The city of Jingzhou has an intact city wall dating from over 2000 years ago (Han Dynasty) The New East Gate of the Ancient City Wall, first built over 2000 years ago. Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

The Old East Gate of the Ancient City Wall, first built over 2000 years ago. Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March 2008.

Ramparts & moat at the New East Gate, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2005

Southeast portion of city wall, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. July, 2008

Statue of Qu Yuan in city park, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. July, 2008
Qu Yuan was famous poet of the Warring States period, born in Ziqui about 150 km upstream along the Yangtze River. His death is commemorated by the annual Dragon Boat Festival.

One of the newest of China's Universities, Yangtze University in Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2005
China is investing huge amounts of money into Universities for education and research View of the University at night, July, 2008
Bats were swooping around at night also, hopefully eating mosquitos and not looking for Canadian food, July, 2008

Jingzhou museum in Hubei Province. March, 2005
Contains fascinating neolithic artifacts and the preserved corpse of what could be Freddy Krueger's brother. Well worth the visit. A link to a picture of the corpse can be found here. This corpse is 1.7 m tall (about 5'6"). This Western Han Dynasty official was around 60 years old when he died over 2140 years ago. His inner organs were removed into one container and the other container has his brain. His body was treated with chemical preservatives which slowed down decay, and the tomb became flooded which also served to preserve him.

Bride showing off her dress in a city park, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

Although it's still winter, a large variety of fruit is available in Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

Stele Park, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008
This scene of flowering magnolia (Mulan hua) and Chinese lanterns can be found in a park near the New East Gate, but serves as a teahouse with many small rooms filled with old-style chinese furniture

A member of one of the minorities in China (Yi?) selling herbal medicines near the East Gate. March 2008

Teaching Room at the City Museum, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008.
Interesting translations from Chinese to English abound throughout China. Here "electrified" refers to Audio-Visual capacities (e.g. internet enabled, DVD/CD players available, computers present, etc.), but the wording brings to mind cattle prods or electric fences to motivate students and keep them in the classroom.

The Wanshou or Longevity Pagoda is found on the banks of the Yangtze (Changjiang) River in Sashi city, Hubei, China. March, 2008 Sashi has been merged with Jingzhou and both have artifacts from the Warring Kingdoms period over 2000 years ago. This pagoda contains a large Buddha and several smaller ones. Here is a view of the base of the pagoda. Here are scenes from the narrow winding staircase and one of the many windows looking out. There are also numerous carvings lining the walls

Xuanmiao Taoist Temple in Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

Xuanmiao Taoist Temple in Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

Zhanghua Buddhist Temple, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

Prayer room in one of the many temples at the Zhanghua Buddhist Temple Complex, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

A Temple Guardian in one of the temples at the Zhanghua Buddhist Temple Complex, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

Pagoda at the the Zhanghua Buddhist Temple Complex, Jingzhou, Hubei, China. March, 2008

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