Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Easter in Ordos

Yes, even though we were far away we couldn't let Easter go by without Celebrating this blessed holiday. 

I stayed up late on Saturday night coloring the hard boiled eggs with colored markers.

I woke up Sunday morning to an Easter basket with fun Candy from the Chinese Easter Bunny.

Eric and John bought new suits and thought Easter Sunday would be a good time to show them off.....

It was a chilly day but after church we went for a Sunday afternoon stroll 

The men in their Easter finery. ;-)

For our Sunday walk we went to the grasslands park where we met some children who wanted their pictures taken with us.

As the trees bloomed in early April we realized how blessed we are to be here together.

More posts to come in the next week. Stayed tuned.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ordos Mongolian School

This spring was full of fun experiences and one of the most interesting was visiting the

Ordos Mongolian School with my young friend Trgl. (Nope, I did not mispell her name ;-)

She took me to meet her teacher and mentor from when she was in school, Mr. Meng Du. Meng Du is the Dean of English and is over other departments at the school. He had asked Trgl if I would be willing to teach English at the School. Although I was unable to help him, he was happy to take me on a tour of the school.

The campus is huge and currently accommodates 1800 students from Primary School through High School.

Part of the Library

The hall in the administration building where the library is located. The School has been around for years but they moved to the new campus in Ordos 3 or 4 years ago.

One of the many courtyards

All of the elementary classrooms are designed to resemble a yurt and have skylights.

A second grade class room.

Meng Du explaining the curriculum of the student. Every subject is taught in Mongolian except Chinese liturature, which is taught in Chinese, and English.

Demonstrating the computer board.

The physical education building has a full ballet / yoga studio, seperate weight and exercise room for the teachers, 2 or 3 Gymnasiums as well as typical P.E. facilities.

The arts center

Some of the dormitories. 90% of the Jr. and Sr. high students live on campus and 50% of the elementary students.

These are the Jr. & Sr. High School Boys dormitories.

The science building is divided by subjects on the different floor. One floor is Chemistry, another Biology, another life sciences, etc.

The sixth graders wanted to meet and talk with the American. 

Yep, kids make me happy!

The school store

And one of two cafeterias where they serve 3 meals a day.

The Sr. High houses a gathering place for breaks during the long winter months when the weather doesn't allow them to go outside.

It was a wonderful morning and Meng Du was quite gracious. He and his family have become good friends and I will have to tell you about them in another post!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Random Photos from March - China

Thought I would do some catching up on pictures we have taken over the last couple of months.
We had a late snow storm in March and I wanted to show you more of the street cleaning crews. 

This was the scene outside my kitchen window on the 9th floor. I look down on the intersection and watched the crews work as it was snowing all morning. 

Here a some more pictures from our last visit to Hong Kong in March 14th. I love looking at the architecture of these big cities.

The nice thing about Hong Kong is it is made for pedestrians. Walking towards Victoria Harbor we found more than one peaceful park to stroll through.

At Victoria Harbor on the waterfront.

This picture is for Skye and Ryan -

The Beige colored building is the Church office building in central Hong Kong. It houses a visitors area, three chapels, Cultural halls, Gymnasium, kitchens, etc. 

Darryl and I had some down time one afternoon, so we got on a train and rode it to the end of the line. When we got off to walk around this is what we found.

A small, very old Buddhist temple tucked away in the center of a neighborhood. 

Looking over to the east we could see a cemetary on the side of the mountain.

Back in Ordos the following weekend we went for a scooter ride and discovered a hotel in Ejin Horo (Darryl calls it Inchy) that is finished but not opened for operation yet.

Winged horses pulling a chariot

Beautiful Greek Statuary of pastoral scenes

and a HUGE Genghis Khan Transformer. 

He looks pretty fierce-

He is made out of an Army Truck I think. Talk about mixing cultures!

We rode out to an area that Darryl saw from the air as we flew into Ordos and found that it is a Buddhist Temple and Monastery under construction.

This entire complex has been constructed for a 9 year old Lama who will be living in this complex along with other monks and followers.

The detail in one of the marble staircases -

All of the painting is done by hand and is very intricate and beautiful.

The work stopped for the winter but will soon be starting up again. 

You can see how they painted each individual cube of wood around the windows and doors.

Looking south to Kangbashi (Ordos).

The green color is where they have painted primer on the Stucco and you can see the natural wood around the entrance that is waiting to be painted. 

A panorama shot of the building behind the main building.

The painting on the top of the domes was beautiful.

Pictures of the Lama and some of the monks who will be living here. 

I have so many more things to show you. I will try to get another post up on Sunday.