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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University June 30th 2008

Hello from Riga, Latvia and welcome to the second installment of my four installment wrap up of my last semester in Taizhou. As always, it was a very busy one, with some very special events and always lots of variety! I will keep the text to a minimum and let the photos speak for themselves! I will be publishing fairly frequently from now on, otherwise my adventure will be over before you get to read about it! There are 17 blogs to date (I am currently about half way through my trip) , so you have been warned! To my wonderful students and friends in Taizhou, welcome back to another semester. I trust it is a successful one and I encourage you to keep in touch. Messages while I am travelling are very much appreciated and ... read more
Spring has sprung on the campus grounds
Spring walks through Taizhou
Foreign Language Festival

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University June 15th 2008

One of the most joyfull days during my teaching assignment at Taizhou Teachers College came on Monday, May 26th, 2008. The Olympic Torch Run through China was about to reach the city of Taizhou. There had been a delay, since China was still deep in mourning on the 23rd of May, the day originally scheduled for the presentation of the Olympic Torch Run in Taizhou. Taizhou, the "City of the Phoenix", was only one of five cities in the prosperous province of Jiangsu, to host this once in a life-time, historical event. The four others were the garden-city of Suzhou, the beautiful, historical city of Yangzhou, the former capital of China, Nanjing, and the coastal city of Nantong. Taizhou had been preparing for months, to make sure the event became a special and momentous day for ... read more
It must have been one of her proudest moments.
Taizhou is not Paris!
Coca Cola uses China's favorite color, red, for its maximum exposure.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University May 7th 2008

In Part 2, TAIZHOU - THE CITY OF THE PHOENIX, let me present you a "mosaic" of my "2008 Spring Activities" in- and around my home-city in China. These warmer months have been a long awaited in all parts of China, with the nation having survived the coldest winter in 50 years. My many special and wonderful activities surrounding Taizhou during the spring months have been varied and memorable. There has been no weekend, during which I was not offered- and participated in excitement, that brought me joy and exhilaration. During the weekdays of my spring semester 2008, I continue to be surrounded by my loving students. These are so eager to advance their comprehension of the English language, in my smaller than expected classes, in anticipation of becoming successful English teachers in China within the ... read more
Dragon Boat passes the Grand-stand.
A kiss at the entrance to Taishan Park in Taizhou.
It is spring 2008 in Taizhou Teachers College's garden campus.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University April 5th 2008

Finally, I can publish this blog after it being "almost" completed since January. So, for those of you who have wondered what has become of me, here is a synopsis of the last semester in Taizhou Teachers College! From the arrival of our freshman last September, through our Autumn Sports Carnival in November and the many activities and cultural events since, I hope you will enjoy this overview of my everyday experiences in Taizhou Teachers College. There are a large number of photos, so apologies to those of you who have slow internet connections! In coming weeks I will take you on a journey to the North of China to experience the Snow and Ice Festival in Haerbin, to the coastal city of Qingdao, famous for its beer and as being one of the top wedding ... read more
Welcome crew and a few ring-ins!
More welcome crew from the Foreign Language Department
Never miss an opportunity!

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University March 11th 2008

It is difficult to imagine, unless one has been a personal witness, how much Taizhou has changed its image and sky-line in only 2 years. That is the time since my first visit to this "mid-size" Chinese-city of 5 million inhabitants. Now it is my place of satisfying employment as a college teacher, and here I will continue to enjoy my second, comfortable home for some years to come. My time in China, especially in Taizhou and its surroundings, is truly the adventure of a life-time. The undertaking of this journey continues to teach and enhance my love for life, and gives me daily reasons to be grateful for my extra-ordinary blessings. I am so happy to share them with you through this wonderful media, the internet, and with help of the founder of the TravelBlog, ... read more
Room for three
A new and spectacular symbol for Taizhou, the Wanghai Tower.
Surrounding and beyond Taizhou are lands rarely visited by tourists, much less a western face.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University January 16th 2008

