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Mar 28

Expo2010 Shanghai China

• Introduction
World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is the occasion for China to bring the world at home, and for the world to feel at home in China. By dedicating a 5.28-square-kilometer area at the core of the city to exhibitions, events and forums on the Expo theme, “Better City, Better Life,” Shanghai hopes to build a powerful and lasting pilot example of sustainable and harmonious urban living.

Anyway, construction of exhibition pavilions and facilities are not completely finish yet, but I got some photos from inside.

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Mar 02

A rarely seen Buddhist flower, which blossoms every 3,000 years, has been discovered under a nun’s washing machine.

Rarely seen Buddhist Udumbara flowers, which blossom every 3,000 years, was found under a washing machine in Lushan Mountain, Jiangxi province, China Photo: REX

The Udumbara flower was found in the home of a Chinese nun in Lushan Mountain, Jiangxi province, China.

The rare Youtan Poluo or Udumbara flower, which, according to Buddhist legend, only blooms every 3,000 years, measures just 1mm in diametre.

Miao Wei, 50, was cleaning when she discovered the cluster of white flowers under the washing machine.

At first she thought the barely-there stems were worm eggs, however, the next day she discovered that the stems had grown 18 white tiny flowers on top and smelled “fragrant”.

Local temples believe the mini blooms are specimens of the miraculous Youtan Poluo flower – called “Udumbara” or “Udambara” in Sanskrit, meaning “an auspicious flower from heaven.”

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

More Udumbara flower’s photo:

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Aug 26

We’ve seen pictures from the factory coming loaded on new iPhones before, but this is the first time we’ve seen what appear to be intentional snapshots loaded on a new iPhone. Surprise: the person who put your iPhone together is a cute girl!

This is has got to be one of the coolest thing in our digital, mass-production, globalized age.


iPhone factory girl, you are now world-famous. you knew this was going to happen, right?

The photos were found on a new iPhone shipped to the UK, and one of the pictures was even set as the home screen. Aaaaaaadorable!

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May 21

FLEEING quake survivors cheat death again as their boat narrowly misses a huge landslide.

Aftershocks sent tons of rocks and dirt sliding down a mountain in Yingxiu, China – but the boat got out in time.

Thousands have been evacuated amid fears over huge cracks in mountainsides.


Lucky escape… landslide misses boat

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May 16

Mapping the earthquake zone

Up to 50,000 people are feared to have died in the devastating earthquake that hit China’s Sichuan province on Monday. Click on the map to find out more about some of the worst-affected places.

Mianzhu area b4 China earthquake:

Mianzhu area after China earthquake:

You can see that river already been blocked by mud-rock flow, could cause flood anytime.


quake lake


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quake lake


quake lake


quake lake


quake lake


quake lake

 

Abandoned BeiChuan——The town will disappear from map soon

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:

China: At least 62,664 die in killer earthquake

satellite and helicopter photos of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

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May 16

 

IT was meant to be the happiest day of their lives.

 But the Chinese earthquake turned their lives upside down.

 Newly-wed bride Hai Jiao Bailushuyuan and her husband Tang Di were gathering guests together(33 people inc photographers) in front of a 100 yrs old church  for photographs when the 7.9 magnitude tremor struck.
Then the ground began to shake and masonry tumbled from the church.
This picturesque Catholic monastery, where the pictures were due to be taken, was reduced to a pile of rubble in just EIGHT SECONDS.
These snaps of the devastation were taken by bewildered wedding photographer Wang Qiang.


Before … Bride walks past the 100-year-old monastery as it was in Pengzhou


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Falling apart … masonry falling from building


Wreck … bride gazes at devastation


Wreck … bride gazes at devastation


Shocked … the bride with her new hubby and guests in the monastery ruins


Shocked … the bride with her new hubby and guests in the monastery ruins


Lucky to be alive … couple and guests at the wrecked church


Get me out of church on time


Disaster … church lies in ruins

 
After … ruined by the earthquake

 

 

 

The young couple had tied the knot in the town of Pengzhou, in Sichuan province.

Immediately after the quake the bride stood horrified in the ruins of the church and its courtyard.

Guests, coated with layers of grit, struggled to breathe in the dust-filled air as a pall of smoke blocks out the sunlight.

Tang Di said later that he believed they had survived the quake because the once-majestic, 100-year-old church was a “blessed place”.

There had been five weddings taking place when the quake hit on May 12 and dozens of people ran for shelter in the confusion.

Many dragged themselves to safety from the rubble and built makeshift shelters until they were finally rescued by the Chinese military.

 But last night it was feared that around 30 guests were still missing.

 

More about China Earthquake:

China: At least 68,516 die in killer earthquake

satellite photo of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

 

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May 15

 By Doug Caverly – Wed, 05/14/2008 – 4:55pm.

