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An amazingly clear and complete image of a landslide

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Wow, another Big Picture really big picture:

All the devastation is in the lower right as it should be at the bottom of the slope! But what an image!

It’s all so obvious and in vivid colors! So much seems to happen in Sichuan Province! I know they don’t deserve all the mayhem and wreckage of homes and families!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/09/25 at 14:11

A typical worker scene in a pretty radical part of China

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They all dress pretty much the same in cities, villages and now in the desertification areas:

A small band fighting a rearguard action on the desertification front! I find this scene so typical of many others I have observed in many parts of China, Beijing, Dalian, Shandong, and now in 2010 Xinjiang!

These front line and quiet battles are fought by modest people who are paid grim wages to push the edges back just a bit at a time!

DALIAN, CHINA - JANUARY 19:  Roast chicken on ...
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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/09/25 at 13:48

1931, Sep 18 the Mukden Incident which started WW II in Manchuria

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The image below is one of a set of brilliant photography by Big Picture, my all time favorite source of excellent and memorable images. It shows the current state circa 2010 of the monument in Shenyang memorializing the Mukden Incident which was the first action of WW II in SE Asia:

This was the flash point in Manchuria which lit into a savage Sino-Japanese conflict which is still ill-remembered in China, 79 years after that event.

Update 2010/11/17

I travelled to Shenyang by train two weeks ago. The day was overcast in Dalian, but our air seemed clear enough. I can’t say as much for the air within 100 kms of Shenyang (the city of Anshan) and in Shenyang. Dark, foul looking and not a pretty site!

Is that bad air a relic of Shenyang’s heavy industry past, or just a continuation of a malign and ghostly Japanese presence? The last time I flew into Narita Airport, this past February, its air looked and smelt clean. So what is it about Shenyang? I guess it’s just dirty Chinese industry!

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Turpan’s desert scape

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Turpan is the most unique area in Xinjiang. I subcribe to a blog out of the US that discusses Xinjiang affairs and tourist resources.

I recently snipped this image from that web site:

Believe it or not Turpan is also a major producer of grapes and raisins for the rest of China. The native Xinjiangers speak a Turkic language and they have the same issues with the Han Chinese and the Chinese Govt that the Tibetans have.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/22 at 19:00

The 3 Gorges Dam is dis-gorging now because of heavy flooding in China

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WOW, whatta an image:

That is truly an image of water under powerful natural pressure. The image was snipped from an LA Times story about the Three Gorges Dam on the powerful and very long Yangtze Jiang (River).

The article discusses the main +s and -s of that gigantic hydro-electric structure, and there is no lack of them. I was tempted to think that the journalists were being negative in the usual American MSM way about China and its oversized national image. But after reading the whole piece I realized it was an even handed report about the obvious limitations to extreme engineering projects.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/16 at 15:30

Cleaning up the big oil spill in Dalian!

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I am very surprised that the Govt of China and Liaoning allowed international photographers to get these images. But it is kind of contrary programming when you consider how BP acted in the Gulf of Mexico. Dalian comes off with a better cleanup image than BP does!

Here’s some of the human cost of this cleanup in Dalian Harbor:

Scooping it out of the seawater was one way to get it cleaned up!

Even women were pitched into this battle with oil gunk on the beaches and in the water of the Bay of Dalian.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/01 at 00:20

The Family of Man images

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I found this site looking at

which is a web site maintained by a department of USC. To see a visual preview of The Family of Man just roll over the link!

The picture below led me to the collection I have linked to above.

I visited this part of Jilin Province with a China buddy, John Hunter McVay, who is still a China hand. I wouldn’t have gone there without him. But we didn’t get this view!

The few hours we were up on the ridge line were overcast with blasts of cold wind. So we saw nothing of the lake nor ot the calderon. It’s neat to get this image into my blog at this point of my renewed visit to China!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/13 at 18:43

A more varied picture of China

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Financial Times, with its Western capitalist view comments:

G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh
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For all the cosmopolitan affluence of Beijing or Shanghai, with their luxury shopping malls and Champagne-soaked gallery openings, it is easy to forget just how poor China still is. One of the more surprising statistics about the Chinese economy is that, in terms of per capita gross domestic product, it is still not in the top 100 countries. According to the International Monetary Fund, China ranked behind Cape Verde and Armenia in 2008, and only just ahead of Iraq and the Republic of Congo. Despite the remarkable reduction in poverty, daily life for most Chinese families is still a struggle to get by.

Then there is this comment about the raw effects of internal political turmoil caused by dissatisfaction of the Uighurs:

The Xinjiang riots over the summer were another important warning. Like the turmoil in Tibet the year before, they exposed how large parts of the local population on China’s western frontier does not feel included in the new economic dynamism, or feel part the grand national project. By treating almost all dissent as a form of “evil separatism”, these provinces seem destined to face years of instability.

The writer of this piece, who is FT’s Beijing Bureau chief, finally gets to his real point in the last paragraphs:

Given the abundant evidence of purpose and planning, from the building site that wakes me in the morning to the almost weekly billion-dollar energy deals in far-flung parts of the world, this might seem like a strange thing to say about modern China: but it sometimes feels as if the people at the top are running short of ideas.

It is tempting to chart China’s rise like a graph of its GDP, 9 per cent up every year, without fail. Better to expect quite a few big bumps on the road to “China’s century”.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/26 at 15:22

Here’s an graphic example of how out of scale things are in China vs. the West

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Just practicing for the Oct 1, 2009 parade celebrating the PRC’s 60th birthday:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/24 at 11:15

“I love you, China” from People’s Daily Online

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Preparing for 60th anniversary of the forming of the People’s Republic of China:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/10 at 06:29