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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Xiaolangdi Dam 小浪底 opens the floodgates

 The purpose of opening the floodgates to send millions of tons of silt downstream of the Yellow River. Bystanders are dwarfed as they stand watching a tremendous rush of water gushing through gaps in a dam in China, part of a carefully-choreographed operation to remove silt from the Yellow River in Luoyang, in the Henan province. This annual operation sees more than 30 million tonnes of silt sent downstream a year, with more than 390 million tonnes shifted this way over the last 13 years.
 The Xiaolangdi Dam (小浪底) is a dam in Jiyuan, Henan Province, China, and impounds the Yellow River. The facility is located about 20 km to the northwest of Luoyang. It has a total installed capacity of 1,836 MW and generates up to 5.1 TWh annually with the help of six 306 MW turbines. The dam stands 154 m tall and 1,317 m wide, and cost US$3.5 billion to build. Constructed in 1994, Xiaolangdi Dam regulates water and silt flow annually. The Dam is a multi-function project designed for flood control, ice control, dredging, industrial and municipal water supply, and hydroelectric power generation.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Chinese Newlyweds Get Marriage Licenses on Valentine's Day + Lantern Festival

Newlyweds pose for marriage photos at a marriage registry on the Valentine's Day as well as the Chinese traditional Lantern Festival in Boxing County of Binzhou City, east China's Shandong Province, Feb. 14, 2014. Many newlyweds chose to get marriage licenses on the Valentine's Day this year, as it coincides with the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

The Lantern Festival (上元节 元宵节) is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the lunar calendar marking the last day of the lunar New Year celebration.

In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones. In modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in the shape of animals. The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune.

In Hong Kong, it is commercialized as the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day.

Many Happy faces. Bless them !

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Yutu rover beams back pictures from the surface of the Moon

Yutu (玉兔 - "Jade Rabbit") is an unmanned lunar rover in China's Chang'e 3 mission to the Moon.
 It was launched on 1 December 2013, and reached the Moon's surface on 14 December 2013. The mission marks the first soft landing on the Moon since 1976 and the first rover to operate there since the Soviet Lunokhod 2 ceased operations on 11 May 1973. Though Yutu is 40 years behind American and Soviet rovers. It still represents a significant achievment for Chinese space effort. The scientific objectives of Chang'e-3 mainly include lunar surface topography and geology survey, lunar surface material composition and resource survey, Sun-Earth-Moon space environment detection and lunar-based astronomical observation.
Chang'e 3 will attempt to perform the first direct measurement of the structure and depth of the lunar soil down to a depth of 30 m (98 ft), and investigate the lunar crust structure down to several hundred meters deep. The Yutu rover has a mass of 140 kg, with a payload capacity of 20 kg. Yutu is equipped with a robotic arm to position its APXS near a target sample. In addition, the rover can transmit video in real time, and has automatic sensors to prevent it from colliding with other objects. Yutu was designed to explore an area of 3 square kilometres during its 3-month mission, with a maximum travelling distance of 10 km. The Yutu rover carries a ground-penetrating radar and spectrometers to inspect the composition of the soil and the structure of the lunar crust beneath it. The lander entered sleep mode on 25 December, followed by the rover on 26 December.
On 11 January 2014, after the two-week lunar night was over, both the rover and lander were taken out of sleep mode. On 16 January, the rover completed its first examination of the lunar soil.
Future missions may bring moon soil back to earth. Some of pictures from the surface of the Moon:
View of Earth from the Moon – by Chang’e-3 on Christmas Day 2013 Earth indeed is a blue marble.
From extreme ultraviolet camera on Dec. 16, 2013 shows the observation of the Earth’s plasmasphere
Photo of Yutu moon rover taken by camera on the Chang’e-3 moon lander on Dec. 15, 2013 Chinese flag is brightly red.
Yutu portrait taken by the Chang’e-3 lander on Dec. 22, 2013
Photo of Chang’e-3 moon lander emblazoned with Chinese national flag taken by the panoramic camera on the Yutu moon rover on Dec. 22, 2013
A digitally-combined polar panorama shows a 360 degree color view of the moonscape around the Chang’e-3 lander after the Yutu moon rover drove onto the lunar surface leaving visible tracks behind

Thursday, August 16, 2012

China's gold medalists at the 2012 London Olympics

China performed well at the 2012 London Olympics.
A total of 396 Chinese athletes, 171 male and 225 female, were selected by the Chinese Olympic Committee to compete in 23 sports.
China won the second-largest number of gold medals at the 2012 Olympics, with 38. China's total medal count of 88 was second only to that of the United States.
Congratulations to these Olympics Champions!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

China's Aizhai Bridge - world's highest and longest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge 矮寨大桥

The Aizhai Bridge (矮寨大桥) is a suspension bridge on the G65 Baotou–Maoming Expressway near Jishou, Hunan, China.

With a main span of 1,146 meters and a deck height of 350 meters, it is the sixth-highest bridge in the world and the world's twelfth-longest suspension bridge. Of the world's 400 or so highest bridges, none has a main span as long as Aizhai. It is also the world's highest and longest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge.

Construction on the Aizhai Bridge began in October 2007 and was completed by the end of 2011, ahead of schedule.The bridge was temporarily opened to pedestrians during the 2012 Spring Festival and was formally opened to traffic in March 2012.

The bridge was built with the assistance of a $208 million loan from the Asian Development Bank; the loan also funded 64 kilometers of expressway construction and upgrades to 129 kilometers of local roads. The bridge and the associated road construction reduced the travel time between Jishou and Chadong from 4 hours to less than 1 hour.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chinese people celebrate the colorful Lantern Festival 元宵节

Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Festival 元宵节 or Shangyuan Festival 上元节) is a traditional festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the Chinese calendar, the last day of the lunisolar Chinese New Year celebration.

The first month of the Chinese calendar is called yuan month, and in ancient times people called night xiao; therefore, the day is called Yuan Xiao Festival in mainland China and Taiwan. The fifteenth day is the first night to see a full moon in that lunar year. According to Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people will try to solve puzzles on lanterns, eat yuanxiao (a glutinous rice ball) and enjoy a family reunion.

Illuminations are seen during the 18th Zigong International Dinosaur Lantern Festival in Zigong, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Jan. 23, 2012. Debuting in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), the Zigong Lantern Festival has been held for more than 1,000 years. Zigong Lantern Festival is one of the most famous lantern showcases in China, embodying the lantern culture. Lanterns made in Zigong have long enjoyed a good reputation.The numerous colorful lanterns turn night into day.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chunyun 春运 the largest annual human migration in the world

Chunyun, 春运, also referred to as the Spring Festival travel season or the Chunyun period, is a period of travel in China with extremely high traffic load around the time of the Chinese New Year. The period usually begins 15 days before the Lunar New Year's Day and lasts for around 40 days. The number of passenger journeys during the Chunyun period has exceeded the population of China, hitting over 2 billion in 2008. Rail transport experiences the biggest challenge during the period, and myriad social problems have emerged. In recent years, the situation has gotten better with the newly constructed high speed raillines. As the income of average Chinese citizens increases, more people are expected to go home by air plane. If the Chinese economy is more balanced, fewer people would have to seek opportunities away from home. This should further alleviate the transportation bottleneck.

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