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/05/14/earthquake-in-china-unnoticed-by-google

After cyclone, lack of action stands out

This article was going to be a quick roundup of Google’s response to the earthquake in China – mention a donations page here, a map there, done.  As it turns out, though, the company didn’t provide much material.

This isn’t to say it should have – Google is a for-profit corporation based in America, and is in no way obligated to take note of natural disasters overseas.  Still, following its response to the cyclone in Myanmar, Google’s reaction to the earthquake seems rather weak.

Posts documenting the cyclone and/or soliciting aid for Myanmar’s civilians showed up on the Official Google Blog, the LatLong Blog, the Google Checkout Blog, and the Google Grants Blog.  A “donate” link was put on Google.com, and donation-matching is also taking place.

In contrast, there doesn’t yet appear to be anything in English relating to the earthquake.  Philipp Lenssen only writes, “The homepage of Google China links to a special map showing [earthquake] information.  Auto-translating the homepage text results in: ‘New! Google launched an emergency situation in the earthquake map, view the latest situation in earthquake relief.'”

Again, we’re not pointing fingers.  The situation is odd, though, especially given Google’s presence in China.

 

More about China Earthquake:

China: At least 14,866 die in killer earthquake

satellite photo of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

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May 12

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:
China: At least 62,664 dead in killer earthquake (update 25th May)
Satellite and Helicopter Photos of china Earthquake area and Quake lake

Tianshui city, Gansu province.
An Chinese photographer took this picture 2 hrs b4 12th May China earthquake.

Video:

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May, 09,2008, 2 days b4 this chinese deadly earthquake, somebody took those photo in Linyi, Shandong province, east China, which you can see lot “line-shaped” cloud, and somebody spot it is Earthquake Cloud and predicted a 6+ earthquake will happen within 2 days, but they dont know where. Of course, nobody believe them that time. Then, 12, May, a 7.8 earthquake occurred in Wenchuan, Sichuan province, west China.

Here is those Earthquake cloud’s photo:

China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud
China Earthquake cloud

Original source: http://www.daqi.com/bbs/20/1989761.html (chinese) And
http://tieba.baidu.com/f?z=373553982&ct=335544320&lm=0&sc=0&rn=50&tn=baiduPostBrowser&word=%B5%D8%D5%F0&pn=0
(Chinese)

Unusual animal behavior

9th,May, thousands frogs cross road near earthquake area.

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:
China: Up to 8,500 die in killer earthquake

Earthquake cloud

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Earthquake cloudsIn chapter 32 of his work Brihat Samhita, Indian scholar Varahamihira (505 – 587) discussed a number of signs warning of earthquakes: Unusual animal behavior, astrological influences, underground movements of water, and extraordinary clouds occurring a week before the earthquake.

Since 1994, Zhonghao Shou, a retired Chinese chemist living in New York, has made dozens of earthquake predictions based on cloud patterns in satellite images, and claims to have a 70% accuracy. Stress and friction in the ground can vaporize water long before the earthquake happens, according to Shou, and clouds formed through these mechanisms are distinctly shaped. He has identified five different types of earthquake cloud, including “line-shaped”, “feather-shaped”, and “lantern shaped” clouds. He claims that an earthquake will take place within 103 days of the appearence of one of these clouds, and that the average time is 30 days. On December 25, 2003, one day before the Bam earthquake, he predicted an earthquake of mag. 5.5+ within 60 days over a fault line in Iran.

Historical records have indicated a possible correlation between clouds and earthquakes in the ancient civillizations of Rome, India, and China.

Curious cloud formations linked to quakes

CAN unusual clouds signal the possibility of an impending earthquake? That’s the question being asked following the discovery of distinctive cloud formations above an active fault in Iran before each of two large earthquakes occurred.

Geophysicists Guangmeng Guo and Bin Wang of Nanyang Normal University in Henan, China, noticed a gap in the clouds in satellite images from December 2004 that precisely matched the location of the main fault in southern Iran. It stretched for hundreds of kilometres, was visible for several hours and remained in the same place, although the clouds around it were moving. At the same time, thermal images of the ground showed that the temperature was higher along the fault. Sixty-nine days later, on 22 February 2005, an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 hit the area, killing more than 600 people.

In December 2005, a similar formation again appeared in the clouds for a few hours. Sixty-four days later, an earthquake of magnitude 6 shook the region (International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol 29, p 1921).

Guo and Wang suggest that an eruption of hot gases from inside the fault could have caused water in the clouds to evaporate. Another idea is that ionisation may be involved: Friedemann Freund at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, recently demonstrated that when rocks are squeezed, positively charged ions form in the air above. The trouble is that ions usually help to form clouds, not dissipate them.

