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关于开辟金井到秧田往返骑行游学路线的建议

目的:

在不增加投资的情况下,利用周边的山川河流等自然条件,给合作各方增加一种游学产品,让参加过游学实践活动的学生们可以再回到秧田来体验另一种产品。

路线设置:

第一天:

上午到达秧田村后,十点集合,讲规则和路程安排,十一点出发,路线为: 秧田,桃花洞,桃花岭,团山村,惠农村,大概平均七个小时可以到达山水学堂,也就是傍晚六点,正好赶上晚餐,在王家祠堂旅馆休整一晚,体力好先到达的可以组织在金井茶园里体验采茶。单程33公里。

第二天:

山水学堂凌晨出发,单家坝,白鹭湖,思公桥,牛皮岭,狮鼓台,赤马湖,秧田村,单程27公里。大概上午十二点可以全部到达秧田村,吃中餐,下午开总结会,然后回城。

目标市场

喜欢户外运动的孩子,希望孩子体质更强,意志力更强的家长,还有那些希望孩子将来出国读书的家长,因为他们报考国外大学,这样的体验是比较受招生老师关注的。家长孩子都可以参加骑行,但是年龄最低是九岁。

安全性

  1. 这条路线百分之九十五是没有多少车子的乡村公路,百分百全部是乡道,其中三分之一以上是油子路,很好骑。
  2. 在一些比较危险的路段,比如惠农村到大坡岭,比如秧田村牌楼前的高速路口,都安排专人守候两三个小时。
  3. 安排一台收容面包车跟着大部队走,骑不动,或者受伤的参与者,可以坐面包车回到驻地。
  4. 再安排两个教官骑摩托车,跟着大部队,维护纪律,避免打闹,或者不遵守交通规则。如果被教官红牌或者两张黄牌罚下,就只能坐面包车提前回驻地。
  5. 尽量安排团队比赛的形式骑行,一是锻炼学生们的集体意识,和领导力,二是让他们实现自我管理,减轻教官的负担,因为只比赛小组成员的总成绩。

孩子可以收获什么

  1. 几乎所有孩子,不管是男孩女孩,都喜欢在乡下骑行所带来的那种速度刺激感,终于可以挣脱束缚了。这种放飞的感觉对学习压力很大的孩子是很重要的释放方式。
  2. 另外,这种骑行对于他们认识农村,认识大自然,认识到自己的不足,都是很好的课堂。
  3. 骑行六十公里对体能的锻炼也是很有效的。

营销与公关

和骑行协会、运动协会、体育局等来合作,定期举办有奖骑行团体赛、家庭赛、班级赛等,按照年龄段评奖,并且骑行途中充满智力挑战,让骑行更刺激,收获更大。

途中的智力大挑战

在途中加入一些地方人文知识的考试,通过了才可以进行下一断路的骑行,这样可以让比赛更有戏剧性,也可以避免腿抽筋或者中暑,还可以让体能差的骑手有机会反败为胜。

我们事先出几十上百个题,组成题库,然后大家通过平板随机抽取题目,现场作答,答对了或者及格了才可以放行。

收费

  1. 如果是通过骑行协会等推广,佣金大概是30%,
  2. 山水学堂的床位费是30元一人一晚,
  3. 餐标暂时定20元一人一餐。
  4. 导游费20元一人一天,
  5. 保险和管理费为30元,
  6. 基本成本为30+80+20+20+30=180元。
  7. 根据这些来定收费。180/0.7=260元

收费建议定为260到280元一人,两天一晚。

周六上午来,周日傍晚走。

举办频率

开始每两月一次,固定在每个双月份的第一个周末。为了鼓励家长在周五晚上送孩子来,早做准备,可以给予优惠。

政府报备

如果是与体育局或者骑行协会联合举办,则由他们负责去报备。如果预计参与人数少,就向沙市镇和金井镇政府报备即可。如果人数超过一百,则向浏阳和长沙县报备。

所需人员

待定。

沿路尽量请临时工帮忙维护秩序,这样可以获得当地的支持。

收入预算

假如一次有两百个人参加,则除掉餐饮伙食和保险成本之外,可以获得

65*200=13000元的毛利润。

如果其中有一部分是自己来报名的,那么就不需要支付佣金,毛利润会更高一些。

类似的活动因为本身具有轰动效应,没有竞争对手,慢慢地学生家长会直接找我们来报名,将来假如有五百个参与者,而且全部是通过我们自己的系统报名的,那么毛利润为:

280-30-80-5=165元每人

165*500=82500元毛利。

一旦形成滚雪球效应,就可以自带流量,不需要去做宣传了,每两个月或者每个月举办一次。

除了骑行,还可以组织野营、徒步、野外生存大比拼等等。

What is a traditional funeral like in a southen Chinese village

The above is a picture of the feast. Eight guests sit at a table, attendees are villagers, friends and coworkers, relatives.

All foods and furnitutes are.provided by a catering company in the town.

This kind of traditional souther China funeral typically last for two and half days, excluding the days waiting for the right date of burial.

These two lists of names tell the helpers what their jobs are. The deceased old lady is a neighbor of mine. So I am obligated to provide two days and half ti help, and my job is to clean the feast rooms and funeral service room. I have been assigned for the same job for quite a few years because I am jusy like my father who passed away, never disappoint people whenever a funeral or wedding needs our help. We are the most reliable family in the village in this category. But my father was a lot more skilled and experienced than me so he would always be helping in the kitchen. He would not do low level work like cleaning.

