Since I have been fortunate enough to travel to China several times, I have enjoyed reading the signs that been translated into English while I am there. During a recent trip, I encountered a couple signs that I would like to share with you today. Would you like to see them?

More Interesting Signs in China

Perhaps this is a motivational sign; it was located on a store-front looking building. This area has several small businesses, and some mom and pop restaurants. Maybe it is some advertising slogan, but I don’t know. It did, however, catch my eye. One thing that made me notice it was that it wasn’t a very traditional way of conveying a message in China. Usually the signs in China wouldn’t be this challenging to an individual.

More Interesting Signs in China

This sign was amusing and confusing all at the same time. It was taken in a public restroom in Beijing, and I saw it after a friend came out of the restroom laughing and saying I had to go see the sign. I wonder what exactly it was that someone wanted to speak to someone else about, as it is referenced in this sign. If you know, please share the information with me!

The signs I see while traveling are interesting to me. Some of the translations inspire my imagination, while others leave me puzzled.

Have you encountered similar signs or situations as you traveled abroad?

 

 

One of the things Global Partners in Life tries to do for the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China is to provide a wonderful environment in which they can live, grow, and flourish. I have an example of this captured in the photograph below. Can you guess what they are doing?

A Dance Off for the Ages

These two little boys are both almost four years old, and they are dancing! The boy in the red shirt has had two cleft pallet surgeries, and the boy in the beige shirt is blind. Actually, the blind boy doesn’t really act as if he is blind, based on how freely he walks around the apartment and takes care of himself.

If you look in the background of the picture, you can see that the girl in the pink shirt is laughing at the boys as they dance. I am very comfortable in saying that these two young boys provide hours and hours of entertainment for her.

I am so thankful to see these two guys dance and enjoying themselves as they are doing in the photo above.

If you would like to help us provide for them, please visit www.globalpartnersinlife.org and click on “Donate Now.”

It is difficult for most people, myself included, to grasp how large Beijing is. The population density is staggering to most of us, as there are about 22 million people living there and it is still growing! The population growth has led to a few unique problems, and today I wanted to share with you about one surprising situation.

I have heard it said that Beijing is sinking! I know that seems hard to believe, but I can’t imagine this report would be published if there wasn’t some data to reinforce it. So, here is the theory. With the constant growth of Beijing’s population, the need for more and more water is apparent. The belief is that, as more and more water is consumed from beneath Beijing, it is not being replaced by sources. With this void from missing water, the weight of Beijing is actually causing it to sink slightly (less than an inch) annually.

Is Beijing Really Sinking?

I can honestly say that I don’t recall ever seeing a raging stream near Beijing. I can, however, say I have seen several shallow streams like the ones represented in the photos.

Is Beijing Really Sinking?

I have heard of an enormous project planned to bring water from south of Beijing into the city. This plan will tap into the river system in the south, and route the water to Beijing. I have heard that canals would be dug, and I have heard that a pipeline with pumps would be used. This project may be in progress or already completed, but I am not sure.

The two photographs above were taken slightly outside Beijing, and the picture below was taken inside Beijing. The stream in the city has concrete walls to control the water and stop erosion. I think you will notice a difference in the water levels also.

Is Beijing Really Sinking?

I don’t know all that is involved with addressing this issue of sinking, or if it is something worthy of concern, but I do know that Beijing is an amazing city to visit!

If you ever have the opportunity to visit, please take advantage of it!

I am very proud of the young man pictured below. He overcame tremendous challenges early in his life, and now he is soaring. The leader of the Chinese special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life said that he was abandoned by his biological parents, and he had a horrible burn on his face. When the leader of the orphanage received him, they had to remove burned skin from over his eye so he could open it. He has also had skin grafts done, but still has scarring.

