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Just at the end of holiday do I come to accept such a fact: The price that we have to pay for being luxuriously feasted with first two clear and fine days is that we have to endure the smog the rest of the holiday. But wait a minute, maybe my luck is not that bad.

This National Day holiday, I barely visited anywhere but several nearby scenic spots. I kept learning the news the number of visitors to those famous spots hit record high. The Broken Bridge in Hangzhou has turned into a bridge of visitors; The Great Wall has been renamed as “Wall of Men”.

Those who have planned to drive home are having a hard time, too. The traffic jam is so heavy that the express ways became a huge parking lot (one of the rare resources in most big cities in China,huh?). Someone even humorously suggests those who haven’t got married seek their romance in that spacious”parking lot”–You have plenty of time for achieving your success. A couple had to change their plan to a sightseeing visit to Tianjin due the heavy traffic. They previously planned to drive back to their hometown in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province.

What are travels or tours for? For me, I travel for pleasure, for fun, and for some time with my family. What if it is ruined by mental tensions during the trip or worries about the return tickets?

Oh my! I’d rather stay at home, even though I have to endure those smoggy days.

 

 

 

 

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Last Sunday,my wife Alice and I went to the Olympic Forest Park. We went there in our own car.Alice has got her driving license already,but is still not skilled enough to drive on some busy roads.So we have to get on the roads in the early mornings. That morning,we decided to have a walk in the park nearby.Everything was fine and we reached there safe and sound. The following pictures were taken by me with my cellphone.We hadn’t been there for months and things had changed a lot there…. More beautiful than before. A bit hot as it was, the park was  a cozy place for a picnic outside.

 

The walk was a quick one,partly because Frank was still home, busy with his preparations for the final exam.Everything was fine till we were trying to park our car in our underground parking space in the neighbourhood.The car was almost right in its place when she pressed the accelerator hard. She was too nervous to remove her foot away onto the brake. Then I saw the car bumping backward and almost rushed out of the space.There was several seconds of silence.Neither of us saw why this was happening.Alice was still in the car,dumbfounded. I heard myself shouting at her,”Why were you pressing the accelerator that hard?See where the car is!”She said nothing.And I said nothing more,either. I went to the people in the parking lot and asked for help. With their help, the car was moved in its place.

 

Lucky that nobody was hurt,and nothing was damaged except several slight scratches on our car that required some repairing work.Later that afternoon,we sent the car to the 4S store with the help of Alice’s brother and everything went back to its order.

 

When everything was done,we went home. Alice was so nervous that she needed a rest.Then I cooked supper for us. While I was cooking, she went in.She came up to me, her arms circling my waist, her head against the back of my neck. Then she said,”I’ve come to know you are so tolerant….Well,you know,if you had made the same mistake,Iwould have chewed you out…..hundred percent sure..”

 

Hearing this, I felt a bit misty in my eyes. After a while, I said slowly,”You still don’t know me well enough.. I was angry not because you damaged the car,I was worrying about your safety. It has something more to do with sorry than anger. You know, it’s me who should’ve driven the car,but I didn’t. And that’s why I was so eager to get the driving license as early as possible. So, not because I am tolerant,just because I feel sorry about it.”

 

God bless me.

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Just read an interesting piece of news a while ago. The local government of Ningbo,Zhejiang Province, carried out some ‘affordable graves’ for its residents. Each grave will cost no more than rmb7800.

We Chinese are leading a tough life now, and it’s indeed not easy to make a living in here. So, do give a second thought when you choose to die due to your failure to get an ‘affordable apartment’, coz it may be equally costly for you to get an’ affordable grave’!? To be or not to be, it’s not only a question for Hamlet, but all people of the middle or lower classes in China.

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Here’s a piece of interesting news carried in Oct. 11th’s China Daily Mobile version:

“October 10 this year, or 10/10/10, was supposed to be such a lucky date that some couples arranged Caesarean sections specifically so their babies would be born Sunday. But Niamh Bond arrived on the 10th day of the 10th month of 2010 all by herself – and, just for good measure, at 10 seconds after 10 past 10 as well, UK media reported. She was born weighing just 1.68kg after being delivered naturally at 8 weeks premature. Hearne, the girl’s mother, said, “When I looked at the clock I was gobsmacked. It is certainly a date to remember.”

 You are lucky enough if you were born on a date with triple tens ( Oct. 10th,XX10), and it’s like a myth in the Arabian Nights if you were born exactly 10 seconds after 10 minuttes after 10 on Oct. 10th, 2010. Niamh Bond, however, has made it by being born with sextuple tens. Isn’t she lucky?

We Chinese regard the figure ten as a state of consummation, or perfection as it contains all the other single-digit figures, and a symbol of auspiciousness or sheer luck. The Chinese idiom of “Shi Quan Shi Mei ” refers to a perfect state that hardly exists in reality, or an illusion.

 However, there are even luckier ones. A lottery ticket bought in UK won a record 113million British pounds on the Euromillions lottery draw last Friday. It is not clear yet whether the winner is an individual or syndicate. No matter what, the person or persons having won the prize would the luckiest one in the world, as the chance was one in 76,275,360… (OO_^_OO).

So, go buy some lottery tickets right away, man! 🙂

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Finally…..Reluctantly, though.

