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Foreign Guest Scientist in Chengdu 2004-2005

From November 2004 to November 2005 I spent about one year as a foreign guest scientist in China, Southwest Jiaotong University Chengdu. Just for Christmas and in summer I was shortly in Germany. My experiences, views and opinions I was writing down every week in a letter to my family. Now I decided to remove the personal parts of these letters and put the rest as report on my homepage for the public. Due to this origin, the texts are written in German.
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29.10.-04.11.2004

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Arrival in Hong Kong, Avenue of Stars. I participated at a guided “Hongkong HeritageTour”

05.11.-11.11.2004

 

Some days in Hong Kong and my arrival and first impressions of Chengdu

12.11.-18.11.2004

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University and institute equippment, infrastructure like internet. Visit in Huang Long Xi and on the SongXiangQiao antiques and art market

19.11.-25.11.2004

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Visit in the QingYang Gong, a taoist temple, a night tour through Chengdu and laboratory work

26.11.-02.12.2004

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A normal week in Chengdu, some shopping

03.12.-09.12.2004

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Health examination for the long-term visa. A modern theatre and small touristic Sichuan Opera with Changing Faces. A student party

10.12.-16.12.2004

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Leisure tour of teachers to a teahouse, my departure home to Germany, visit in Shanghai

17.01.-28.01.2005

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It is cold in Chengdu. I am searching my flat. In the weekend I visited the River View Park.

29.01.-03.02.2005

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Some description about laboratory work. I was in the dormitory of a student for lunch. The winter-holidays start in China.

04.02.-10.02.2005

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Chinese New Year of the cock. I was eating snack, visited an art gallery and I was in the christian church in Chengdu. It is still cold in Chengdu and I have rheumatic problems. I was in Qintai Lu in Chengdu and in Hibiscus-Town, where I saw a performance for the Chinese New Year.

11.02.-17.02.2005

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It is still winter holday. I am checking my new GPS map of Chengdu and come to the Tazishan-Park, Daci-Temple and Sichuan University.

18.02.-24.02.2005

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Snow in Chengdu. It is really cold, I have problems with my skin. I visitied Dufu’s Thatched Cottage in Chengdu and a traditional performance in Daci temple. Some experience with my teaching.

25.02.-03.03.2005

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I was in the zoo of Chengdu and nearby in Zhaojue Temple, where I attended a funeral. Some process with my appartment.

04.03.-10.03.2005

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Winter holiday is quite over. I get phone connection and high speed internet in my appartment. In the weekend I was in the people’s park, in the area around the railway station and in Wenshu Temple and vegetarian house. Spring is reall coming. Problems with ordering cell cultures from America for the laboratory.

11.03.-17.03.2005

 

Some improvements with my appartment. Visit in the German language group.

18.03.-24.03.2005

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It is really springtime with magnolias and peach flower festival. I moved to my appartment. Many photos of the appartment are there.

25.03.-31.03.2005

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My first Chinese language lesson. German culture week on the new campus and a tour with student communist party members.

01.04.-14.04.2005

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A student party on the new campus, some more details about my appartment, students were here and prepared a supper.

15.04.-21.04.2005

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Ratzinger is elected as new pope Benedict. I visited a Chinese Opera

17.04.2005

 

Visit in the panda breeding station

22.04.-28.04.2005

 

A visit on the new campus and an English language lesson in the University

29.04.-05.05.2009

 

The “Golden Week” of the 1st May. I invited two students for a beef steak. Cell cultures from America finally arrived.

06.05.-08.05.2005

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Qing Cheng mountain, the origin of Tao religion

14.05-22.05.2005

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The Hakka town Luodai, a communist party tour and a visit to the botanic garden of Chengdu

23.05.-05.06.2005

 

For my lecture I have to prepare an exam. Foreign language students gave a theatre evening

09.06.2005

 

Students are preparing for their semester-end exams. Some background inforation about the Dragon Boat Festival next week

06.06.-16.06.2005

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Dragon Boat Festival

17.06.-23.06.2005

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Birthday party of Frau Schwarz, a chinese opera on the campus and preparation of my exam.

24.06.-30.06.2005

 

It is hot in Chengdu. Students had their exam. My experience with censorship of the internet in China.

21.07-26.07.2005

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Last preparations in Dresden before my travel back to China. Xinglong, the home of one student, Safari in the Saihanba Nationla Park ( the big gras land close to Mongolia) and my experience with shipping of a cell culture in China.

27.07.-28.07.2005

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Chengde (Jehol), the summer residence of the emperors and the landscape around.

29.07.-31.07.2005

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The Great Wall at Huangya Guan, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City in Beijing and my travel to Chengdu

01.08.-11.08.2005

 

It is hot in Chengdu. I am planning a trip to Xi’An

12.08.-13.08.2005

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First day in Xi’an: Touristic shopping area, terracotta worriors, Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huan with park and a performance, baths and wells of Huaqing. A Pi Ying Xi theater performance in the town.

14.08.-25.08.2005

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Second day in Xi’An: We visited the old mosque, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda with much wonderful wooden art in the park, the city museum, big Wild Goose Pagoda with nice fountains, the forest of steeles where we learned about the handwriting of physicians, Finally we made a bicycle tour on the city wall.

26.08.-01.09.2005

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A tour to the bamboo lake, 300km south of Chengdu.

02.09.-09.09.2005

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Purchase of a mobilephone in Chengdu. The travel to Shanghai and two days there: A tour along the Bund, visit in East China Normal University, Qibao, Tea Market, a Shaolin Kungfu show. On the following day the Technical Museum then a bit shopping for souvenirs and cloths finally a good Japanese supper.

10.09.-15.09.2005

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Suzhou, Lingering Garden and Hangzhou with Tea Museum and West Lake.

16.09.-24.09.2005

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PIIID international workshop in Chengdu, meeting with an Indian colleague again. Second visit in the Panda Breeeding Station and another Chinese Opera on the campus of the University.

25.09.-06.10.2005

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The Golden Week of the Chinese National Holiday 1. October: A tour to Xiling snow mountain, ountain walk and leisure park, gras-skiing

07.10.-13.10.2005

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A tour and discussion of Communist Party Members and visit at the International Flower Exhibition in Chengdu

15.10.-16.10.2005

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Bus tour to ChongQing and first day on the Yangtse Cruise: The Ghost Town Fengdu, Shibaozhai Pagoda, the QingLong waterfall and Zhang Fei Temple.

17.10.-27.10.2005

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The three gorges of Yangtse river, Daning River nd the mini gorges. Our travel back to Chengdu by train and the international food festival in Chengdu.

28.10.-04.11.2005

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Invitation in the appartment of one colleague, noone liked my noodles. One day in the city with a student from the new campus and a biomedical industry exhibition in Chengdu

05.11.-11.11.2005

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First good bye parties with students. A tour in the countyside between Chengdu and Chongqing.

12.11.-18.11.2005

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Making farewell in Chengdu. Many presents and a long trip home.

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