Jul 31 2011

Wuxi’s Buddha

Lingshan Grand BuddhaMore pix on FB in Wuxi


Jul 31 2011

How and what they ride ..

Ordinary folks on their motor bikes in Wuxi. (I’m still on NY time, 12 hours behind)
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Jul 31 2011

Wuxi, Taihu

太湖 Lake Tai, the Grand Lake in Wuxi.

The tallest building in Wuxi; and the Wuxi hospitality


Jul 31 2011

Wuxi Buddha


Maji Mountain area, the Lingshan Grand Buddha is one of the tourist attractions in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The Lingshan Brahma Palace is pretty remarkable (Youtube video).

The experience would have been more enjoyable with lower temperature and lesser crowds

Zhao Puchu (November 5, 1907 – May 22, 2000) 赵朴初

It wasn’t raining, yet so many people out there with umbrellas


Jul 30 2011

Dumplings at the Qin’s tea house


秦强 Qin Qiang is my grade school classmate. Although I can’t claim that I’ve seen him in diapers but close. Second day in Beijing, my grade school mates decided to to treat me a home made dumplings. The class monitor 班长 even brought many cookies that dating back to our times, as the luxury, nostalgia aside, they still taste fine. Yan orchestrated the whole thing, from making the fillings, to the dough. Qin is very good at making the wrappers: very fast. In comparison, I looked bit kiddish. So I stayed away.

瀚若居茶院 is in the Old Summer Palace 圆明园, YuanMingYuan, where years ago was burned and looted by the Brits and the Frenchies. That’s the history. Qin leases the place, paying 180,000 RMB annually. I don’t think he and his partners are aiming at make money with the place, rather a place to cultivate friends. We feasted in the courtyard.


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In case some one can’t access the FB ..
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Jul 30 2011

China the beautiful

From Vivian, thanks a ton ..

