A Message from the Publisher

March 2, 2019
To:          Whom it may concern
From:    John S. Porter, Publisher of WWW.TOURGUIZHOU.COM

Re:         Support for www.tourguizhou.com and the video: “Robo Cars of China”

The Tour Guizhou system of web blogs and chats is intended to create space online information about Guizhou people (including foreigners) our shared culture, food, education, natural beauty, technology, doing business, wine, minorities, and many other things. I have been coming to Guizhou, helping teach English and sharing the culture of Guizhou. I like informing western, English speaking, peoples about Guizhou. I have been coming to Guizhou for nineteen years (first visiting Guizhou to teach in the year 2000) and  I have actively promoted Guizhou online through the www.tourguizhou.com web site for the last seven years. There is also a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tourguizhou/

My background in the USA has included data processing, community leadership, and, as a community leader, I helped create a transportation authority which provides bus transportation to the Grand Traverse Bay (GTBay) region. GTBay is in Northern Michigan of the USA. For a period of time, I was Chairman of the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA).  That is why I am so excited about the Big Data and transportation innovation in Guizhou.  I recognize its potential in bring us all closer together by advancing the quality of our lives, not just in Guizhou, but also the world.

The video “Robo Cars of China” is an attempt to merge many of my ideas about China and the West into a coherent concept of cooperation, friendly competition, and inspiring young people to engage the new technologies. I want the young people to prepare themselves in an enthusiastic and collaborative way. A key element to this cooperation is “Technology English”. As engineers work together, they soon discover that their English teachers didn’t prepare them for collaborations on technical issues using English. English teachers are typically not engineers. For almost a year I have worked on this video about Guiyang and its robotic car basic research.

The video is staged in Guiyang, promoting Guiyang to the tech community, but also it teaches “Technology” English.  It blends technology English with an interesting cooperation and competition, all taking place in Guiyang. It is an English teaching document, a technical document, and an effort to inspire the young. It is also a promotion of Guiyang, China, and  the cooperation that is growing between and among different countries.

The Tourguizhou web site stresses the lifestyle in Guiyang which is geared to young professionals who want to live in an interesting and progressive culture. Guiyang combines tourist attractions with a progressive technology culture. I have enjoyed telling this story on the web, and the video is my most ambitious effort yet. Unfortunately, I have been forced into retirement by operation of law. At age 68 I am faced with returning to my home country to find work in order to sustain myself. My work in promoting technology and Guizhou will draw to a close unless I find support from the Chinese government and the Chinese businesses that value collaboration with the West. I think Westerners should also have an interest in promoting this kind of cooperation as well. Any thoughts on grant ideas or other support are requested and appreciated.

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Robo Cars of China

This video ties together many years of my activity here in China. I have multiple objectives in the creation of this video:

  1. Inspire young people to get involved in technology.
  2. Teach “Technology English” in a relevant format.
  3. Allow English learners to listen and “catch” informal English conversation.
  4. Introduce Guiyang/Guizhou as a legitimate technology center in China. It is also known as China’s “Big Data Valley”
  5. Introduce the “Pixmoving” company as a small research company with big ideas for Autonomous Vehicles (AV).
  6. Demonstrate how innovative competition can take place between people of countries from all over the world, making the world a better place through technology. Vigorous competition and friendships between countries is good.Please contact me at USAInfo@yahoo.com with your comments.

The Future of Mobility, Guiyang’s Self-Driving Startup — PIX

 China International Big Data Expo

The Pixmoving Company of Guiyang,

China’s Big Data Valley, will feature

“The Future of Mobility”

Pixmoving’s Self-driving Team Booth

The Future of Mobility

Photo credit: The Everett Collection

Autonomous driving has been envisioned since the 1950s. Now is the era of dynamic change. We are daily witnessing crazy and stunning technology achievement. In China, this future mobility is being facilitated on test tracks in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing starting in 2018. Self-driving cars test hit the headlines on media, like a the new arrival of a stranger to our life and city. It brings doubt and even fear among public, but also feeds public curiosity. Serving the citizens with self-driving technology is one of Pixmoving’s  business purposes. Hence, in this 2018 China Big Data expo, Pixmoving is displaying it’s self-driving experience to the public and is engaging global self-driving engineers in a “global meetup” – a fun race.

the Future of Mobility

DiYRobocars and Pixmoving Team Up

May 20th to 26th 2018, a global self-driving race is taking place in Guizhou Province where you can witness about 30 top engineers from around the world participating in a challenge of intelligence tasks. The racing cars are controlled by open source control systems provided by Pixmoving. Participants must complete tasks with their own algorithms to earn the final prize.people who are new to self-driving ideas are welcome to have experience with Pixmoving at the BigData Expo venue from May 26th to 29th. There will be a full-sized self-driving car waiting for you to get on board.

