Apr 12 2020

With love, from Hefei

The Liu temple is processing well. They began to work 来自家乡的信息和照片.

2020.4.12 ⇓


Mar 26 2020

An old house in Shanghai


3 Baoqing Road 宝庆路3号
Shanghai, China

According to the post, this is one of ten old luxury houses in Shanghai 榜上有名的豪宅约有十幢, and there are 3,000 (short for yangfang 独立花园洋房.) The following photos are taken by Hu Ping.

It’s the Shanghai Symphony Museum now 上海交响音乐博物馆. Aunt Jennie started her career at Shanghai Symphony, spending four years there (1956-60) before moving to the Central Philharmonic 中央乐团 (CNSO since 1996). The exhibits in the museum are from the Symphony and Shanghai Conservatory of Music 藏品主要来自上海交响乐团和上海音乐学院. The restoration of the property was rather decent, except the fire place.

    


Jan 10 2020

Xiaopangu in 2019

Little Pangu Garden.

      


Jan 8 2020

The temple in 2020


Liudun, 刘墩村, 元和堂
Hefei, Anhui, China

The architectural concept, blueprint and the actual photo of the Liu Temple.

They’ve celebration on Oct 4, 2019.

Is the stage too high


Nov 2 2019

Wine in China, 2019


China

The quality of western wine in China is visibly better this time. But the labels are still being wrapped …

Tangshan Chile Kenos from Central Valley: Chardonnay (2016; 4.0) and Tempranillo (2017; 3.6). Both have ratings (based on all vintages ) on vivino but no price.

Chengdu

Chongqing – didn’t try. Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is $6.99 but it’s ¥268 in the shop, which is about $38. Mondavi 50th Anniversary Cab 2014 is $28 in US but costs ¥698 which is about $100.


Nov 2 2019

Bye, Beijing

It seems that I haven’t been to Beijing airport for a while: you go through security check first: they’re right up front, in your face. Since I’ve a few pieces, a young man mentioned to me to just go ahead. When I hesitate, he became rather unpleasant. Oh well.

Once inside, I immediately saw the vantage point of Forbidden City, which I just went two night before.

What interesting, I ran into the same flight attendant on my Pei-Sea, who was on my JFK-Sea too. Oh well.


Nov 1 2019

WanAn Cemetery 万安公墓


Hanhe Rd, Haidian District,
Beijing, China

There is a subway (Metro) station cross the street; the parking is ¥10. The Hanhe Road 旱河路 is filled with touring buses on either side, which are for Xiangshan Fragrant Hills (香山). The foliage is pretty … however, crowds would make me think twice.

This is well kept cemetery, in recent years.


Many Chinese, especially the artists, are fond of using the ‘old fashioned’ way 甲子 to express years…
己夘, 是己卯 (1879, 1939, 1999) a typo.
辛巳年: 1941, 2001 …
壬午年: 1942, 2002 …
己未年: 1919, 1979 …
The problem I see is, not everyone is capable of using it. This small headstone has three mistakes.

  1. 己夘: It should be 己卯. One could argue that it’s an old way of writing (旧体) or 通假. I disagree because,
    1. Chinese is standardized language by now 汉语属于规范性了
    2. casualness & fun writing doesn’t fit the occasion (‘妹子’ = ‘妹纸’) beside, it was 1980, 通假 wasn’t popular. 
    3. also due to 2 and 3 below – just too many mistakes
  2. 壬午: It should be 辛巳. This is miscounting. Jan 1942 was still 辛巳, not yet 壬午.  
  3. 己未: 1919, 1979, etc. This mistake is too far out of my imagination because the death occurred in 1954, which was 甲午. 

Oct 30 2019

Tianjin Bank 天津官银号


Dongmalu (East Road), Nankai
天津市南开区东马路
Tianjin

A woman dances to the music alone. More dancers nearby.

Tianjin Official Bank was created at the beginning of the twentieth century by Zhou Xuexi, to compete with the foreign financial institutions. It was located at northeast corner of the old town (zh wiki北马路东端南侧三义庙处), and opened for business in 1902, changed name to Zhili Bank 直隶省银行 in 1913; closed in 1928 and the building was ruined. After 1949, Bank of China used its site. In 2004, the current replica was built next to TJ Ancient Cultural Street (古文化街) on Huanghe Road, in Nankai district. There are many traffic police stations in the city.

  

It doesn’t seem to have an exact address but is in the corner of Dongmalu (East Road) and Beimalu (North Road). The original location of the Bank is the corner across street – the corner of Tianlong Building天隆大厦那个角. My next stop was the General Mint.


The following is from iFeng.com on 2011.1.02:

作为历史区片地名的“官银号”,指老城厢东北角附近,就是今北马路东端南侧一带。“官银号”是清政府官方设立的金融机构。1900年八国联军侵入天津,各国纷纷在天津设立银行,使天津物资损耗,金融紊乱,原有钱庄银号逐渐萎缩。为恢复国内金融元气,清政府于1902年成立了天津第一个金融机构———直隶官银号,地址就在东北角北马路东端今正兴德茶庄西侧。该银号初创资本为100万元,性质为省级官办财政银行,一面发行银元钞票,十足兑现;一面经营本省金库,融通行政经费。

时任直隶总督兼北洋大臣的袁世凯在天津推行新政,他任用周学熙创建实业,在金融方面主要采取两项举措:(一)、开办北洋银元局、造币厂,开铸银元;(二)、筹办直隶官银号,以整顿金融,促进天津工商业的复苏与发展。

周学熙(1866~1947),安徽建德人,其父周馥为清两江总督。周学熙是当时中国北方财政、实业界的著名代表人物。他认为,金融为实业的先导和后盾,也是实业救国各种举措中举足轻重的关键一环,应把直隶官银号建成一个为发展实业服务的健全的现代金融机构。

周学熙在天津先后创办了北洋银元局、官银号、中国实业银行等金融机构,还开办了启新洋灰公司、滦州煤矿(后被英商吞并,组成开滦煤矿)、华新纱厂等实业,形成了实力雄厚的北洋财团,为振兴天津的工商业做出了一定的历史贡献。

20世纪初年,作为区片老地名的“东北角”,已被“官银号”所掩盖。有轨电车在此设站,售票员报站时的大声吆喝———“官银号到了,抓紧下车,您啦!”———形成有力的广告传媒效应。因而,“官银号”声名大振,和“大营门”、“小树林”、“下瓦房”等区片地名一同沿传至今。

1913年,北洋政府照银行条例在原址组成了直隶省银行,成为筹集军费的机构。后直隶省银行关闭,国民政府在该址又建立了河北省银行。中华人民共和国建立后,官银号旧址改为中国银行东北角分理处。派生地名有官银号菜市街、官银号副食综合商场等。


Oct 30 2019

Huaxin Street 华新街

After the Mint, we went eastward on the Shuichan Front Street 水产前街 and stopped at the junction of Huaxin St, which is named after Zhou Xuexi’s Huaxin Textile Factory in the area. 


A few minutes walk up north is 宁园 Ningyuan Park (also called Beining Park 北宁公园). The site of the park was the former Plantation of the late Qing Dynasty which was established by Zhou Xuexi in 1906.  


Oct 30 2019

Changde Dao in 2019


21 Changde Dao
Tianjin, China

We jumped from Zhou Xuexi’s former residence to my former residence – well, I called it home for a couple of years, after the lunch. It’s a short walk, southwest 900 meters away.

  

Chongqing Dao and the neighborhood of Five Great Avenues 天津五大道…