Shirley’s Private Gallery of Guiyang

shelly1I first came to Shirley’s gallery on November 26 and met the beautiful proprietor, Shirley (Xiao Li). She had an exhibition of the local artist named Yin Shi Long. His art and sculptures were very impressive, and I found myself having dinner with a variety of artists in her restaurant. Shirley’s story is as interesting as Artist Ying’s art.

Shirley has opened a second floor gallery in one of the most entanceexclusive locations in Guiyang, downtown on Jian Dao Jie, beside the river. Shirley is able to support the artists of Guizhou because of her successful clothing business and restaurant. The restaurant is on the first floor and the gallery is directly above.
pillowShe is so successful that she has her own pillows with her face on it. She also has T-Shirts, batteries, silk scarves, postcards and my favorite mouse pad.mousepad

Shirley takes her inspiration from her art teacher, Chen HongQi. He has been an established artist in Guiyang many years, and some of his art is shown below, taken from his recently published book.

The gallery is supporting the artist community of Guizhou, having featured the art of seventeen local artists. These artists are not charged any money for this premier location. Shirley is an art collector and often accepts gifts of art from the artists that she helps.

Shirley urges everyone to buy the art to help maintain the artist community. We discussed the art scene extensively over coffee in her gallery on Tuesday (Dec 6, 2016). Interested patrons of Guizhou Art can write for more information.

Shirley Gallery

72 Jian Dao Jie
Guiyang, Guizhou




Natural Beauty of Caohai, Photos by Yu Jiahua

caohai_blackneckedcranes4Yu Jiahua has traveled around the world taking photos. Some of the most beautiful photos are of the natural wetlands of Caohai. This is a lake that is the home of the black necked crane, which migrates to Guizhou in the winter, and then returns to Russia to spend it’s spring and summers.

Minority Villages of Guizhou, Photos by Yu Jiahua

Surrounding Guiyang, of Guizhou Province are minority peoples, whose culture has been preserved by the predominantly Han population of China. Here are some photos showing the “ancient” lifestyle of the local peoples.


Guiyang City Photos, by Yu Jiahua

The City of Guiyang in Guizhou Province is as modern as they come in China, with it’s share of modern structures.  Here are some examples by Mr. Yu.

Guizhou Photos of Yu Jia Hua

yujiahuaYu Jiahua was born in Shanghai in 1952. When he was 14 years old, China began the great revolution of culture (Cultural Revolution). All of the schools in China stopped having class. Mr. Yu picked up a camera and loved it. The revolution and freedom from school allowed him to travel. He began taking pictures with a rented camera.
He first came to Guizhou at age 17 (1969) because in that time President Mao ordered him to leave Shanghai, as many city people had to go to the countryside. This was intended to educate the young people about the world and rural China. He began learning English in 1976 as it had become fashionable. He was not a student at that time and he had to learn by himself from records, radio, TV, and other English materials.
He began taking Guizhou photos in 1969 and has been taking pictures of Guizhou for over forty years. Around 2000 his photography was very famous in Guizhou and was published in the Guizhou Daily News and several other Guizhou publications.

Bekaduo Coffee Shop

This coffee shop is more than just a coffee shop. This coffee company sells coffee machines, coffee beans, and has a good ambiance for just sitting and talking.

This location is near Pantaogong, NE from the intersection of Dusi Lu and Baoshan Beilu. Walk down the hill to the east from the intersection to the bottom and turn left (N)..

The sign is at the entrance to the shop, telling it's history.

The sign is at the entrance to the shop, telling it’s history.



Bekaduo Coffee Shop is dedicated to promoting the coffee culture in all it’s forms. In addition to selling coffee, they have cheesecake, wild fruit syrups, as well as pizza.


This is a service area where people can watch the process.

This is a service area where people can watch the process.


The facility is designed as a coffee training area. Mr. Yin trains coffee shop owners in how to get in business and do a good job. Bekaduo delivers coffee to locations all over Guizhou Province as well as other cities outside of Guizhou.

Deng’s 80th Birthday


On the 11th of November the Master Artist, teacher of many Guizhou artists, had his 80th birthday. His students gathered to honor him and thank him.  A special commemorative book of his art production was created by his students for the the Master and the other  participants. Deng Chuanqi was born in Guizhou and mastered the Chinese seal block art, as well as the ancient calligraphy. He was a middle school teacher and inspired many Guizhou artists to excel in all kinds of art. Many of the famous Guizhou artists owe their teacher a debt that cannot be repaid. He did more

than inspire students. After retirement he continued to inspire the Guizhou art community in many ways.

Pictured right:

Birthday Party Announcement November 11, 2016, Deng Chuanqi is 80 years old. The party took place at Guizhou Hotel on Beijing Road.

A fine time was had by all.

Guizhou Photagraphy of Yu Jia Hua

Yu Jia Hua is a nature photographer who has taken beautiful pictures of Guizhou Province. This web site will feature more of his work. Shown here are photos ofthe  Cao Hai Wetlands, the winter home to the Black Necked Crane. This beautiful bird migrates from Russia to Guizhou for winter. (Click on the thumbnail for a big picture)

Yu Jia Hua is a photographer who has taken beautiful pictures of Guizhou Province. This web site will feature more of his work. Shown here are photos of Cao Hai Wetlands, which is the home to the Black Necked Crane, which migrates from Russia to Guizhou for winter, and Hong Feng Lake, a man-made reservoir that provides water to Guiyang  (Click on the thumbnail for a big picture)

Fly Delta — Back to Guiyang

I just returned to Guiyang after a two week visit to the USA. The trip was about 30 hours: Traverse City to Detroit 1 hr, Detroit to Shanghai 13 hours, and Shanghai to Guiyang 3 hours. Together with the layovers and delays, it added up to about 30 hours. I make it a point not to sleep too much before the flight, and the last six or eight hours of this trip went fast because I was asleep.

I watch the air ticket rates, and the rates have come down. This round trip ticket was $750, complete. I was in an overbooked situation last trip and got a $500 credit for the next flight. The entire trip cost a net of $250 after applying the credit. The flight was comfortable and the movies were quite good. The twenty minute taxi ride to my apartment cost about $7 (50 RMB).

I cast my ballot and talked to a lot of people. We talked about the politics in the USA, election process, and so on. It was a privilege to participate. More about that later . . .