01.《時代》周刊鏡頭裡的中國雪災
02.2007 的願景
03.BeautifulChina
04.China ALUCINANTE
05.China Country View
06.Tibet 3
07.上海 2007
08.大陸美麗風光
09.中國 18 處公認超級美景
10.中國十大奢侈建築
11.中國不強都不行
12.中國另一優勝美地 – 丹巴
13.中國奉節天坑地縫奇觀
14.中國長城
15.中國南部灕江山水
16.中國雪災
17.中國最豪華的村莊
18.新疆的帕米爾高原 The Pamirs of Xin Jiang
19.杭州灣大橋
20.世界上最艱巨最危險的路
21.北插天山霧淞美景
22.四川省的「海螺溝」
23.生在新疆
24.名山
25.安徽黃山
26.千 戶苗寨
27.上海現在和未來
28.到中國旅遊
29.我征服了黃山
30.兩人 47 天西藏之旅
31.杭州西湖
32.東方的天使
33.廣西山水峰情之旅─靖西 _MUSIC
34.哈爾濱風情
35.美哉中國
36.香港日出及日落
37.桂林著名攝影家 李亞石
38.高銘和聖母峰數位攝影展
39.張家界六日遊
40.張家界國家森林公園
41.喜馬拉喜雅山
42.敦煌秋色
43.西藏之美 – 雅魯藏布江快艇行
44.智喜學校
45.無錫掠影
46.絕美之境 — 徽州
47.雲中的天堂–黃山
48.黃河之水天上來
49.廈門記行之一 ( 小三通 )
50.新疆西遊記
51.萬里長城
52.烏蘭巴托
53.熊貓溜滑梯
54.福建土樓
55.廣州火車站:最震撼人心的一幕
56.廣西山水峰情之旅─靖西
57.樂山大佛
58.北京奧運
59.beijing 北京
60.Olympic Stadium
61.Tibet
62.中國十大奢侈建築
63.中國奉節天坑地縫
64.中國的山 Mountains of China
65.廣西灕江的孤舟 – 山水
66.九寨溝.黃龍 Jiuzhaigou
67.北京 2008 奧運寶貝
68.北京頤和園
69.120 年前的老照片 China Historic photos
70.四川大地震 CCTV 現場錄影
71.大陸新疆 月亮灣
72.山西懸空寺 HuyenKhongTu
73.怒吼吧黃河
74.新疆徒步之旅
75.杭州灣大橋
76.江南 JiangNan
77.湖南張家界 — 金鞭溪
78.北京香山楓葉
79.福建客家土樓
80.孤舟山水
81.西湖美景
82.西藏
83.長城 greatwall
84.新疆臥龍灣
85. 無奈的小山村真的令人振撼
86.上海
87.九寨溝
88.桂林山水
89.皖南
90.苗寨之美
91.西藏
92.120 年前的 China- 濃濃的古味
93.缺
94.一個四川的農村 ( 中國最美的地方 ) Badan–The most beautiful place in China
95.上海 Shanghai
96.上海中國最大的城市
97.中國“最黑”的十大風景名勝區
98.仙境
99.內蒙 古 — 巴丹吉林沙漠 Badan(1)
100.北京-香山紅葉
101.2007 的展望 Vision for 2007
102.2008 北京奧運開幕盛況
103.2008 北京奧運的藝術觀
104.中國四川 512 大地震實錄
105.中國奉節天坑地縫
106.上海 Shanghai 07
107.上海市長的千金
108.上海的鬱金香花園 Tulip Garden in Shanghai
109.中國 China 04
110.去西藏看看
111.中國十大險峻山路:最彎的公路, 7 公里 68 個拐
112.中國哈爾濱冰雪大世界
113.山西省雲崗石窟
114.中國大陸前些年高考的一篇滿分作文
115.中國大陸有毒食品
116.從阿詩瑪的家鄉到玉龍雪山
117.中國婚慶大辦桌請客
118.呼和諾爾景區176
119.西湖美景
120.中國藝術品精華
121.中國變了台商大逃亡
122.中國超美的天路
123.中國輝煌過往難掩不明未來
124.中國鄉村景色 China Country View
125.湖南冰雪一瞥
126.亞丁稻城 15 日 (2)
127.烏蘭巴托
128.化悲痛為幽默
129.大陸最黑的旅遊景點
130.北京 Beijing (98- 繁體字 ) 奧運
131.北京奧運花園 Beijing Olympic Garden
132.逼真的中國山水畫
133.印象麗江 << 雪山篇 >>
134.張家界天門山九十九灣
133.只有在中國才有的趣事
134.七彩雲南
135.大連之美
136.中國十大勾魂景色
137.奧運開幕圖片 電視上看不到
138.Beijing 2008 奧運開幕式
139.好想去喔 ~ 長城腳下的公社
140.寬幅的西藏攝影
141.對岸的電腦展是這樣的
142.山西懸空寺 HuyenKhongTu
143.山西省雲崗石窟
144.廈門記行第三篇廈門島風情
145.張家界天門山九十九彎
146.徒步新疆
147.挑夫 四川一個讓人驚歎的 ..
148.攝影機下的中之美 CHINA
149.束河古鎮
150.新疆 ~ 傳說中的西域 ! 退休後可能已經走不動的地方
151.聽見西藏 – 在雪域中遇見自己
152.新疆的美麗 – 真是令人神往
153.新疆臥龍灣
154.閩南閩北走一回
155.雲南之行 Journey to Yunnan2008-2
156.洛陽龍門石窟
157.頤和園
158.漏網鏡頭
159.漓江山水劇場 NatureTheater
160.香港奇石
161.當奧運聖火傳到深圳的時候 …( 電視上看不到的漏網鏡頭 )
162.看看中國和美國政府大樓的比較 ( 台灣似乎也有類似的現象 )
163.美麗的中國 Beautiful China
164.老上海 Old_Shanghai
165.航海日記 _080411_ 敦煌藝術 + 敦煌秋色 + 惜緣種福
166.廣西灕江的孤舟 – 山水
167.敦煌
166.上海 2007
167.海的舊照片
