Posts about 'China'

Mirage off Penglai

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

Back in the day, I lived in a pretty obscure part of China: Yantai, in the eastern Shandong province. Not a lot of news comes out of that part of town, so I pay attention when something interesting crosses my wire.

In Penglai, a town we went to visit with our Huaying and Nanshan kids, they apparently get very impressive mirages. You should click through and check out the pictures.

Here’s a picture of me in Penglai, with one of my Nanshan students:

Jason and Nanshan student at Penglai

Here was the rest of the class:

Jason and Nanshan student at Penglai

By now, all these students should be just about ready to graduate.

More China.

San feet high and rising

Friday, July 4th, 2003

This is a outstanding article from the New Yorker about a community fleeing the Yangtze River, as it rises behind the new Three Gorges Dam.

The river hits the vehicle’s left front tire at 8:07 p.m . The men start to load the furniture; the sky grows dark. “Hurry up!” Ou Yunzhen says. Nearby, Zhou Shurong and her five-year-old sister, Zhou Yu, stand the way children do when they sense anxiety in adults: perfectly still, arms straight at their sides, eyes unblinking. At eight-twenty-three, the water reaches the left rear tire. The television is the last object to be loaded; it is placed with care in the front seat, next to the girls. At eight-thirty-four, the driver turns the ignition. As the truck rumbles off, the water reaches the top of the hubcaps.