Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sino-Israel International Innovation Incubator, Dalian, China

Renmin Square, Dalian, China

People's Square was initially built as the Dairen Tyouja Square by the occupying Japanese in 1914, changed to Dairen Government Square in 1945, renamed Dairen Vissarionovich Square by the occupying Soviets in 1949, and finally renamed the People's Square in April 1999.

Huckleberry Finn bag needs stick !  Chinese love Twain.

People's Government bldg, Dalian

original lobby fixture, on the right that is...
soccer ball very not original

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Zhongshan Square, Dalian, China

Zhongshan Square, in Dalian, Liaoning, China, is originally designed by Russians in the 19th century, it is especially noted for the several classical buildings located on the square built during the first half of the 20th century by the Japanese.

The square was originally built in 1898 by the Russians as Nikolayevskaya Square (in Russian: Николаевская площадь, meaning Nikolai's plaza).  It was later renamed by the Japanese as Ōhiroba (Japanese: 大広場), meaning large plaza as compared to the smaller Nishihiroba (Japanese: 西広場) meaning west square), now called Friendship Square.  After 1945, it was once more renamed as Zhongshan Square, in honor of Sun Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen), the first president of the Republic of China.

Dalian Hotel (Yamato Hotel orig 1914)

1908 Dalian Police Station

1914 Yamato Hotel

1909 Bank of Yokohama
1918 Dalian City Hall

Hector Guimard influence, Paris subway

Zhongshan Square is 700 ft in diameter. Ten roads radiate from the square, clockwise:
  • Shanghai Road (上海路) - north
  • Minsheng Street (民生街)
  • Qiyi Street (七一街)
  • Renmin Road (人民路) - east
  • Luxun Road (鲁迅路)
  • Jiefang Street (解放街)
  • Yan'an Road (延安路) - south
  • Yuguang Street (玉光街)
  • Zhongshan Road (中山路) - west
  • Minkang Street (民康街)
Renmin and Zhangshan Roads form the main east-west artery of the downtown Dalian area. East of the square is Renmin Road, passing through the hotel area toward Gangwan Square, near the Port of Dalian. West of the square is Zhongshan Road, passing through Frendship Square, Qingniwaqiao, and the City Hall, toward Lushun.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve, Dafeng, China

Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve is located in Dafeng, Jiangsu Province and near the Yellow Sea coast in eastern China. Milu is also known as Père David's deer or elaphure, a species of deer that is currently extinct in the wild. They are native to the subtropics of China, preferring marshland environment and grazing mainly on grass and aquatic plants. Early in neolithic times, the milu’s range extended across the majority of mainland China. Archaeologists have found milu antlers at settlements from the Liao River in the north to Jiangsu (including Dafeng) and Zhejiang Province and across the Yellow and Yangtze River Basins in Shaanxi and Hunan Province. However, in the late 19th century, there was only one herd belonged to Tongzhi, the Emperor of China and maintained in the Nanyuan Royal Hunting Garden. Then in 1900, the garden was occupied by troops and some of the deer were shot, some were illegally transported to Europe for exhibition and breeding.

Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve is a second reintroduction of Milu into China in 1986 where 36 milu were chosen from five UK zoological gardens with the bulk of the deer coming from Whipsnade Wild Animal Park sponsored by National Forestry Department of China and World Wildlife Fund. It is an unpolluted wetland and has been recognized as a fabulous conservation land for Milu. In 2006, the population at this Nature Reserve had researched around 950 with an average annual population increases 17%. It is now the largest Milu Nature Reserve in the world, and in 1997 it was awarded as the National Nature Reserve in China.

Milu have been listed as extinct in the wild, as all populations are under captive management. In Dafeng Nature Reserve, free-ranging projects have been put forward since 1986, after 10 years’ exploring, the free-ranging population has increased 13.2% by year and formed the herd of 118 free-ranging milu. Until 2013.9, the population has increased to 2027 in the Reserve.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

NGI Yancheng facility, Yancheng, China

 The Nano Group, Inc. affiliate Yancheng Inframat, in Jiangsu Province, has a 50,000 sq ft facility in a high-tech industrial park. 

polluted canal in Yancheng