Skydive Panda

The Skydive Panda venture is new to China and is located in Anshun, the “Waterfall  Town”. Skydive Panda is a new team of professional sky divers opening  at the Anshun Airport. Anshun is known for the largest waterfall in China (the Waterfall town) which is part of the Pearl River Water System. Anshun has the distinctive “Karst” mountain formations (About Karst) and is a famous tourist destination.

Now, the professional skydivers of Skydive Panda are hosted by the Anshun private aviation airport, the first private aviation airport to support a sky diving venture in China. Due to the mountainous and scenic character of Anshun Prefecture, the best landing area is the Anshun Airport itself!

You can jump by yourself (tandem with instructor) for about 3000 RMB or with a camera held by the coach for another 800 RMB. If you want a third person to jump with you and do a video by a cameraman, in addition to a handheld camera,  the total cost for two cameras is 5400 RMB.

The coaches shown are Shalome, from Israel and Slava , from Russia.

People interested in jumping can call Robin at 15597701004 or Leon at 13809429830 for information about the cost and how to go there.

 

Skydive Panda is a production of:

Guizhou Aviation Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd

Street Food

One of the many things I like about Guiyang is the street food.  I took a half hour bus ride to get home last night (about 30 cents) and had the munchies.  So in front of my house is a little BBQ where I bought three beef and green pepper kabobs and a baby squid on a stick.  All were roasted over charcoal in front of me and spiced to perfection (another $2.50). So for $3.00 I had a ride and a respectable midnight snack.

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Golfing in the USA

One aspect of living in Guizhou is returning to the USA periodically for a “fix” of American culture.  I have returned to the USA for three months to get cataract surgery, physical thearapy for my back and to golf.  I am happy to report that the first eye is done and in “perfect” condition; the back is healthy again; and I am playing golf at a fraction of the cost of a China round of golf.  Eighteen holes in the USA is between 25 and 40 dollars. China, Guiyang,  costs about 200 USD.

Below are a few photos of the course I played at in Northern Michigan, just outside of my home town, Traverse City. My old friend Gerry, who came to  visit me in China a few years ago played golf with me in Guiyang. He brought his Grandson Nick, and a foreign friend from the Neatherlands (Koss). The four of us played 18. A fine time was had by all.

 

Big Data Expo 2019 Comes to Guiyang

The Big Data Conference was another success and an eye opener. There were flashy displays, like the Pixmoving Autonimous Vehicle presentation and utilitarian displays such as bridge inspection and coordinated facial recognition software for China’s Skynet camera set.

The Big Data sign was very interesting.  It looke like it was made out of toy blocks and you really didn’t see the whole message unless you were standing right in front of it.  Seen from any other angle, you only got part of the picture.

More on the Big Data Conference can be found at: China Daily– Big Data

Also: E_Guiyang

 

Leaving the Big Data Conference was exhilarating:

Incredible Toe Job

It looks uglier than it turned out to be.

I waited too long again with this ingrown toenail. I have a lady that gives foot massages and she is also a significantly skilled doctor.  She did the “surgery”, taking out half of my toenail, leaving only the hole in the side of my toe.  I don’t know what it would have cost in the USA. There was no anesthetic. She was so skilled with her sharp knife that the pain was quite bearable.

The sixty RMB bill iwas less than nine USD. The treatment included the other nine toes, sulfa, a bandaid, and a final dressing. It is good as new, with only a hole. Some things are still a bargain in China. (Photos taken with my Huawei 10+ cell phone and it’s Leika camera).

Sofia’s Russia Tour

If you have always dreamed about Russia, or even if you haven’t, consider Sofia’s Ultimate Tour. A native of St. Petersburg, she has many friends that can help.

St. Petersburg is considered one of the richest cultural destinations in Russia and has very beautiful countryside.

You can feel comfortable in a foreign country, with living conditions carefully adjusted to Chinese taste, right down to the hot and cold water machine. There are excellent ethnic Chinese restaurants and a variety of other countries’ foods represented.

Contact Sofia at her Wechat: