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.
Birthday Party Announcement November 11, 2016, Deng Chuanqi is 80 years old. The party took place at Guizhou Hotel on Beijing Road.
De Deng is not just an artist. He is a monk. He studies Budha, philosophy of all religions, aesthetics, Chinese Caligraphy, modern art, traditional Chinese painting, and “action art”. Before he became a monk he spent a year and a half helping clean the polluted environment in the Dian Lake, of Yunnan Province. He has tried to educate people about taking care of the earth. I was happy to visit his art exhibition at the 219 Gallery. His current art is abstract style and was displayed on October 18 to 22 at the 219 Gallery on Baoshan Beilu, in the He House Hotel (Heshe Jiudian).
There are too many paintings to show here, but photos of the event are below:
Deng Chuan Qi shown below attended the exhibition of his former student. When Deng was younger, he was a Guiyang art teacher. He inspired a lot of students to become artists, including De Deng. Many of the Guiyang artists of today were students of Deng in middle school. They met their old teacher at the exhibition. Also shown is Diana, our interpreter, one of students on the island who studies calligraphy, and a cat, who really seemed to appreciate the event.
After the event I was invited to the artist’s home and studio. He has two students living in his compound, which is on an island. Ironically, the island has no water around it right now because recent construction has resulted in the river being drained. De Deng is an environmentalist and his island retreat is no longer an island.
I have friends that are very into soccer. They play and even talk about coaching kids. The article below came as kind of a lightening bolt. How many out there think this is a good idea for Guizhou People? Perhaps there is funding to help coach the kids coming up. Please let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bloomberg•October 16, 2016 [https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2016-10-17/a-fifa-boost-for-china-s-soccer-goal]
China’s Soccer Goal
Gianni Infantino, FIFA’s new president, has ambitious plans. They are, however, easy to execute and may help further the goals of some of the soccer body’s major sponsors.
Planned total of teams in World Cup: 48
For a start, Infantino is pledging to invest $4 billion to increase the number of football participants to 60 percent of the world’s population, from the current 45 percent. Guess what: He doesn’t have to spend the money. More Chinese kicking a ball around could get him to his target in one move.
Coincidentally, that would fit well with the strategy of Wang Jianlin, China’s second-richest man, whose Dalian Wanda Group in March became the first major sponsor of FIFA since a criminal corruption scandal overwhelmed
the organization and led to the ouster of longtime president Joseph “Sepp” Blatter. Jack Ma, the nation’s richest man, followed suit in courting the federation.
When he announced his cash injection into the soccer authority, Wang said that having multiple sponsors “will help China bid to host the World Cup.”
That remains to be seen, but another of the aims Infantino laid out on Friday may at least help the world’s most populous nation return to the World Cup, in which it participated just once, without winning any games. The new president plans to increase the number of teams in the event to 48 from the current 32.
Ranked 78 by FIFA, China still has to work on its national team to reach the World Cup, even with the greater number of participants. But from a statistical perspective, a 50 percent increase in the number of available seats increases the odds that the nation makes it.
That’s just what Xi Jinping needed. The avowed soccer fan has declared football a national priority and harbors an ambition to see the country host and win the World Cup. Naturally, it makes sense for people in the private sector to help him get there.
The China team’s recent losses to Syria (really) and Uzbekistan indicate that the only way is up. As FIFA continues to grapple with the fallout from the corruption scandal, it needs supporters with deep pockets such as those in China. This is the start of a long friendship.
The Southwest Guizhou Xingyi Wanfenglin International Walking Hikng Event has begun recruiting of participants and guests. Local foreigners in Guiyang are in high demand and are invited to participate in the event as guests.
Xingyi is beautiful in the autumn, and this is the third annual hiking expedition. The
Xingyi Wanfeng Lin is a famous made famous by geographer and traveler Xu Xiake during the Ming Dynasty. His poem referenced “Scenic areas within the mountains, pastoral landscapes, rivers, villages, caves, all intertwined, and beautiful.
The event is scheduled for November 4th to 6th and is expected to have five to six hundred participants. The cost is 800 yuan per person and foreign guests are free to participate at no charge. The registration office is located in Qian Shan Hotel, Xingyi City, Guizhou Province. Tel: 0859-3116669 . Foreigners should call Robin at 15597701004.
A new movie house has opened that caters to private groups. It has a large variety of movies available, including new releases. There are five private rooms with screens, couches, and even mattresses. An ideal place for a private party of two to twelve. It is in the Huaguoyuan Center, right above the public cinema on the 32nd floor.
If you want to book a room for a private party, it costs 68 rmb for a two hour movie. If you want six hours, it would be 204 rmb, and so on. You can call Mr. Wang at 13511973753 to get more information or to book a room. The photos below show more about the place:
Three Goblins Theatre Building
Ground level entrance with Robin (owner) and wife.