My time in Taizhou has been made more "colorful" by many invitations to Chinese weddings, especially among the English-staff of our college as well as some of Arthur's friends. The occasions have become wonderful introductions into the changing trends of China's ancient customs, as Western tradions enter and begin to permiate many aspect of China's thousand year old traditions. As in the United States, weddings are now big business, though, throughout China's history, they have always been expensive occasions, but today at least most modern brides and grooms get to choose their own partners. The wedding industry in China has developed at an amazing speed in only the last 15 years. The effect of this growth has been a boost to other industries such as the fashion houses, hairdressing, jewellery and gifts, furniture and home appliances, ... read more
An invitation to a Chinese-wedding is always a special honor.
Pemit me to take you on a photo journey to some weddings I have been invited to in Taizhou.
Bride and groom accept my congratulations and thanks for their invitation.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University January 2nd 2008

One of the most anticipated years in China's history has emerged and in a few weeks, the "Year of the Rat" will be announced in the Chinese Lunar Calendar as the Peoples Republic of China will celebrate its "Coming-Out" party to the world, hosting the 2008 Olympics with opening ceremonies scheduled for August, 8th. (08-08-08) The number 8 is a very auspicious number in Chinese culture indicating a year of prosperity, and on that special date the world is about to experience the pride and joy of the new and modern China in spectacular fashion. I have been to Beijing several times, and it is obvious, that the city is ready to present and represent China to the family of world-nations hosting the 29th Olympic Games. Beijing's ancient palaces and buildings and now, its newest, modern ... read more
"Trees of Light"
The Year of the Rat in 2008
The New Year sausages are drying in the winter sun.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University December 27th 2007

Yes, it's been some months since I published a new blog, but this is proof I have not fallen off the edge of the earth! The approach of Xmas is always a good impetus to put pen to paper, or in this case, fingers to the keyboard! In the next week or so I will bring you up to speed with a synopsis of this past semester, my fourth at Taizhou Teachers College. That is if our appalling internet connections will allow! In the meantime, read and on and share in some of the fun of the past week or so of celebrating Xmas "Chinese Style". This is my second Xmas in China and I’m still a little surprised by the enthusiastic adoption of this very Western Festival by my Chinese friends. This is especially as ... read more
Jennifer leads Jingle Bells
071 Sleigh mob
Cool sheep

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University December 15th 2007

IN ANOTHER 10 DAYS I WILL CELEBRATE MY 2nd CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS IN CHINA, AND IT IS A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON THE BLESSINGS OF MY LIFE. MY 18 MONTHS IN CHINA HAVE BEEN EVERY BIT THE ADVENTURE I HAD HOPED FOR, AND HAVE BROUGHT ME MORE JOY THAN I COULD HAVE ASKED FOR. TO MY WONDERFUL FAMILY, TO MY OLD FRIENDS AT HOME AND IN FOREIGN LANDS, TO MY NEW AND SPECIAL FRIENDS IN CHINA, TO MY CURRENT STUDENTS AND COLLEGUES AT TAIZHOU TEACHERS COLLEGE, AND TO MY FORMER STUDENTS AND FRIENDS AT CORAL GABLES SR. HIGH SCHOOL, I SEND YOU WARM AND THANKFUL WISHES FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IN GRATITUDE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR CARE. I HOPE YOU WILL SPEND YOUR TIME THIS CHRISTMAS SURROUNDED BY THE LOVE, WARMTH, AND STRENGTH OF YOUR FAMILIES ... read more
One of the five Olympic Friendlies
Prepared for the Christmas Holidays
Greeted by the staff of the new Pizza Hut in Taizhou.

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Taizhou » Taizhou University October 14th 2007

The National Holiday for China is October 1st. On this day in 1949, Chairman Mao declared the P.R.C. from the rostrum of Tian'anmen Gate in Beijing to throngs of proud and cheering Chinese citizens. Each year this National Holiday celebration continues in importance and significance, and the festivities now include the first seven days of every October. These 7 days in October are now known by the Chinese as the "Golden Week" for travel. Increasingly, China's ever-more affluent 1.4 billion people enjoy this vacation as national tourists, traveling to China's grand sights, sharing pride and quality time with family and friends. Students around the country also anticipate these first seven days in October, as millions of them prepare return-visits to their families, much like our students travel home during the Thanksgiving-holidays. The college and university "freshmen ... read more
The PLA soldiers are proud and happy to pose.
The freshmen show great enthusiasm.
These two soldiers encouraged my daily visits.




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