It’s a pretty long holiday and I really enjoy it very much although I didn’t go outside Beijing the whole holiday. Then, tell you what I did and where I went, which was not as what I had scheduled it previously. 

I did go to Shunyi, the suburbs of Beijing and spent a whole day there. It was the first day.  The spot was kind of a leisure park. We strolled among the green trees, camping on the green meadow. We kicked shuttlecock and flew kites.  We didn’t have anything in the countryside. After fishing a while, we returned to downtown for dinner.  

Then , we went to Beihai Park and went boating for some time. When the night fell, we had dinner at a Hakka-style restaurant, a frequented place of mine with my customers. It was nice enjoying the tasty food beside the neon-lit lake, with the noises and melodies from the bars around your ears. 

We didn’t go to the concerts and postponed it till the end of this month, when a famous dance show called “Si Lu Hua Yua”(丝路花雨)will be staged at the Big Egg. It is a show from my hometown province featuring the long history of Dunhuang Grottos. So, it’s worthwhile to be there enjoying something from the place I was born. 

For the rest of the holiday, I mainly stayed home simply relaxing myself.  It was great staying indoors, doing house chore, doing some reading, listening to music, or even taking a nap.   It is a time to slow the fast-paced life style a bit, and enjoy some real leasure time of life. 

A plain holiday is over, and there’s tons of work waiting for me ahead. So, buckle up…….and here we go!

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After nearly getting through the most complicated work arrangement ever between the Mid-Aurtumn Day and National Day, we have only one more day to go for a 7-day long holiday.  Any ideas about how to spend this holiday? Maybe you can share your plans with us here. 

Certainly, me first.  To be honest, I don’t have any specific plans for it.  Neither am I planning to go outside Beijing in fear of the avalanche of people and the nerve-wracking traffic-jams.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I will lie lazily in bed these days.  Here are some of my ideas, several options I may have during the time:

1. Go to the suburbs. It’s nice staying at a peasant’s courtyard for one night, enjoying the serenity in the countryside, savoring the original dishes cooked by the host, picking grapes or apples in the orchids, and the like.  It will keep you away for a while from the crowds and hullabaloos in the city.  A home-cooked dish has turned into a rare delicacy, shall we feel sad or happy?

 2. Go to some concerts. I barely have enough time doing this during the workdays, though I love it very much.  So, 7 days are long enough for me to do it.  To my delight, there will be some wonderful concerts then in the National Center for Performing Arts, also known as the Big Egg, and some other venues.  I guess there will be lots of choices at my hand then. 

3. Go to some sightseeing spots. I like The Fragrance Hill, the Summer Palace, and the Olympic Forest Green is just in my vicinity.  I love to go to the Fragrance Hill in the early morning before tourists swarm there.  I love to go to the Summer Palace before the sunset, because I think the place is in its greatest splendor in the setting sun.  

And I also love the greenness in the Olympic Forest Green, where exuberant trees and plants grow everywhere( Of course, also because it is the nearest place I can go, only one or two kilometers from my home).  It’s nice just roaming along the paths among the trees, inhaling the fresh morning air in the woods. Some unknown flowers, seemingly planted at randoms, are still blooming.  The big park seems never that crowded even if people come and go group by group thanks to it vastness. Here your mood will never be spoiled because of too many people.

 A simple plan, right? Do share yours with me.

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On this day 79 years ago, the Japanese warmongers waged a war against China. During the 8 years of their invasion, they had commited crimes against humanity. They occupied our land, looted our resources, and massacred our people. The following are some pictures bringing their crimes against Chinese people to light and let’s keep the history deep in mind!

Never forget the history!!!!

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Thousands of bodies piled up by the Yangtze River near Nanjing
Thousands of bodies piled up by the Yangtze River near Nanjing
Our compatriots' heads after being killed

Our compatriots' heads after being killed

Heads hanging up high...

Heads hanging up high...

The live target for the  trocious militants

The live target for the trocious militants

They even didn't let go of the elderly

They even didn't let go of the elderly

Bodies piled up in the ditch to be buried

Bodies piled up in the ditch to be buried

Numerous bodies scattered along the river

Numerous bodies scattered along the river

The inhuman militants shooting our compatriots as live targets

The inhuman militants shooting our compatriots as live targets

Bodies were just being piled up like this....

Bodies were just being piled up like this....

A raped woman whose belly was trpped open

A raped woman whose belly was trpped open

A woman was gang-raped and killed

A woman was gang-raped and killed

Chinese women forced to comfort Japanese militants

Chinese women forced to comfort Japanese militants

A woman raped and then killed

A woman raped and then killed

A woman who had been gang-raped by Japanese militants

A woman who had been gang-raped by Japanese militants

The inhuman Japanese militants eating the hearts of our compatriots

The inhuman Japanese militants eating the hearts of our compatriots

The moment a woman's head was being chopped off

The moment a woman's head was being chopped off

The moment a man's head was being chopped off

The moment a man's head was being chopped off

A soldier whose flesh on the leg had been stripped off live

A soldier whose flesh on the leg had been stripped off live

A 3-year-old boy at the tip of Japanese militant's bayonet

A 3-year-old boy at the tip of Japanese militant's bayonet

Heads piled up like a hill

Heads piled up like a hill

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