Trip to ChengDe, China
Fourteen BYU teachers got together for a two day trip to ChenDe, some 250 Kilometers from Beijing, and to the summer palace of the emperors of the Ming Dynasty. There are also two Tibetan style Temples, including one that is aptly named the Little Potala Palace, modeled after the more famous big brother in Lhasa, Tibet.
On the weekend of April 19, we were in Xi'an for a few days to visit former students and good friends. Here are a few photos of the weekend
Fellow BYU Teacher Lamont Lyons is an avid photographer. Our first day in Beijing, he took me for a tour aloung the three lakes behind the Forbidden City. Other photos have been added from Ritan Park and the temple of Heaven in Beijing.
A memorial to those who suffered in the Chengdu Earthquake
Last year, Janet and I traveled the road from Chengdu to Wolong and thence to Jiuzhaiguo. That road followed the epicenter of the terrible earthquake of May, 2008. The few pictures here are intended as a small memorial, to which we add our prayers for those whose images we captured.
BYU China Teachers' Experience
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Celebration Xi'an International Studies University
In May 2006, the name Xi'an International Studies University became official, and a wondereful celebration was held to commemorate the event.
The family of our friend and "adopted" granddaughter Heather Lin invited us to a visit to Yan An in the north of Shaanxi Province. We felt like family. We had wonderful meals, saw fascinating sights, and had time to become well acquainted with very nice people.
Xunyi County, China
Xunyi County, Shaanxi Province, China, is the apple growing capital of China. China now leads the world in apple production. The weekend of October 28 and 29, Janet and I, with several other foreign teachers, were guests of the County government there, and were treated like long-lost friends by children, young people and adults, wherever we went. It was a great experience.
Cherry Blossoms Qinglong Temple
March 31 marked the celebration of the blooming of the cherry trees. Thousands of students, lovers and families journied to the Qinglong Temple to enjoy the beautiful grounds. Wedding photographers used the day to get their "stock shots" of couples.
On April 12 we were introduced to the Daxiangshan Temple by Celia, one of Janet's students. Less than two miles from our campus apartment, and buried within one of the busiest shopping areas in the South part of the City, we came upon delight after delight, and not a few shocks.
Student Pictures- Xi'an International Studies University