An old man in a narrow backstreet in the Zhifu district, in the center of the city, sorts garbage.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
A building in the center of the city that has been partly demolished stands deserted, waiting for the "team" of "workers" (usually migrant workers - payed for the job, not for the number of hours worked) to come in and and "bring the building down". This work is done with simple hand tools.
'Salted' duck eggs sit in a pile at a small market stall in the "Laishan District" in the east of the city.
Salted duck eggs (xían yā dàn) pinyin -are a Chinese preserved food product made by soaking duck eggs in brine ( for several days to several months) or packing each egg in damp salted charcoal. The eggs are sometimes sold covered in a thick layer of salted charcoal paste.
Two young boys share a joke, whilst drinking Coca Cola ("ke kou ke le", translating into "happiness in the mouth". this was later changed to "Shaolin Cola".) from glass bottles, in a small backstreet in the "Zhifu" district in the center of the city.
Its interesting to note that Coca Cola was first introduced into China in 1928, and was the first US company to distribute its products in China after Deng Xiaoping opened the country to foreign investors in 1979. Initially, Coca-Cola imported its products and was only allowed to sell them to foreigners at specially designated retail outlets, such as hotels and Friendship Stores. In 1985 the government permitted the company to sell its products to the Chinese people.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
In a narrow "nong tang" (alley) in a "hutong" area (traditional Chinese courtyard residence) in the Laishan district in the east of the city, mud forms on the "road" in the late afternoon, as the snow melts, after a heavy snowfall from the previous night
Friday, May 25, 2007
Two men buy fresh 'Doufu' (Tofu) from a street vendor in the east of the city, who rides his biketruck around the 'hutong's' (traditional Chinese alley dwellings) in the early afternoons, calling in a sing song voice. "Fresh Doufu here..."
Tofu or Doufu as it is called in China, is thought to have been invented over two thousand years ago in China. The high protein, low carb 'soya bean' product is a constant 'staple' in Chinese cooking across most of China
Sunday, May 20, 2007
In a 'makeshift' store in a narrow 'nong tang' (alley) in the east of the city a statue of a "Chinese Door God" or the "back door general" (Zhongkui) sits on a shelf amongst smaller statues, strictly speaking not a "Door God' but a mythical exorcist or 'ghost catcher' nonetheless his image (or a statue of "him") is often displayed as the "back door general".
The door gods usually come in pairs, facing each other; it is considered bad luck to place the figures back-to-back. There are several different forms of door gods. The most frequently used are 'Qin Qiong" and "Yuchi Jingde".
Shell on "beach number 1"in the east of the city. The beaches around Yantai are often crowded with locals and tourists alike in the summer months, I'm not sure why as all the beaches that I have seen are either covered with sharp broken shells and or pollution, not to mention the danger of the polluted ocean itself
Two young boys in a narrow "nong tang" (alley) in the east of the city. Government statistics show that 117 boys are born for every 100 girls in China, well above the average for industrialized countries of between 104 and 107 boys for every 100 girls. Unless China gets over itâ��s tradition of wanting male children (to continue the family name, work on the farm and support the family when the parents reach retirement age) over female children the crisis will escalate beyond anyones imagination. As a teacher I see firsthand the consequences of the ill fated "one child policy".(Which of course was put in place as a direct solution to Mao's policy of increasing the population by encouraging families to have many children) The "kids" (around twenty years of age) are socially inept, withdrawn and to put it kindly 'difficult'. The crisis of there being not enough girls for the young men to socialize with and eventually marry will of course led to many problems, sexually transmitted diseases, aggressive behavior (which is already being displayed by many of the students that I teach) are amongst the many that China will need to deal with in the coming years
Saturday, May 19, 2007
In a country with over 1.3 billion people (and counting) and a limited amount of space with a growing population of 'homeless' people, I find it inconceivable that a building in the center of the city lays empty and abandoned. This building once an office building built in the early part of the 20th century (probably around the mid 1930's) is one of many that is empty and disused.