It is not often that I get horse meat and and a foot on the same day.. In fact a couple days ago was the first time I have eaten horse meat, and I’ve been coming to Guizhou for nineteen years. Served with a lot of spice, it was tender and quite tasty. The chicken foot, also shown, is a staple of Guizhou cooking. Of course it all is served with a lot of purple and red peppers. The meal with the horse on the table also included duck, chicken, and pork.
For those who favor free range chickens, you would love Guizhou. Chickens that run around free have callouses on their feet which are much tastier, with more meat, than the bony feet of caged chickens.
I have found a very cool web site with a good consolidated weather forecast as well as historic data. It is:
Weather for Monday SAMPLE DATA
Narrative from ChinaTravelGuide.com
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Guiyang nestles in the southwest of China, on the eastern side of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. It has a pleasant moist subtropical climate with plenty of sunlight and ample rainfall. It does not have intense heat in summer or severe cold in winter. Guiyang weather is fresh and humid without any sandstorm. The agreeable climate makes it a cozy city for living.
A yearly average temperature of Guiyang is about 15C (59F). July is the hottest month of the year with an average of 24C (75F) while January is the coldest one, averaging a temperature of 4.6C (40F). This place features four distinctive seasons, with winter to be the longest one.
Its genial year-around weather contributes a lot to its popularity among travelers. However, due to the changeful weather on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, it is recommended to take rain wear along with you whenever you go out. A folding umbrella is indispensable! Due to its topography, the things for anti-solar radiation should be fully prepared. Mornings and evenings can often be rather cool so a windproof coat is necessary.
If you are lucky enough to visit in March or April, you can experience a lot of traditional Miao festivals. From April 30 to May 7 there is the Baiyun National Kites Festival and from June to August is the Hongfeng Lake Tourism Festival, lasting nearly two months. The best seasons for visiting the Huangguoshu Waterfall near Guiyang are summer and autumn when the scenery is the most splendid. The good weather means that travelers can visit at any time of the year. However, the best weather there is in late August.
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!
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.
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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NBA Champion Jeremy Lin didn’t feel appreciated in the NBA and he feels like he has a lot left to give. China is competetive and has poached this top NBA player for the Beijing Ducks. Good for China, Beijing, and the Ducks, and also good for NBA players that don’t feel appreciated.
I HAVE COME !!!
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.
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