The authors say that if recognisable cloud formations precede large quakes, they could be used for prediction, but other seismologists are sceptical. “There is no physical model that explains why something would suddenly occur two months before an earthquake, and then shut off and not occur again,” says Mike Blanpied of the US Geological Survey’s Earthquake Hazards Program.

From issue 2651 of New Scientist magazine, 11 April 2008, page 12

are clouds claimed to be signs of imminent earthquakes. The analyses of earthquake clouds as a form of earthquake prediction are generally not accepted by seismologists and other scientists.

More China earthquake News photo and video update please visit here:

China: At least 62,664 die in killer earthquake

satellite and helicopter photos of china earthquake

Chinese couple’s wedding photo when the earthquake struck

Earthquake In China Unnoticed By Google?

Earthquake cloud, Chinese photographer catch prediction 2 days before earthquake occurred

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Apr 15


1. Fun in the Forbidden City IV

2. Boating in the Palace

3. Brother

4. Climbing over the Red Wall

5. Dialogue I

6. Dragon Boat

7. Empire State Building

8. Fishing

9. Flooding the Forbidden City I

10. Fun in the Forbidden City I

11. Fun in the Forbidden City II

12. Fun in the Forbidden City V

13. Golf Red Wall

14. Golf,The Farmer I

15. Golf,The Farmer II

16. Golf,The Farmer III

17. Golf,The Palace

18. Golf,Tiananmen I

19. Golf,Tiananmen II

20. Heroism

21. Hot 798

22. Victory

23. Idealism I

24. Routime Work I

25. Routine Work II

26. Sedar Car

27. Skiing

28. Smog I

29. Sweeping Tiantan

30. Swimming in the Forbidden City I

31. The City

32. The Sun in our heart

33. Tourists I

34. Tourists II

35. Somewhere in Beijing 3-3

In recent years contemporary Chinese art has become a hot topic at the auctions houses. When a gallery in Beijing or Hong Kong hangs contemporary works in their window, such as the “big baby” portraits, they immediately become popular. The concept of contemporary Chinese art came from the West and it referred to a new tide of art following World War II. Within contemporary Chinese art it is often hard to distinguish between what really belongs to this new tide and what are merely imitations.

During the 1980s and 1990s a few western journalists living in Beijing brought with them to Hong Kong some works by “underground” artists. Most of these were painted on cheap canvases, using poor quality materials, the subject matter was dark and dull. We couldn’t sell these works from our gallery. I believe this was Chinese contemporary art in its initial stages. Xing Xing artists began to emerge from the “underground” and later on came the Yuan Ming Yuan artists. Galleries in Hong Kong started promoting Chinese avant-garde art to the foreign market and international buyers started quietly collecting these works. Later on came the Song Village artists and early this century Yan Club became a pioneer in the area known as 798, which is now a hotbed of contemporary Chinese art in Beijing.

Among these contemporary artists were those who displayed their suffering, others merely imitated this suffering, some copied Western artists such as Hockney, Bacon and Warhol. But among them are also artists such as Chen Lianqing, who manage to skillfully express their own feelings onto canvas.

Lianqing was born in Sichuan Province – known in China as Paradise Province, although life there is actually tough. Sichuan people are sensitive and tolerant, but they also appreciate humour and their dialect reflects this humour. After mastering the skill of painting Lianqing was destined to become a pop artist. The fast developing China has its colorful, bright side, but the background to Lianqing’s paintings is grey, reminding us that there is another world existing. In his paintings there are always historic buildings and around these buildings are hundreds of small orange, very active men representing China’s mass of people. They do’t care about power. In the paintings they are pulling things down, having fun, causing trouble in and around the Palace. They are naughty, happy and very busy – typical Sichuan people. The little men swimming and diving in the flooded Forbidden City are even more interesting, but they also serve to remind us that Lianqing’s hometown was also flooded a few years ago.

Traditional oil painters often think that the technique used by contemporary artists of applying acrylic directly onto the canvas is too simple. On the other hand many traditional oil painters are incapable of painting without using a model. Isn’t this just as simple? Contemporary artists throw themselves into real life, they use real life situations to express their feelings about life. Their works therefore feel real and are easily accessible. All kinds of artists should learn from this.

When I was writing this article I met a director from Sotheby’s New York and I asked her what she thought would be the next hot topic after contemporary art and she said it will still be contemporary art, but just new faces. Good luck to the newcomers!

Fong Yuk Yan

April 2007

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Mar 24

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The image and look of the Beijing Olympic torch relay was released at the Beijing Olympic Media Center.

