the next room was set up for a wedding, and discovered that it was 'our' wedding reception. Taking a 'sticky beak', I noted that there were no knives on any of the tables. 'Ahah! Thank God I brought that solid clear plastic knife with me!'.. The whole time before and after the actual church service, the local beggars were inside the church hitting everyone for money. Oh the guilt of refusing a pittance for the poor in the house of God, but I was advised to give no one anything, for that would be more effective than the 'last trump' for the dead. All the beggars would arrive. Not that this mattered at all. Who was carrying money?
China for me, was intended to be just a temporary distraction from the nothingness of my life. But as things have transpired, it has given me a new lease on life. Despite all the set backs and frustrations of life here, I can say without qualification, that I have not been this happy since I was 18 years old. We had had no idea in which direction our plane had flown, and had no idea if we were in the north, south, east, west or centre of China. If you draw a line from Beijing to Hong Kong and another west from Shanghai, just about at the intersection point you should see 'Wuhan', the capital of Hubei Province.
Designed by Lu Yanzhi, a famous architect, the construction of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum began in March 1926 and ended in the spring of 1929. It is 700 meters from the Memorial Archway to the coffin chamber with 10 terraces and 392 steps between them, and the falling head reaches 70 meters. The main buildings of the mausoleum include the memorial archway, the mausoleum gate, the tablet pavilion, the sacrificial hall and the coffin chamber. On June 1, 1929, a grand burial ceremony was held at the mausoleum which is shaped like an alarm bell, symbolizing Dr. Sun Yat-sen's unyileding spirit in fighting to arouse people and salvage the nation. - In the center of this map with the blue roof is Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum. To the right is the Linggu Pagoda and to the left of the Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum is the Ming Tomb area. As you can see there are many other places to see. There is also Purple Mountain at the very top of the picture, access to which can be gained by a cable way
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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]
The bus up to Mt. Emei was 125 rmb because we were in a tour group with a guide! It included a breakfast and a lunch, and some other fee as well. Actually they do have a bus for those who would like to travel on their own. The price is 70RMB, and in the morning there is a bus at the station beside our hotel, the ticket is valid for that day only. It leaves from three different bus stations.
Thanks for the information MingXing. When I write the article about the trip I will be checking all the receipts etc and asking you for whatever information I missed.
We left the hotel about 11:45 am right? Then caught the 300 bus to the airport, and were 90 too early to check in.
The plane was delayed and our boarding time was changed from 4:10pm to 4:50pm - and just as we began to board the storm came and we had to sit in the airplane for 2 hours.
Needless to say I missed the last bus from the airport to SuZhou, but I straightaway got the Number 5 bus to the Railway station.
I ran in and asked if there were any tickets left for the night and the lady said yes and sold me a soft seat one for 15 rmb. but I had to wait for 45 minutes.
Then I spent the whole time talking in Chinese with people from Zhengjiang and almost missed getting off at SuZhou.
Because I hate the taxi drivers and how they want to argue and cheat me because I am a foreigner, I chose to WALK HOME. Many people in the street were shocked to see the foreigner walking down the streets with his luggage so late. I got home about 1:30am or so.
My cousin who is travelling in the USA and Canada at the moment emailed me to say that she has had an experience that I haven't had on my holiday. She and her husband were stopped at a Garage to get Petrol when a group of negro boys began to fight with each other. One picked up a pushbike and threw it into the group, then another pulled out a gun and fired some shots. Cousin ran into the managers office and hid until the police arrived.
I once tried to asked an army officer a question in Beijing. He was wearing a gun. I stepped in front of him and said 'EXcuse me" - he looked up - screamed and ran out onto the road infront of the traffic. I am NEVER AFRAID in China.