The Future of Moility

The self-driving car exhibit on Big Data Expo for self-driving experience

Extend your vision and learn about how self-driving capabilities can help us live our lives smarter. In this Expo, a special self-driving coffee car (Pixmoving coffee car) will be serving drip coffee to the visitors. Want a cup of drip coffee? All you need to do to order your cup of coffee is swipe your phone with the order code. Then the Pixmoving coffee car will come forward and make a masterpiece cup coffee for you. 

The Future of Mobility

Pixmoving self-driving coffee car

Guizhou Province is located in Southwestern China, and is unknown to many people. It is, however becoming well known as “China Big Data Valley” where global high tech companies gather for connection, exposure, and data storage collaboration, etc.

The Future of Mobility

The Pixmoving Team . . . photo credit: Southern Airline journalist Xiao Le

Behind the events the Pixmoving team is like a “Magical Unicorn”

Pixmoving team is in a factory with 5000 m². The working space and engineer working areas are clearly based in this factory with full transparent glass rooms. Unlike many technology companies, Pixmoving team is dedicated in self-driving with their open, passion, and professional attitude. The factory is designed in a style of warm and full inspiration. A BBC series director once came and said that whoever could work here must be enjoyable. The environment here is with this purpose to transform the pressure or dull of work into flexibility, inspiration, and innovation. The communication is essential. If you ask any girl who is working on their paperwork here, they can explain anything about car, robot, 3D printer they know about in their factory.

The Future of Mobility

Pixmoving multifunctional service self-driving cars

Pixmoving is different from those who are dedicated to a product for private mobility only. Their plan is initiated from the chassis. The many services to life can be build upon it combining both software and hardware. The flexibility on self-driving can apply to: a driverless shuttle, driverless hotel, driverless cinema, driverless vendors etc. The shared service concept serves the public in many ways, like industrial areas, parks, nature areas, residential areas and anywhere the Smart City. The first Chinese self-driving car test license will be issued to Pixmoving, which is it’s most recent milestone.

The Company values are: `cooperation, share, open, and innovation`. These are easily felt from each corner of it’s factory rather than slogans hanging on the wall. A Hackathon event was held in March of 2018 and gathered over 50 engineers from 11 countries at the factory. The open-desk workshop proved that open innovation and collaboration create massive and inimmaginable results. Pixmoving believes that this BigData Expo will also drive more like-minded people to be involved in this field. The openness is a key factor in future technology improvement. Futurama exposure of any big companies is cool, but open-involvement in this radical change process really matters.

2018 China Big Data Expo – Establishing the base for a self-driving industrial ecosystem in Guiyang.

Self-driving is a cutting-edge high-tech new industry that is closely linked with big data, smart manufacturing and the real economy. Under the principle of “Data Creation, Innovation Drives the Future” and the annual theme “Digitalization of Everything, Integration of Intelligence” this year’s General Assembly of the Expo is in total harmony with the robotic transportation industry. The City of Guiyang by creating a fair and shared innovative center in the heart of the city, gathers global attention to Guiyang.  At the same time, it will also promote the self-driving ecosystem landing in Guizhou.

Pixmoving will further connect the world with institutions in Guiyang. The “unmanned vehicle technology” expertise should be drawn to Guiyang. With more open rules, the unmanned industry is promoted in Guiyang as an unmanned innovation city. Guiyang will lead the global realization of unmanned automated products. The race event has attracted high powered to the Pixmoving team from all over the world. The American laser radar company Velodyne supported this event’s Lidar. Taiwan’s Neousys Company supported the event’s industrial computing platform. The American engineers at Udacity, an online education organization, cooperates with event organizers to jointly recruit global contestants and offers some bonuses and course awards. China’s Beidouxingtong Company supported the GPS positioning of the event.

The Future of Mobility

Self-driving racing challenge partners

 Besides, the US DIY Robocars, Baidu Apollo, and Japan’s Autoware also joined as developer communities. A leading technology media, the Intelligence is an exclusive communication partner. In the future, they will have more connection with the Pix driverless team and Guizhou Province.