168.西藏小女孩的眼神
169.西藏山水景色
170.遊黃山
171.雲南
172.北京城與袁崇煥
173.北京美麗的夜景 Beijing By Night
174.香港之夜
175.體驗奢華 在長城腳下的公社度週末
176.呼和諾爾景區
177.大陸新疆 月亮灣
178.奧林匹克體育館 Olympic Stadium
179.
180.怒吼吧 _ 河
181.新疆徒步之旅
182.新疆風光
183.江南水墨 my favorites
184.萬里長城 Great Wall of China
185.長城 greatwall
186.西藏
187.杭州灣大橋
188.45% 的天堂
189.仙境 — 雲南東川紅土地
190.奧運開幕圖片 電視上看不到
191.寬幅的西藏攝影
192.很美的中國「天路」
193.當奧運聖火傳到深圳的時候 …( 電視上看不到的漏網鏡頭 )
194.請欣賞北京奧運公園
195.長白山天池
196夢幻漓江 ( 二 ) :張力平的攝影作品精選
197.下第一公路奇觀 — 壯觀的天門山盤山公路
198.聖母峰
199.龍門石窟
200.中國 2010 年上每世界博覽會
201.新疆的帕米爾高原
202.新疆西遊記
203.父親的草原‚母親的河
204.烏蘭巴托
205.絲路的心
206.重慶戰時老照片 Chungking old photos
207.長江的天坑三橋
208.雲南東川 — 不錯的地方喔
209.香港奇石
210.《絲路之旅》第五集 Silkroad 5
211.世界上最高的透明電梯
212.中國人的習性
213.中國北方邊陲~北極村
214.中國新疆阿瓦日古麗
215.中國海上閱兵
216.中國無奇不有
217.中國長城 Great Wall of China
218.中國長白山天池 — 好美!
219.依蝶杭州西湖春
220.北京全景
221.北京阿曼 AMAN 皇宮酒店
222.北京頤和園雪景
223.北京香山楓葉
224.喜馬拉雅山下的香格里拉 ~ 不丹王國 ( 上 )
225.太平山、翠峰湖的霜與
226.帕米爾 _ 中巴公路
227.慕士塔格山冰川之美
228.明清皇家陵寢
229.無錫掠影
230.江南水鄉 —- 烏鎮
231.江西省三清山攬勝
232.美麗的雲南 _ 香格里拉 2
233.老外總結 中國人 60 個特徵 …
234.萬里長城 _ 音箱 配樂是 記得我們有約 葉歡演唱 )
235.蒙古草原風光
236.迷人的西藏 【地理景觀】
237.遊黃山
238.金庸筆下景點
239.陽春三月的頤和園
240.雪中瘦西湖
241.青藏首部曲
242.麗江古城
243.黃山 – 雲中的天堂
244.大陸梯田
245.實在美也
246.西湖美景
247.北京阿曼 AMAN Hotel
248.帕米爾 _ 中巴公路
249.新疆阿瓦日古麗
250.束河古鎮
251.杭州灣跨海大橋 Bridge
252.浙江西塘
253.絲路的心
254.高銘和網路攝影展
255.蒙古草原風光
256.青康藏高原之旅 vs 悅耳 Music
257.騰格爾歌詠的西藏 (Gorgeous_Tibet)
258.新疆之歌 Song of Xianjing
259.圓明園再現
260.無錫新造的宮殿
261.南疆人民生活百態
262.山清水秀的 林芝
263.曼妙青海
264.蘆溝橋
265.西藏之美 – 波密至林芝公路風光 5.28
266.世界最弯的路在中国
267.庐山风光
268.美麗的中國
269.西湖長卷
270.山西之美 xiansi 8.25.
271.西藏名湖98.08.25.
272.世界上最高的透明電梯 211 98.9.5.
273.人民幣年薪十萬的乞丐給我上了震撼的一課
274.航海日記 _080411_ 敦煌藝術 + 敦煌秋色 + 惜緣種福
275.北京香山楓葉
276.千島湖
277.帕米爾 _ 中巴公路
278.曼妙青海
279.有趣標語
280.今 _ 日 _ 天 _ 津
281.遊黃山
282.麗江古城 242 98.9.5.
283.愛情天梯 很感人
284.金三角中國民俗村 –070109 98.09.17.
285.3 分鐘完成張家界六日遊
286.西藏之美 – 雅魯藏布江快艇行 5.29
287.三清山攬勝
288.中國內蒙古大草原 _ 父親的草原
289.中國神秘地底洞穴宮殿 , 「神農宮」
290.山西 _ 那些超乎我想象的美景
291.雲南 — 從阿詩瑪的家鄉到玉龍雪山 好美
292.黃山 – 雲中的天堂98.09.17.
293.福建客家土樓New 98.09.27.
294.稻城亞丁
295.金三角中國民俗村
296.2009 中共建國 60 週年大阅兵 ( 高清晰版 )
297.3 分鐘完成張家界六日遊
298.西藏之美 – 雅魯藏布江快艇行 .
299.中國 — 新疆北疆風光
300.三清山攬勝
301.世界上最高的透明電梯
302.中共國慶閱兵彩排的另一個版本
303.中國內蒙古大草原 _ 父親的草原
304.中國神秘地底洞穴宮殿 , 「神農宮」
305.人民幣年薪十萬的乞丐給我上了震撼的一課
306.今日天津
307.北京香山楓葉
308.北疆風光 — 林清立攝影
309.千島湖
310.山西 _ 那些超乎我想象的美景
311.山西.那些超乎我們想像的美景
312.帕米爾 _ 中巴公路
313.曼妙青海
314.有趣標語
315.航海日記 _ 敦煌藝術 + 敦煌秋色 + 惜緣種福
316.遊黃山
317.雲南 — 從阿詩瑪的家鄉到玉龍雪山 好美
318.霧漫小東江
319.麗江古城 98.10.14.
320.黃山 – 雲中的天堂
321.2009 游行联欢晚会
322.西藏之美 – 秀巴千年古堡
323.中國新疆的帕米爾高原 !~~~ 珍藏篇 ! The Pamirs of XinJiang
324.佛教盛宴 _ 帶您遊覽靈山大佛像和芃宮
325.夢江南 – 安徽 Beautiful China
326.絲路的心 98.11.2.


