Snowfall in Mei Lin, Jiangxi Province

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As a terrible winter storm raced across America, hitting the east coast with record snowfalls, falling temperatures and flooding, there was also unbelievable cold and snowfall all over China.

In fact, in southern China people anxiously awaited the arrival of snow in places like Guangzhou and Shenzhen, where they rarely, if ever, get to see nature’s beauty in the form of snow.

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Mei Lin is small mountain range near the city of Nanchang. During the spring and summer it is a wonderful place to go mountain climbing taking in the beautiful sights of blossoming flowers and rolling bamboo trees.

While the snowfall in Jiangxi Province did not reach the astronomical totals as east coast America, it did present its own set of dangerous circumstances for people living in the Province. I could not get to the top of Mei Lin Mountain due to the dangerous condition of ice on the mountain roads. Still, there were some sights to capture photographically as people endured the brutally cold weather and take in the sights of a rare snowfall.

 

Mei Lin Mountain is wonderful place for peace and solitude, whether in the winter, spring or summer. As the seasons change I will strive to present other images of this quiet mountain respite.

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Mei Lin Mountain can be translated as “beautiful jade mountain or forest”. It truly is a wonderful place to meditate or taking a hike to commune with the wonders of nature.

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Nanchang 4 Kids

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The city of Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi Province, which is located in south central China. The Nanchang Uprising took place August 1, 1927 during the Chinese Civil War. The Communists, later led by Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, hid in the mountains in western and central Jiangxi as the Kuomingtang attempted to eradicate them.

Nanchang 4 Kids (NC4K), is a grassroots organization started by a Ford Motor Company employee approximately 5 years ago. He and his wife felt there was a need to work with disadvantaged children in Jiangxi Province, especially in Nanchang.

Volunteers go to the Cute Baby Kindergarten and Recovery Center in Wanli, Nanchang to spend time with their children and to teach English.

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All of the money raised goes to something specific. To learn more about this organization you can go to their website: www.nanchangcares4kids.org

Wuzhen, China

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Happy New Year!

In bringing in this New Year I spent the weekend in the water town of Wuzhen, located in eastern China, near the city of Hangzhou. Here is how it is described from the Service Guide to this famous town:

“Wuzhen is a historical water town in the south of the Yangtze River Delta with a history of 1300 years. There are ancient stone bridges floating on mild water, stone pathways between the mottled walls and delicate wood carvings. In addition, Wuzhen displays uniqueness through its profound cultural background.”

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Wuzhen hosted the first World Internet Conference in 2014 and also played host for the second World Internet Conference in 2015. For information about these two conferences you can go here: http://giplatform.org/events/2015-world-internet-conference, and here:http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/15/asia/wuzhen-china-internet-xi-jinping/

International guests convened in a very modern conference center, discussing ways to use and protect the usage of the Internet.

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If you are looking for a place in China for a respite against large crowds (except of course during Chinese holiday seasons), great food and many places to purchase gifts and cultural artifacts I highly recommend Wuzhen.

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Countryside in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

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So, as the economic prosperity begins to trickle down to the farmers, the first thing they may do is to build a better house in the village. However, they do not live in the houses because they have gone to the cities to find work that will pay better than framing. They are called migrant workers. So…unless they have grandparents or other family members to live in the homes they remain vacant all year, until the great migration of people occur during the annual Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). That’s when virtually everyone in China returns to their village to celebrate the new year (see my earlier posts).

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The Countryside in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

I’ve been away from blogging for a few weeks now, traveling when I can, and keeping very busy with mid-terms and other University activities. Now we’re coming up on the end of the school year, and it has been a very rewarding experience.

I was invited to the hometown of one of my friends recently and got a chance to go to the countryside. While the West likes to extol the fact that China has achieved such rapid economic growth over the past 30 years, most of the 1.3 billion people still reside in the countryside. While the national GDP may reach extraordinary numbers, the INDIVIDUAL GDP is extremely low for most of the population. So I was grateful that I had the opportunity to go to where you might say the real Chinese population live.

China is still a developing country, and everyone do not live in Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong.

My friend’s family has a rice company in the city of Fuzhou. I got to see how rice is harvested, bagged and shipped to buyers, and how it is planted and grown. The days I was in Fuzhou it was overcast and lightly raining but it was great being out in the fresh air and walking through the mist.

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