A 74-Year Old Trishaw Peddler’s Inspiring Story

PC/Sunday, 29 September 2013

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Trishaw Rider's Inspiring Story

Peddling a Hard Living

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The Virtuous Mr. Bai Fang Li Bai Fangli (Chinese: 白方礼; pinyin: Bái Fānglǐ) was a Chinese pedicab driver who donated 350,000 yuan to enable more than 300 poor students continue with their studies. In 2005, he died at the age of 93. In 1987 he retired from his pedicab driving job and returned to his village where he saw many children working in the field because they couldn’t afford education. At that time he was 74 years old and he decided to go back to his job of driving a pedicab in Tianjin. Till 2001 he worked really hard, sometimes 24 hours at a stretch so that he could make the money to pay the installment for the school fee. At the age of 90 he paid his last installment to the school and retired from his job.

Bai, who was returning to his home village to retire, upon seeing the plight of such poor children, returned to Tianjin and went back to work as a trishaw peddler, taking a modest accommodation next to the railway station. He waited for clients 24 hours a day, ate simple food and wore discarded second-hand clothes he found. He gave all of his hard-earned earnings to support children who could not afford education.

In 2001, he drove his trishaw to Tianjin YaoHua Middle School, to deliver his last installment of money. Nearly 90 years old, he told the students that he couldn’t work any more. All of the students and teachers were moved to tears.

In total, Bai had donated a total of 350,000 yuan to help more than 300 poor students continue with their studies. In 2005, Bai passed away at the age of 93, leaving behind an inspiring legacy.

If a trishaw peddler who wore used clothes and had no education can support 300 children to go to school, imagine what you and I can do with the resources we have to bring about positive change in our world!

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China’s Luxurious Floating Aircraft-Carrier Hotel


The Kiev, a 1,000 foot vessel, once the pride of the flagship of the mighty Soviet navy’s Pacific fleet (first began December 1972), serving them well for almost twenty years, as well as being able to hold more than a thousand crewmen, she could be loaded with dozens of missiles – some nuclear-tipped.

But now the Kiev is leading a much more sedate & humble life . . . available for business retreats, intimate getaways or simple relaxation (without actually getting away). That’s because the Chinese have bought the aircraft carrier and transformed her into a floating luxury hotel, the world’s first luxury aircraft carrier hotel, costing $15 Million.

It’s strange to think that a ship that was once a weapon of war is now a place of relaxation and fine dining.

The Kiev will stay permanently docked at theTianjin Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park. Much as a Soviet-era sailor might resent the indignity, Kiev won’t go back out to sea. She’ll entertain guests and clients at anchor, a bizarre museum to a different country’s naval power. Guests will relax with Western-style cuisine in ornate luxury suites, dreaming of Chinese seapower.

Sold to Tianjin International Recreation Port in 2000, the Kiev has been refitted, furbished & transformed into a world-class floating hotel with 148 room – including two presidential suites, three VIP guest rooms and 137 standard rooms. Since it was purchased over a decade ago, the Kiev has also been upgraded with a luxury restaurant – something the original crew would have no doubt killed for.

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Jining: The Hometown of Confucius & Capital of the Grand Canal

Jining, Shandong
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Chinese Name: 济宁市 (jǐ níng shì)

Jining, known as the Hometown of Confucius and Capital of Grand Canal, is an important industrial and cultural center lying in the southwest of Shandong Province. The total population, Han mainly, is 8.31 million with a total size of 11,000 square kilometers.

Jining, which is located right to the north of the Lake Nanyang (Chinese: ; pinyin: Nányáng), is today the northernmost city reachable by navigation on the Grand Canal of China. The city is served by Jining Airport.

 Qufu is the Hometown of Confucius, philosopher & the greatest mind of far-reaching importance in Chinese history. 
The Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Confucian Family Mansion were listed in the World Heritage in 1994. Of these three sacred buildings, the Temple of Confucius, the representative classical architecture complex of Confucianism, is praised as the ‘Number One Temple in China’.

The Temple, along with the Forbidden Cityand Mountain Resort of Chengde, are China’s three largest ancient building complexes.

Qufu is the must-see place of Jining, while the three sites – Temple, Cemetery and Mansion – are the must-see destinations when traveling to Qufu.

Other Famous Scenic Spots include Mencius Family Mansion and Mencius Temple: A time-honored and well-preserved ancient building complex for sacrificing Mencius and residence of his offspring that was first built during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)

Yishan Mountain: A mountain resort 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Zoucheng County with spectacular natural scenery and historical relics, especially featuring a granite pebbly landscape.

Baoxiang Temple: A well-preserved Buddhist temple more than a thousand years old, where a great many holy Buddha relics were excavated in 1994; the annual Buddha Light Festival (Fo Guang Jie) is held in the temple.

Star Seafood Floating Restaurant – Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

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Lion Entrance

The eternal question among the Chinese is:

Do we Eat to Live

or Live to Eat?

Dragon Chairs & Folding Screen

Hong Kong offers a variety of cuisine from street stalls to imperial courts. Good food galore, for the Cantonese are undoubtedly the best cooks in the world. However, but it’s knowing where & what to eat, as like the locals, that will make the difference to your wallet & palate.

Beautiful Surrounding - Shatin Park

As a regular visitor to Hong Kong, I have come to be familiar with the Cantonese folks in their fondness of eating out. There is no shortage of choice restaurants.

Promenade along Shing Mun River

Star Seafood Restaurant (Chinese: “Ming Sing” 明星海鮮舫), formerly called Treasure Floating Restaurant (Chinese: 敦煌畫舫), is a restaurant in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. This is the only marble or granite boat-shaped restaurant berthing along the eastern shore of Shing Mun River, near the junction of Siu Lek Yuen Road and Tai Chung Kiu Road. It serves a variety of Cantonese dishes including Cantonese dim sum & seafood.

Shing Mun River & Cycle Track

Please confuse not yourself with another much more famous Jumbo Seafood Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen in Hong Kong.

Restaurant Side View

The 8-hectare Sha Tin Park is located by the Shing Mun River. The South Garden is a traditional Chinese garden with pavilions, bridge and waterfalls.

Sai Kung nearby is famous for its abundance of seafood restaurants. (Below)

Sai Kung Seafood Restaurants - Many Around Nearby

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