|Sculpture of dancing prince and princess|
Friday, June 23, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
What a mix of old and new…On one side of the Huangpu River are the colonial buildings
that mark Shanghai as a world banking center since
the 1930s. On the other side are new high rise office and apartment buildings
rivaling any city with a vision of the future. Touring this city may have been
my favorite part of the trip.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Jingzhou was believed to have been built by Guan Yu at the same time he made the earth.
And while this may not be strictly true, it has been a transportation hub and
commodity distribution center for more than 5,000 years. Because of its
location, Jingzhou served as the capital for 20 kings from around 1046 BCE
until 256 BCE. This rich history has provided archeologists with numerous sites
to explore. Within Jiangling County are ruins of five Chu cities, 73 sites
containing Chu Culture items and more than 800 ancient tombs, including those
of 18 Chu kings; there is also a well-preserved 2,000-year-old male corpse. The
city walls, city gates, watchtowers, and battlements have been well maintained.
|Wall outside of Jingzhou|
Friday, June 2, 2017
Chongqing, once called Chungking, is one of the Five National Central Cities in China. It is traditionally associated with the State of Ba and the Ba who arrived in the area in about 316 BC. As with Beijing, it underwent the same sort of wars and name changes from the late 200s BC through the Ming Dynasty. The area was eventually conquered by the Manchus during the Qing Dynasty with immigration to Chongqing and Sichuan in support of Qing emperor. Foreigners were first allowed into the area in 1890 when the British Consulate General was opened. The Japanese, French, German, and US consulates were opened in Chongqing between 1896 and 1904. The big excitement came during the Second Sino-Japanese War when Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek made Chongqing his provisional capital. The mountainous environment was protection from bombs leading factories and universities to relocate here. Coming into this area made me realize why so many Chinese pieces of art show mountains shrouded in clouds. Chongqing has over 100 days of fog per year with 68 of those days occurring during the spring and autumn. Of course it’s not all fog. Chongqing is among one of the ten most air-polluted cities in the world; the list includes Beijing, Jinan, Lanzhou, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, and Urumqi.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Although I always wanted to go to China, I didn’t know much about the country except that it
had the Great Wall, a Forbidden City, some
Terracotta Soldiers, and the ancestors of Charlie Chan. What I found on this
trip was a rich history, engaging people, and a much wider variety of foods
than I had imagined. Dave and I started our trek in the capital of China,
Beijing. With its population of 21.5 million, China’s second largest city has
thousands of years of history.
Friday, May 19, 2017
It came to my attention rather recently that although we visit Burleson frequently, I’d never
written a blog about it.
Burleson is the closest ‘city’ to Vince; this is where he does most of his
shopping. It has lots of chain restaurants, some ‘big box’ stores, and medical
facilities. It was also the location of my first venture into the job market. I
was about 16 and had just gotten a driver’s license so I needed money to
support the life-style to which I wanted to become accustom. While the other
students in my high school were driving into Fort Worth to work as salesclerks,
burger flippers, or other jobs suitable for that age group, I went to work on
Saturdays for a medical doctor; I also worked there in the summers. It seemed
like a good idea at the time and did give me a chance to decide if I really
wanted to work in the blood, tears, and other bodily fluids that could on
occasion spew forth from a human being. The answer to that question was a
Friday, May 12, 2017