The Torch Relay Graphic of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

The Torch Relay Graphic

 

Torch Design

 


         A general view of the torch          3D animation

The Beijing Olympic Torch boasts strong Chinese characteristics, and showcases Chinese design and technical capabilities. It embodies the concepts of a Green Olympics, a High-tech Olympics and the People’s Olympics.

The Key Facts about the Torch

The torch is 72 centimetres high, weighs 985 grams and is made of aluminium. The torch is of a curved surface form, with etching and anodizing being used during its production. A torch can usually keep burning for approximately 15 minutes in conditions where the flame is 25 to 30 centimetres high in a windless environment. The torch has been produced to withstand winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour and to stay alight in rain up to 50mm an hour. The flame can be identified and photographed in sunshine and areas of extreme brightness. The fuel is propane which is in accordance with environmental guidelines. The material of its form is recyclable.

The Artistic and Technical Features of the Torch

The torch of the Beijing Olympic Games has a very strong Chinese flavour. It demonstrates the artistic and technical level of China. It also conveys the message of a Green Olympics, a High-tech Olympics and the People’s Olympics. The shape of the paper scroll and the lucky clouds graphic, expresses the idea of harmony. Its stable burning technique and adaptability to the environment have reached a new technical level. The torch of the Beijing Olympic Games is designed, researched and produced in China. BOCOG owns all intellectual property rights.

The Fuel for the Torch

Under the concept of a Green Olympics, environmental protection was a key element listed in the invitation documents to the design companies, by BOCOG. The fuel of the torch is propane, which is a common fuel which also comes with a low price. It is composed of carbon and hydrogen. No material, except carbon dioxide and water remain after the burning, eliminating any risk of pollution.

The Burning System

Its stable burning technique and adaptability to the environment have reached a new technical level. It can stay alight in severe weather conditions such as strong wind, rain, snow, hail, etc. The flame can also be identified in sunshine and areas of extreme brightness so as to satisfy the requirements of capturing photographic images and video footage.

The obverse side
The obverse side
The middle part
The middle part
The upper part
The upper part
The lower part
The lower part

The Design Timelines

2005 August            BOCOG developed the design concepts and requirements of the torch.

2005 December       BOCOG recruited potential torch designs from the design society. In total, BOCOG received 388 pieces of works.

2006 June-August    BOCOG selected the structural designer and the burning system designer.

2007 January          Beijing Olympic Torch was approved by IOC

 

Lantern Design

The lantern

The Torch Relay lantern will be used to store the Olympic flame. Its main purposes will be to receive the Olympic flame kindled in Olympia, to light the Olympic torch and to exhibit the sacred flame.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) requires the flame remain lit during the entire course of the Torch Relay in order to protect the sanctity of the Olympic flame and the purity of the Torch Relay. If the torch flame should be extinguished, it must be relit using the mother flame stored in the lantern. This is to ensure that the flame used to light the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony comes from the sacred Olympic flame kindled in Olympia.

The inspiration for the original design of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay lantern comes from the traditional lanterns used inside ancient Chinese palaces. The silver luster of the lantern coupled with crystal-clear glass serve as a foil to the flame and communicates the Olympic flame’s sanctity and purity.

 

Cauldron Design

The Cauldron

The Olympic cauldron plays a major role in the Olympic Torch Relay. The lighting of the Olympic cauldron symbolizes the end of the Olympic Torch Relay and the beginning of the Olympic celebration.The Beijing Olympic cauldron is based on the concept of a “round heaven and square earth” and takes after a typical cauldron from the Chinese Bronze Age. The cauldron shares with the torch and lantern the design element of the “lucky cloud.”

The 56 “lucky clouds” hollowed out of the curved plate of the Olympic cauldron symbolize well wishes to the world from the 56 ethnic groups in China. The base of the cauldron has four legs with eight faces, symbolizing that the Beijing Olympic Games welcomes friends from all directions across the world. The Olympic cauldron stands 130 centimeters high, symbolizing the 130-day duration of the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay. The cauldron plate is 29 centimeters deep, symbolizing the 29th Olympiad. The cauldron post is 112 centimeters tall, symbolizing the 112 years that have passed between the staging of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and the 2008 Olympic Games.

Torch Stand Design

The Torch Stand

The torch stand is used to display and support the torch, and its design borrows from the architectural styles of the Han and Tang dynasties. The base design of the torch stand shows “lucky clouds” drifting away, as if gently calling out to the torch.

 

Uniform Design

Design of the torchbearer uniform for the Torch Relay
uniforms for the Torch Relay

Design of the escort runner uniform for the Torch Relay
escort runner uniform

Design of the escort staff uniform for the Torch Relay
escort staff uniform

 

The Convoy

Convoy

 

Aircraft

The Aircraft

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