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My Company's Spring Festival Celebration Show

a brief preview


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Each year my company, the Guangxi Hualan Design and Consulting Group, Ltd., has a big celebration show for the Spring Festival, also known as the lunar new year.

This year, as well as last year, it was held in the Nanning People's Hall, or the city government's big auditorium. The show features performances by professional dancers, magicians, etc., but also lots of people from our company participate. There are speeches from our leaders, a year in review slide show, and it is also the venue for giving annual company awards.

The entire show was recorded and professionally edited into a movie available on the network at the office. This is just the first two minutes, a condensed preview of the entire show.

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Glacier in Tibet

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My tour group stopped to take some photos of a beautiful valley surrounded by glacier topped mountains. It was a quick stop, one of many on our tour, but still very pristine. The glacial milk fed waterfalls that ran down into the little valley where, it appeared, a few Tibetans made their homes. There were people selling souvenirs. A few small girls were carrying around goats charging tourists to take photos, they were a bit aggressive, but seemed mostly bored.

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Yamdrok Lake

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Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet's four holy lakes. It is a huge high mountain lake that winds its way through countless valleys and canyons. Tibetan's say it looks like a scorpion from the air, I think it does too.

It is a salt water lake, but the salinity is lower than the ocean, and low enough to allow it to be used for drinking. I tasted it, and it really wasn't that salty. I'm no salinity monitor, but I didn't really taste any salt. I remember tasting the Great Salt Lake on a pre-school field trip when I was 4, and decided I should taste this lake too.

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We stopped in the valley and walked to the receding shoreline, and stopped again just before we crossed the pass into the next valley. The water was so clear and beautiful, the sky so blue, and the distant snowcapped mountains were gorgeous. Tibet is such a beautiful place.

There were many Tibetans on the mountain pass selling tourist goods and photos with Tibetan animals. It was fun to see a group of them sitting right there on the road, surrounded by empty beer bottles, hot water thermoses, and their motorcycles. They were playing some sort of game on the asphalt. Such a free, but arduous, life.

I paid 10 RMB to sit on a yak. It seemed smaller than other yaks I had seen. This yak was decked out in the traditional Tibetan yak garb. Even when plowing fields, the cows in Tibet have earrings and horn ornaments. It makes agriculture seem more festive and exciting. It made me think about how nice it is to put beauty and craftsmanship into everyday activities.

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I finally got a close view of the yak's nose piercing. All of the water buffalo I see around Guangxi province are also pierced this way. The Chinese name for the yak is directly translated as "hairy cow." You can see why this is its name, with those long flowing hairs all around it like a skirt. Yaks are a type of cow that only thrive in very high altitudes, where they need a warm skirt.

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Jellies in Fangchenggang

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I traveled to Fangchenggang, a coastal town in Guangxi province, with some colleagues for a meeting. While there we looked at several project sites and stopped at the beach. We drove right onto the sand in the car! There was a peculiar high tide mark in the sand. All along the beach was a line of stranded dead jellyfish. They were LARGE jellyfish. I don't know why they all became stranded, perhaps some seasonal ocean current, or part of their mating cycle? We were fascinated by them. My Chinese colleagues seemed a bit disgusted by them, even though they eat such things for dinner. It was kind of sad to see so many dead jellies, but the sun reflecting from their shiny bodies made a beautiful glowing line all the way down the beach. My camera didn't capture the effect very well, but you get the idea. And for lunch after our meeting, nothing but seafood. Luckily the broth in the crab soup didn't taste like crab, and there was a dish of boiled greens and some rolls that were not fishy.
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Mount Everest Base Camp

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We arrived at the lower base camp at about 7:20pm and the sun was rapidly setting. The lower base camp is where most of the activity is (during tourist season and not climbing season). Of course there were people selling souvenirs and lots of 4WD vehicles. There were also many large tents where people slept, including some tourists who paid extra.
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I'm certain why there is a upper and lower base camp. My guess is that it is some government way to control access to the actual base camp. Anyone wanting to go to the upper base camp must take special "eco" buses from the lower base camp, which just gives someone another way to charge people to visit the real base camp. As far as we could tell these "eco" buses were not any more environmentally friendly or sustainable than any of the other old buses in China, except they crammed people into them until the aisles were full of people standing up. I guess you could call that an "eco" bus like a big carpool.
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By the time we finally got to the upper base camp the sun had set and clouds had covered the north face. We were lucky to get such a brilliant view of it from the lower base camp, so we weren't complaining. It was getting dark very fast so our photos were all a bit blurry. The upper base camp has a few permanent buildings, not just tents like the lower base camp. We were only there for a few windy minutes, but it was special nonetheless.

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