“(CNN)Home to sheer limestone peaks, dramatic gorges and cascading waterfalls, Guizhou is a mountainous and largely undiscovered province in southwestern China.
Until recently one of China’s least accessible regions, it hasn’t yet seen the mass tourism that’s crowded Yunnan to the southwest — a popular destination for domestic travelers . . .”
Guizhou is isolated by mountains and was a preferred retreat of Mao during the Long March, and the defence industry during WWII. Difficulty of transportation protected Guizhou from enemies, and development. Aggressive transportation construction including trains, highways, and airports has connected Guizhou to the outside world. Those of us visiting Guizhou over the last fifteen years have seen massive changes in development, but the rural minority villages and landscapes are still a large part of this culture.
The Arduino project puts low cost advanced technology in the hands of children and their curious adult friends. These are literally PLCs, Programable Logic Controllers that are used to make lego toys work or model trains. The same principles are applied in advanced technology systems.
Guizhou recently hosted the “Big Data Valley” concept at a Big Data Conference. Guizhou is pushing technology and this project is intended to help begin the education process.
The Arduino Unboxing video is an inspection of all the parts in a good Arduino Kit, together with projects. We simply open the box and talk about the parts that we received. Some simple technology language is used, along with text to help the student look up the various terms in use:
My students Wang Min and Bai Zhong Jun attended the conference and helped me talk to the exhibitors. Wang Min loved to play with the Virtual Reality Three Dimensional Glasses. When you view the world through these glasses, it takes you to a differenct world and a different reality. When you turn your body around, you are looking at a different world behind you, but in fact you are standing in the middle of a conference.
From May 25 to May 29, a Guiyang hosted the China Big Data Industry Summit and China ECommerce Innovation and Develpment Summit. I attended the confernce with two of my students. Wang Min is a student studying Hospitality Manageent at Guizhou Normal University and Bai Zhong Jun is a student of Software Engineering at Guizhou University.
Sign advertising the event
These signs are everywhere in Guiyang.
The Big Data Conference in Guiyang brought companies from all over China and from around the world. Companies that were represented include:
The Big Data Conference had good attendence by State Owned Businesses which can provide services and financing to companies with interesting projects, projects that can employ Guiyang’s technical labor force. A small stream can grow to a river and an ocean. Guizhou Province of China aspires to become the “Big Data Valley” of China. The private and public comapnies represented here suggest that this is very feasible.
A current Associated Press report is copyrighted, but is reporting that the government is interested in having more foreigners move to, reside in, and work in China. It is considered a way of improving the economy. This is extraordinary news.
My British friend and I have both tried to stay in China, with significant resistance from the authorities. I am only able to remain in China as a tourist, with a ten year tourist visa. It requires me to leave the country every 60 days to avoid violation.
My British friend is only able to get a 30 day visa to accomplish the same goal. It kind of takes any financial incentive out of trying to stay here. So if the government is planning a change, it will have to happen pretty soon to save two of us.
I’ve been supporting Guizhou Province people in my own way for nearly 25 years. I welcomed the students from Guizhou when they attended Oakland University (Michigan) in the 90s. I trained teachers in Guizhou in 2000 under Oakland U’s Summer Institute, and have taught English to Guizhou People for nine of the last fifteen years. After teaching at Guizhou Normal University for four years, my contract ended without renewal last August. I never received a warning of my demise or coherent explanation.
Now at age 65 I can’t get that “Expert Certificate” that I had received nine prior years as an English Teacher. I don’t regret my service to the Guizhou People. It’s still the poorest province in China, except for Tibet. I am, however, looking forward to seeing this new enlightened policy in action.
The new Poly Golf course has a competitive rate structure and has completed nine holes. It is expected that the remaining nine holes will be completed by the end of the year. The following pictures show some of the holes on the course and the real estate development surrounding the golf course. The golf course is about forty minutes from the center of Guiyang by bus and faster by taxi.
The Guizhou Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association of Retired Overseas Chinese Youth is a newly created Chapter of a National organization intended to leverage the talent of returning young people. These Chinese young people have all lived and/or worked overseas and have returned to build their careers in China.
The Guizhou organization hosted guests from many cities who came to lend their support to the new chapter. Places like Shenzen, Guangdong, and Macau were all represented. It is hoped that the new Guizhou Chapter will leverage innovation and entrepreneurship in Guizhou. Groups visited surrounding Guizhou destinations to learn about the new happenings around Guizhou.