Meeting the University's President
and a Trip Back to Jinan
Meeting with President Fan, Shandong University of Technology
Due to very busy schedules, the Labor Day holidays, and President Fan's
recent trip to Europe, we were unable to have a meeting with the president
arranged until last week. We had a wonderful banquet with him and staff
members, good discussion about possible exchange programs between SUNY
Ulster and Shandong (for both faculty and students), and the customary
exchange of gifts. There is a real interest here in exploring ways in
which SUNY Ulster and Shandong University of Technology might join in
partnership programs. Very encouraging for both sides, and a real opportunity
waiting to happen!
Back to Jinan
We spent the weekend in Jinan,
doing more sightseeing, and enjoying the more cosmopolitan surroundings.
We also visited Thousand Buddha Hill park.
On ground level at the entrance to the park we stumbled upon a performance
that will remain in our memories for a long time. A small group of senior
citizen musicians were playing rather exotic and unique Chinese instruments,
and others took turns singing. Those in the audience listened over tea.
When they spotted us, they welcomed us, brought chairs and offered us
We are always sensitive about taking photos of people, but they readily
encouraged us to do so and even posed in several instances. The music
was lovely, and the conversation with these wonderful people
did not need any interpreter's help. Gestures worked fine. An older man
approached Jim, showing that he wanted to compare arm and chest hairs
with him. Startled, and somewhat embarrassed at first, Jim then accommodated
him. Why not! Some laughter at these bodily differences, all in delightful
We moved on to ascend the mountain, but kept smiling with the warm feelings
this experience left us with. Thousand Buddha Hill was quite impressive.
We rode a cable car partway up, then climbed many steps to the top to
see the spectacular views and many impressive temples.
Of course, we can't resist sharing yet another photo with you of what
we could have enjoyed for lunch . So that you might share
the experience, here is a photo of the live scorpions and other
creatures waiting to become someone's lunch. The photo of these delicacies
and the outdoor eatery that was serving them up is sure to tempt your
appetites. Again, we apologize to the weak of stomach.
We are trying to capture as many unusual street scenes and other images
of the lifestyle typical to the local folk, and to include them in these
weekly postings, to give you a picture of what our stay here is like.
A photo-journalistic publication in the making? Perhaps???