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Bu Bu Zhai

Bu Bu Zhai

Kang Yung Study House, Hong Kong view map

Before the introduction of modern education to China,
study halls had provided education to children for hundreds years.
Students learnt moral standards and imperial examination related subjects
thru’ Chinese classic texts such as “The Four Books”,
“Three Character Classic” and “Analects”.

The teacher used a ruler-like wooden stick to hit the student’s head
if one failed to answer the teacher’s questions.
This kind of hit makes “bu” sound and
that’s why the Chinese call that kind of school “Bu Bu Zhai”
("Zhai" in Chinese means "school").

Posted on 23 March 2009
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This photo shows a "Bu Bu Zhai" in Hong Kong

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor PC-E 24mm f/3.5D ED
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Chad Ramsey25-Mar-2009 04:04
Thanks for posting the lower photo along with this! Excellent composition~V
shatterbug24-Mar-2009 21:38
Beautifully exposed...great use of available light!
Jeff Waldorff24-Mar-2009 10:52
Wonderful natural light, and scene, CM!
Marcia Colelli24-Mar-2009 02:32
wonderful history and nicely captured V
2004 24-Mar-2009 00:41
Wonderful words "Bu Bu Zhai".
Char23-Mar-2009 23:55
Hi CM,
A beautiful composition! Great lighting. \/
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography23-Mar-2009 23:11
Very nice and perfectly done, stunning details and clarity, V.
Simon Chandler23-Mar-2009 21:31
Fantastic composition and lighting. Love the info. v
Raymond23-Mar-2009 19:46
Wow... you're image is not only perfect, but the story along makes it alive... one can feel the place, hear the sounds from the past echoing on the walls... thus the expression... 'if the walls could talk ' !
Excellent photo...
bill friedlander23-Mar-2009 19:25
Good image and interesting description of the old teaching methods. A little bit Bu Bu Zhai might help today's student. V
marie-jose wolff23-Mar-2009 18:19
Excellent use of light and beautiful composition! V
Marco Valk23-Mar-2009 17:40
excellent photography; great play with light and shadows. gmv
Walter O. Koenig23-Mar-2009 15:10
Excellent presentation with the two images and the description. I'm learning a lot. Thank you. "V"
meekam tam23-Mar-2009 14:31
Hi CM, A very nicely composed photo as usual! The details of all the parts reflecting light from the window and the door are recorded skillfully. The attached photo is also very interesting. V
hugo poon23-Mar-2009 13:29
I've finally known what a "bu bu zhai" is like! Thank you Master Kwan!:-)
ac23-Mar-2009 13:23
Great method to teach photography, if you have learned in a Bu Bu zhai :-)
DL 23-Mar-2009 13:20
Great presentation and excellent documentary!
Christian Frisquet23-Mar-2009 12:55
Splendid use of the light, excellent work. vVv