When he became old enough for school, the school system refused to enroll him as a student for two reasons. The school felt with the scars on his face, he would be a distraction to the other students in the class. Also, they felt it would be cruel to allow him to enroll, because all of the other students would pick on him and it would cause him psychological and emotional harm. I am thankful to report that the lady that leads the orphanage went to battle for him, and after sending many letters and having several meetings with education officials, our little friend was allowed to enroll!

One of the things Global Partners in Life does for this young scholar is to pay for his school fees, lunches, school uniforms, and school supplies. I would say we are seeing a great return on our investment!

It has taken many years, but he has overcome his rough beginning! Last year he had the best math grades in his class, and this year he has the best overall grades! And to think that he was not going to be allowed to enroll in school!

I am so proud of him for doing so well with his school work, and also for overcoming other obstacles. The day the photo was taken, there were about twenty people in the room! Yes, we were making noise and playing with the other children, yet he not only chose to do his school work, but was also focused enough to tune out all of the distractions going on around him. One of the things Global Partners in Life does for this young scholar is to pay for his school fees, lunches, school uniforms, and school supplies. I would say we are seeing a great return on our investment!

If you want to help him to continue his success, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org and invest in his future!

 

 

Believe me, people living in Beijing know they have a serious problem with air pollution. Not only can you see it, breathe it, and taste it on a bad day, but it is also published in many places. China can go to extreme measures to battle their air pollution problem from the highest levels, and there is something the citizens can do to help daily as well. Would like to know what they are doing?

One Way to Beat Air Pollution

They are riding bikes! Something so simple can get cars and public transportation off the roads ,which will decrease the exhaust and fumes from vehicles. There is a system in China where you can download an app, load money on the system, and then find where the rental bikes are located and help yourself to a bike. Once you are done with the bike, you just park it, and the next person needing a bike in the area can rent it. Once you park the bike, the app will deduct money from your account based on the use of the bike.

One Way to Beat Air Pollution

These bike stands are literally all over Beijing. Hopefully they will help people get where they need to be in a timely manner, and they will improve the quality of the air.

Please don’t think that the air pollution is bad every day in Beijing, because that isn’t how it is. For example, during my last trip I stayed in Beijing for a few days, and the air was fine. Then I went to another city for a few days, and returned to Beijing. During my return to Beijing, the air quality was noticeably worse — so you win some and you lose some with the air quality in Beijing.

When the air pollution hits critical levels, some factories are shut down, and an odd/even system is implemented on when you can drive, based on the numbers contained in your personal information. China also practices cloud-seeding to generate a cleansing rain. The day after it rains the skies are beautiful and blue!

Do you regularly ride your bike anywhere?

During the last trip to China, I was able to enjoy multiple visits with the children at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. There is one boy there that is so full of life and energy that he is hard to keep an eye on. Would you like to see a picture of him?

A Post-Surgery Look: It Is All Better!

Global Partners in Life has provided the funding for two cleft pallet surgeries for him, and he was showing me how he has healed! After recovering from his second operation, he has started speaking! His condition was severe, so he doesn’t enunciate his words very well, but at least now he is trying — before the surgery, he didn’t speak much at all.

To correct his lip, muscle from the area surrounding the two gaps in his lip had to be pulled into place, but there wasn’t enough muscle to cover all of the area needed. The lack of muscle prevented the doctors from forming his lip completely as they wanted. When he eats certain foods, the food may spill out of his mouth.

He will require at least one more surgery. After the lip has been closed and the gum has been closed, then an additional operation is required to close the gap in the roof of the mouth. My little friend has a large gap to close in the roof of his mouth, and the doctors hope everything they need to do can be accomplished in one operation.

If you would like to help this friend of mine have his next surgery, please go to www.globalpartnersinlife.org and donate!

One thing that has amused me over the years of my traveling to China is the group of guys you will see enjoying a meal together. Well . . . they are usually enjoying more than just the meal! There is a longstanding custom in China for guys having a meal together that is played out frequently all around China.  Would you like to see what it looks like?