Jul 28 2011

XiAn 西安

西安世界園藝博覽會 International Horticultural Exposition 2011

繼2008年北京奧運會、2010年上海世博會之後,今年中國又舉辦另一國際盛事,正是今天隆重開幕的2011西安世界園藝博覽會,以「天人長安創意自然、城市與自然和諧共生」為主題,會期178天至10月22日,在西安滻灞生態區舉行,共有約40個國外城市和60個國內城市參展,被譽為園藝和花卉界的奧林匹克盛會。園區總面積達418公頃,觀眾不僅可領略到世界各國的園藝文化和園藝風情,欣賞荷蘭、法國和日本等國家競相綻放的花海奇觀,及來自國內外的精美藝術品、雕塑以及珍稀動物等,而且還可學習到世界最新園林、園藝和花卉栽培技術。中旅為慶賀西安世園會的盛大開幕,特別推出多條西安遊園路線,順道暢遊鄭州、登封、嵩山少林寺等,讓您聚焦古都西安!


Jul 24 2011

Swan Lake 天鹅湖


天鹅湖
Chongwen District, 20 Taoyuan Dongli 崇文区桃园东里20号
On the Second Ring, 300 m from the Yongdingmen Bridge 南二环路永定门桥东300米
Near 天坛公园 Temple of Heaven Park
010.8726.2266

Good: movie theater; decent water pressure; 24-hour cycle
Bad: restaurant is dingy and small; the toiletry is limited

Our fifth bathhouse in Beijing, on a rainy night with thunders and lightnings. Two nuts. They are on the service road of the South Second Ring which we’ve passed by it often, so we decided that we had to go.