 

Natural Beauty of Caohai, Photos by Yu Jiahua

caohai_blackneckedcranes4Yu Jiahua has traveled around the world taking photos. Some of the most beautiful photos are of the natural wetlands of Caohai. This is a lake that is the home of the black necked crane, which migrates to Guizhou in the winter, and then returns to Russia to spend it’s spring and summers.

The Peace Corps and Tourguizhou.com

The purpose of the Peace Corps is:

The Peace Corps Mission

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained Volunteers.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

This blog,  www.tourguizhou.com was started four years ago in an effort to promote the above concept and understanding among all cultures. The focus of this blog is to show the human interest side of foreign countries, particularly Guizhou Province of Southwest China. Learning about other cultures is always interesting and Guizhou is rich in cultures. There are many kinds of peoples, from remote minority villagers all the way through the very high tech techies.

So if you have a story to tell about Guizhou, or helpful information for English speaking people in Guizhou, please contact me at tourguizhou@gmail.com .  You can support this project by contributing your story, linking, and letting other people know about us.

If you really are interested in making an impact, come and take a teaching job, or come as a tourist and look around.

Feel free to contact me at tourguizhou@gmail.com if you have questions.

Jack

African-American youths see the true China

African-American youths see the true China
By Yan Dongjie (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2016-05-22 16:35
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2016-05/22/content_25410946.htm

It is not often that I reference China Daily because this web site blog (at www.tourguizhou.com) is about foreigners in Guizhou. Guizhou Province of China is magnificent . . . in the friendly people, the beautiful landscape, abundant water resources, clean air, minority cultures and an incredible variety of local foods. So when I read a headline referencing the “true China” it really set off a little bell. In the USA people always ask me,  “What is it like in China?”.  My answer is always the same . . . “China’s a big place. It’s better to ask me what it’s like in Guizhou, or Guiyang.”

I really wanted to read the article because I don’t know how to describe the true China either. My impression is that about half of the country is still quite rural, with a big percentage of people pulling themselves up out of the rubble that was The Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. It is a rapidly growing techno society and a sleepy rural place as well. It is on the move, or not. It depends on your bias going in, and what you are shown, and what you choose to see. So I really was curious about what the author and the hosts came up with in describing the trip of “African-American youths”. You have the link now and can read the article yourselves.

So if I wanted to show Chinese people the True America, what would I show them? Perhaps I will try to lead a group to the USA and attempt to show them the “True America”. What will it be? The African American youths were shown Beijing and Shanghai. That would be like showing Washington DC and New York City, only, and calling it the “true America”. What a bastard view that would be.

So the question stands, what would I show them? Well it would be difficult in two weeks to show the true America with any degree of granularity. For sure, I would want to show them New York City and Washington DC. I would also want to show them a pro football game, a college basketball game, a minor league baseball game, Flint, a jazz bar, Harvard, Northwestern Michigan Community College, a small midwest town, some National Parks, an NRA sponsored shooting range, a primary school class, a church service, a medical research hospital, Detroit Recorder’s Court, a township board meeting, a Donald Trump rally, West Point, a Boeing Corporation jet plane factory, … hmmm. Two weeks might not be enough time!

Does anybody else have any ideas about “the true America”?

Tuberculosis in China

Ray Mahoney, a friend of mine, was recently diagnosed with TB.  His story can be seen online TB In China and

at http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI4NDE4NjU5Mg==.html?from=y1.7-2   and

https://www.dropbox.com/s/g7q3ujwp7efzgip/TB_In_China.flv?dl=0 . Ray has about 20 years of experience as a foreigner in China, and I have about eight or ten. We have learned a lot that we didn’t know about what happens when medical attention is needed. We have learned about deportation when an infectious disease is present, and the quarantine policies. This video highlights the issues, and as I write, the issues for Ray remain unresolved.

Guiyang For Laowai (Getting Around in Guiyang)

The Guiyang for Laowai is listed below (prior post) and is a guidebook written by volunteers, all foreigners. It is in it’s third edition and goes obsolete rapidly.  There are plenty good restaurants and other places of interest listed, in addition to what you find here. You may need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to download it. The VPN gets through the firewall an lets you view western sites. I use Astrill ( https://www.astrill.com/ ), but there are several others out there. Astrill runs about $6 or $7 a month which is typical.  If you have a friend with “Free” “gate” (spelling intentionally altered) he can probably give you the program, but their website is blocked from China. It’s a free vpn.

I am Jack, and am the administrator of this site. I am rethinking this site and need suggestions for new content, and of course, content contributors.  If you have ideas, please contact me at johnsporter@gmail.com .