A Chinese Dinner Party for Men

It involves the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and it starts out innocently enough. With the meal, there will be a few toasts made to their group, accomplishments, company, team, or whatever else they have in common. At the end of the meal, more toasts are made; and then it becomes more like a drinking game. One person will go to another person and offer a toast just between them, not the entire table. Even if the guy having the toast offered to him knows he has had enough to drink, culturally he can’t refuse the toast. After a few of these something humorous happens.

With groups like this, it is considered an honor to be the person that pays the bill. So, a good-natured all-in-fun wrestling match will break out to see who gets the honor of paying the bill. This is so funny to watch, but let me make sure you understand that nobody is mad and everyone is having a good time. Yes, they may raise their voices at one another while they are jostling to see who will get to pay the bill, but nobody is mad — and I promise you, they are having a great time! Oh, and the chances are very strong that there will be several cigarettes consumed that evening!

Have you ever wrestled for the honor of paying the bill?

 

One of the many ways Global Partners in Life serves the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China is to provide for their daily needs. Yes, we also provide for their medical needs, educational needs, and the workers that take care of them; but one of the things I enjoy doing for them is just a simple trip to the grocery store. Would you like to know what is purchased for them?

Almost always I purchase school and office supplies, and I always provide diapers . . . lots of diapers. Sometimes I will purchase rice, and I frequently purchase cleaning supplies. Something the children also enjoy is when I bring them toys, puzzles, games, and outdoor equipment, and I always purchase some of those items.

One of the things I enjoy purchasing for the children is beef, which is very expensive in China; so they rarely eat it, but they like it very much. On my last trip, I met a very friendly lady in the meat section of the grocery store, and she was willing to let me photograph her. She was wearing an interesting hat, not one of the normal white hair nets most people wear.

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

This nice lady was working very close to a display of pig snouts, but she didn’t try to get me to buy any of them. Don’t worry — I didn’t buy any for the children!

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

So, as you can see, one of the many ways Global Partners in Life helps provide for the children is by a simple trip to the local grocery store!

In other blogs I have written about the Beijing’s Capital Airport — more specifically, terminal 3. Terminal 3 is the new section built for the 2008 Olympic Games, and it is as impressive as the Olympic Games were that were held in Beijing.

Today I want to focus on the massive size of terminal 3. It has 3 main sections, with the terminal itself being the area for ticketing, checking in, exchanging money, restaurants, shops, and an area for claiming your luggage. Then there is one area for domestic flights, and another one for international flights. Would you like to know how they are all connected?

Beijing's Crazy Big Airport - and Terminal 3

Farther than you can see, the train runs between the different areas of the terminal. As you can see in the top section of the photo above, there are also buses that service the areas.

Beijing's Crazy Big Airport - and Terminal 3

There are bridges going over the train, and these are for motorized vehicles as well as pedestrians. By the way, the trains run on electricity, so they don’t produce any exhaust. This is wise, because when they pull into the terminal, nobody wants to inhale exhaust fumes.

Many things are large at terminal 3. Even the murals are huge, as you can see in the photo below!

Beijing's Crazy Big Airport - and Terminal 3

If you ever have the opportunity to use terminal 3 at this airport, I think you will be impressed by it!

Have you ever flown into Beijing?

 

 

During my most recent trip to China, which I returned from only a few days ago, the group I was with had multiple opportunities to visit the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. One morning, we went shopping for the children and we purchased hot cereal, diapers, beef, and school supplies. We also brought in some new toys for the children to play with. Sometimes they can get creative with the items we provide for them. Would you like to see an example?

A Creative Way to Play Peekaboo

So, what would you do with a bucket designed to hold Lego toys? Why, play peekaboo with it of course!

A Creative Way to Play Peekaboo

For those of you who financially support the work Global Partners in Life is doing in China, I can’t begin to tell you the joy I received watching this little boy laughing and playing. Global Partners in Life tries very hard to provide for these children in many ways. Having a fun day playing is just one of them!

To learn more about supporting these special children, visit globalpartnersinlife.org!