Excerpt from Chapter 10 Working in Wuhan
When I arrived in Wuhan to work there, I found myself living in the 'big smoke'. Wuhan is a conglomeration of three cities; Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang in which I worked in the district of Lvxiang (in Mandarin) but otherwise called Louheng. Whereas the City of Hong Hu was in the countryside, and the central town of 'Xindi' where I worked was only about five by seven streets wide, Wuhan is the capital and the most populous city of Hubei Province in Central China, and is, according to Wikipedia, sometimes referred to as the 'Chicago of China'. It has a 3,500-year-long history and is more ancient than Beijing, Xi'an and Nanjing. It was in Wuhan in 1911 that Sun Yat-sen's followers launched the Wuchang Uprising that led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China.
Like Hong Hu, Wuhan sits on the Yangtze River (the Changjiang). The Changjiang also intersects with the Hanjiang which separates Hankou from Hanyang. I have swum in both rivers - well actually I only 'almost' swam in the Changjiang. I swam in the river in Hong Hu just down from the 'lock' cutting it off from the Changjiang. Close Enough! But people do actually swim across the Changjiang in Wuhan - just up from where the Hanjiang intersects near the Holiday Inn in Hanyang, just down from the No 1 Bridge.
The Number 1 Bridge extends from Wuchang in front of the Huang He Lou (Yellow Crane Tower) to Hanyang near the TV tower below which is located the Chinchuan Pavilion. To travel in peak hour from Louheng to the No 1 Bridge 'used to take' an hour, and sometimes it would take an hour more to just get across the bridge. These days there is an under river tunnel to relieve the traffic congestion. Imagine my surprise then when one day I left home by taxi at 6am to travel to the airport, (travelling across the No 1 bridge to Hanyang and across another bridge to Hankou and then miles out from there) and arrived at the airport in less time than it usually took to get to the No 1. Bridge. Wuhan is a big, noisy, traffic filled city with a population of about 10 million people, a third of which live in the inner city.
There is plenty for tourists to see in Wuhan, including Moshan park on East Lake, the Meiyuan (Rose Garden) and Zhongshan park, as well as buildings like the Yellow Crane tower, the Chinchuan pavilion and others which you can find doing an internet search.
.............There is an old saying that self-praise is no recommendation but as I am not recommending myself to anyone, I am not afraid to 'praise myself' by saying that I am a good teacher. That may not mean much to anyone else, but it means an awful lot to me. My life in China has been dedicated to becoming the best I can be in what I do, and what I try to do to the best of my ability, is to provide students with a chance at a bright financial future through the medium of the English Language. I have developed 'self-esteem' and I have had real impact on people's lives. Yan Yuhua like so many other students from Wuhan still stays in contact me even though I left the school at the beginning of 2007. I know I have helped many students and I know that they appreciate what I have tried to do for them, and that too is a wonderful feeling - to be appreciated! And every so often I do get the chance to catch up with some of my former students as I travel around China.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: November 2014
- As mentioned on the Chapters as Published: Finding Myself in China page, the original contents of these pages has been removed leaving an excerpt. Chapter numbers as they appear at Magic City are no longer correct within the current draft of the book. There has also been a lot of editing in the areas of grammar, additional stories and rewording of stories. Nevertheless I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen and will consider buying the book when it becomes available.
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2013 Social Commentary Articles
Giving the Finger to Comrade GOOGLE's brand of Communism
By Comrade R.P. BenDedek
August 26, 2013
I have come to the decision that the only thing I can do is take a page out of Comrade Google's 'Little Red Book' and say: 'Screw You!' Comrade Google didn't like the way the Communist Government of China kept changing the rules. Comrade Google would not submit to a 'totalitarian authority'. Comrade Google decided to pull up stakes and leave. Is there a lesson to be learned in that?
Political Islam is full of hypocrisy and lies
by R.P. BenDedek
August 11, 2013
Politicians care only for themselves and nothing for the truth unless it suits their purposes. What they do call truth is usually nothing but lies! The general population - never seem to notice when radicals of all nationalities, religions and persuasions turn to 'ad hominems' rather than to logical debate when someone disagrees with them. The honest man will argue his point honestly. The perverted man ignores the argument and attacks the man (ad hominem) as though truth is not found in discovering and weighing the evidence and facts but in the character and 'Politically Correct Nature' of the person speaking them.
R.P.BenDedek (pseudonym) is the Author of 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' (http://www.kingscalendar.com ), and is a guest columnist and stand-in Editor at Magic City Morning Star News. He is also the Editor of the 'Writers Journal' at Kingscalendar.com. An Australian, he has been teaching Conversational English in China since 2003.
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"The King's Calendar" is a chronological study of the historical books of the Bible (Kings and Chronicles), Josephus, Seder Olam Rabbah, and the (Essene) Damascus Document of The Dead Sea Scrolls