Wednesday, March 25, 2009

# 53 Today's picture 090323

090322 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Straight down from the mountains to the city. We see the most incredible people on our street. Tibetans from all areas of the country come down to the city to meet with friends and family, "see something", visit doctors, go to school, buy a new Buddha or two, sell or buy jewelry, purchase a blender for their butter tea or a prayer flag or two, sew up fifty colorful cushions for a new dharma centre, consult their guru or spiritual master, go on a pilgrimage to Emei Mountain or just windowshop and rubberneck. You name it, we see it on our street. This woman had one of the many fantastic hats we see every day in the endless hat parade that is Tibetan traditional couture. She also had an MP3 player in her mobile phone which you can see that she is listening to. 

Zhilam Guesthouse Kangding

©Kris and Stephanie Rubesh

This picture shows Kris and Stephanie's Zhilam Guesthouse (the little blue house to the left) mentioned in the China Daily article below. It has a stunning location high above Kangding and is now open for business. Now that the weather isn't freezing cold in Kangding anymore it's high time to pay a visit to the beautiful mountains! Zhilam means "the path of peace" in Tibetan.

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Kris, Stephanie and Adalia made it into the China Daily

©Xinhua News Agency

Friends of ours here in Chengdu made it into the China Daily today! Kris and Stephanie (and little Adalia) were the first people we met here in Chengdu and they helped us get our apartment. At that time they lived in the same building as we do but since then they have moved up to Kangding and opened a guesthouse for travellers and backpackers - Zhilam Hostel. They can help with all kinds of tourist information, trekking and travelling in the Kangding area. Please visit them, they have just had their official opening. Website: Email: Below is the article from the China Daily:

American family runs hostel in Kangding, SW China
(Xinhua) Updated: 2009-03-24 14:30

Kristopher Rubesh, 32, cleans up a room in his newly finished Tibetan-style Zhilam Hostel in Kangding, a small town in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province, southwest China, March 24, 2009. Infatuated by the unique Tibetan culture and beautiful natural landscapes in Kangding, the family from Oregon of the United States chose to open a hostel in late 2007. Their dream came true in early 2009 when they became the first foreigners running a hostel in the beautiful valley town Kangding. [Xinhua]

School offers lessons in the chemistry of love

A special love school is gaining popularity among students in Beihai, the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

In addition to outlining the skills needed to communicate, the school teaches students how to appear more attractive to the opposite sex.

And the teachers, most of whom are psychologists, usually focus on helping singles find a good husband or a wife.

Mock love scenes include student participation. Most students are office workers with well paying jobs and education.

( (China Daily) Updated: 2009-03-24 09:34

Police put a stop to naked man running on highway

A drunken bet turned into a police incident after a man was seen chasing a completely naked man on a highway in Fuqing, Fujian province, last Monday evening.

A man who was laughing was seen running after the naked man and was holding some clothes. The police soon forced them to stop and reveal the naked truth.

Later, the naked man, surnamed Xiong, said his friend, surnamed Hu, offered him 500 yuan to run 300 meters on the highway.

The two men both work at a local factory and were drinking heavily before the bet.

(Strait Metropolis Daily) (China Daily) Updated: 2009-03-25 08:58