The façade is old and unappetizing. They’ve been in business for 10 years. The admission is ¥138 that includes the usual dinner (6pm-9pm), mid night snake (11pm-0:30am) and breakfast 7am-8:30am; steam room and sauna; common resting area. They offer two movies each night at 8pm daily. The body scrub is ¥48 till clean, the four scrubbing beds are separated by a permanent side divider – provide a little privacy compare to others, all in an open hall. It’s empty when I took the shot, except few scrubers. In fact, most clubs said ok to my picture taking. The 60 minutes foot rub can be done in the private rooms, resting area or the movie theater, cost ¥138.
The private room with two beds starts at 60 yuan per house, 240 per 24-hour day. The 豪华间 the lux room has 5 beds, 150 yuan per hour or 600 per day. All rooms have no bathroom.

Two movies a day, one foreign and on domestic. The night we were there, we had the choice of DeCaprio’s Inception and a comedy looking Chinese movie.
“Does it have English subtitles?” Pump asked.
“No.” The staff replied.
We’ve seen the Inception, so we opted for the Chinese. As it turned out, it does have English subtitle.
“Are they original?” I had no idea why did I ask.
“No, they’re all pirated CDs. .. because it’s cheaper.”
The quality is ok. The movie started out promisingly: a male teacher in western suite teaching a high school class. Most kids aren’t listening. He walked slowly to a girl who has head phone on. He asked her to take it off. She refused.
“Pls stand up.” He ordered. When she made no more, he tried to grab her arm to get her up. In the tussle, her cell phone dropped to the floor.
“Stand up.” He demanded.
“You pick up my phone first.” She retorted.
He did.
..
Then the movie lost its steam, becoming slow. As soon as we left, the staff came in to turn off the projector and the lights. Guess we were the hickies.

That night rained heavily.

The decor is decent. As usual, the steam room is empty and not hot enough. More than enough staff lined up everywhere, they bow as you walk by. A girl would swipe up the soap bubble as we were washing: each shower stale has no curtains, as usual. Not sure its her job or she was bored to tears.

The common resting room is very neat .. then I realized why: each sofabed isn’t equipped with a TV monitor .. 3 flatbed on the wall, with sounds on. Don’t know when and IF will they turn that off.

All the private room hallways smell of smoke, which is allowed in the room. I had confrontation in the restaurant. Two women lighted up cigarettes after the meal. I asked the waitress first who deferred to the head waiter, a lady in black uniform. She didn’t go to the table, instead she went to a man in a polo shirt. They talked. Nothing happened.
I got up and went over.
Mr. Polo said, “I’ll talk to them.”
He made no move. SO I went over to the table, pointed to the No Smoking sign and said, “Please, don’t smoke”.
The women gave me a blank look.
Polo offered to move us to a room.
I said ok .. but Pumpkin said noway.
Don’t you love my girl??!!
Why should we move!
The smoke stopped.
Polo explained that the most they could do is to ask.
“You set the rule. It’s up to you to enforce it.” I lectured. Why did I bother to do that?! 八婆 plus 事儿妈


Jul 23 2011

Cell phone charger

A machine to re-charge your cell phone when you’re on the go. Very convenient .. but I don’t know if the machine power charges, like pay, plug in, and voila, the dying gadget is back to life in a second. Or, you wait there for an hour while your toy is getting juiced up?

I found one in USTA in 2014

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Jul 22 2011

Kailuan Mines 开滦煤矿

Ctrip 景点介绍

开滦矿务局曾是我国最大的洗精煤生产基地,建于1878年(清光绪四年),也是我国最早使用机器开采的煤矿。矿务局大楼建于1919-1921年,由英国工程师设计并建造,建筑风格为希腊古典复兴式。 矿务局大楼坐南朝北,为三层混合结构,平面呈矩形,总建筑面积9000多平方米。外檐立面一、二层,是用高10米的14根爱奥尼克式巨柱支撑的空廊,空廊两端略突出,墙面转角作壁柱装饰。主房间内设有木制古典壁柱,并装有古典式壁炉。门前设有坡道,台阶两侧筑有水磨石古典式花盆四座。整个建筑外形庄严肃穆,内部装修华丽,现为中共天津市委所在地。

Wiki. The street is quiet but narrow, difficult to take a good picture of the entire building.
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