This is how we clean piles of dishes, normalky there are about six to eight people assigned for this job. On the other hand, I am always the only man cleaning the floors. They have to find someone reliable for that kind of solo work.

This is the garage and lobby of the house, at the moment there are a lot of gods in this funeral service room, including Mao.

This sentence in white ink is the next half of an antithetical couplet 对联, which is always shown on both sides of a door. This half Couple says that We cannot stop missing you, and your looks are still so vivid in our minds.

This is the first half of a couplet, it says, when we enter the coffin room, we cannot stop our tears, goodbye mother/grandma.

This is just one room of the feast, there are three temporary rooms, all together there were typically 40 tables of guests, about 300 guests and helpers.

I dont know who this figure is, he guards one of the doors to the coffin room. He is probably Guan Yu关公。

This is another guard. He looks like 张飞, another main role and warrior in The Romance of Three Kingdoms.

These red packets are firecracks. They are short, used to annouce another round of ceremony begins.

This is a bag of snacks, the shredded peel of grapefruit soaked in liquid sugar. I guess it is used to be dessert serving the gods.

These yellow papers are cash used in the lower world.

These two containers are full of gadgets that visitors will hold on hands while walking and grieving along side of the coffin. The leaders and singers will hold the two large ones, while guests just hold smaller sticks. I dont know what they stand for.

This red and yellow and black brush like gadget will be hold by the funeral leaders who are paid to organize all ceremones.

The basin is full of ash, it is used to burn the yellow paper cash by the visitors as a gift for the deceased to use in her new home, maybe buy a piece of furniture, or some land.

Rice, acohole and tea, brought by her offsprings, for the deceased to enjoy.

Twelve animals made of coloful dough, by a crew who made all these coloful ceremony decorations and gadgets.

This yellow man is leading the lady to her new home.

That is my neighbor, she is a Buddhist, used to pray on behalf of families in Jiuxi Temple, and get commission as her income. She died at the age of 86.

That is where the traditional musical band sit.

In recent years, there is an additional musical band in every funeral, and they have a local woman, sometimes a man too, singing on the last day. They also encourage guests to sing Karaokay.

This box is a gift from her neighew.

This is the spirit of tablet of a god called Lamp Messenger.

Ancestors of the Chen Family. Her husband is a Chen.

Below this glass the lady lies quietly.

That is the coffin, a freezer, something new as well.

This table is used to collect gift money/funerral contribution from each guest, each contribution will receive one or two packs of cigarates and a towl for return. The table normally has three people working there, one writes down the amounts and names, another takes the cash and the third gives a package as return.

These are wreathes from various families or friends.

This is called Golden Mountain, a god in the middle of a mountain. Normally it is a gift paid by the daughter or granddaughter, to her brother or father. In this funeral, I saw four of them. So her daughter and grand daughter both paid the paper crew on site to make a pair of these, the Gold Mountain, and the Silver Mountain.

Another god guarding the fourtune.

The third.

A photo from outside.

A few ladies are assigned to serve tea, when their husbands are not available.

Where a man is assigned to make boiled water.

TEN COURSES ON OUR TABLE

The 10th course, bamboo shoots. The 9th course, salty fish. The main dish, fatty pork. Goat meat. SoupShrimpMushroomMain dish, small abalone. The below.is.the first course, duck.

来自美国的心灵导师,BARREN KATIE,以及THE WORK

这是这个机构的【网址】。他们是做什么的?简单来说,就是通过心理辅导,解决人们生活中的各种苦恼、怨恨等。他们的主要理论依据是《道德经》,就是引导大家学会从不同角度来看待生活中的各种麻烦,告诉人们,大多数时候,苦恼和麻烦其实都是自己的表象的主观判定,我们并没有能够意识到深层次的原因。如果通过不断向自己反问,找到最底层的根源,很多问题就可以解决了。这个组织经常在美国各地开课,有自己的培训学校,有自己培训出来的“心理咨询师”,有免费的公益网络辅导课等等。上图右侧这个妇女就是来自美国加州的奠基人 BARREN KATIE,她是整个组织的灵魂人物。现在这个组织已经在美国和欧洲等大多数发达国家都有分部,很多人从这套方法中受益,学会看到麻烦的本质,自己的问题,学会原谅别人,因此获得了解脱。

中国达人如何参加美国达人秀节目2020 – 2021年度海选(第16季)

美国达人秀是全球达人秀节目连锁品牌中的一个,这个连锁品牌是由 英国人西蒙 SIMON COWELL创建的(下图那个男人,他是大老板兼评委),在美国,这个选修节目的出品方是 FREMANTLE NORTH AMERICA公司,合作方是 SYCOtv 电视公司。

这个选秀节目是2006年第一次上电视的,每年都是在夏季演出。主持人目前是一个黑人演员,如下图。美国达人秀与英国达人秀都是同一个连锁品牌中的一员。

美国这个节目是英国人 COWELL 先生和美国全国广播公司 NBC 合作制作,所以在很多电视观众看来,是NBC电视台的节目,实际上并不是他们自己制作。

签证

中国达人想去美国参加海选和比赛需要签证,旅游签证其实不是很合适,但作为普通中国达人,也只有这个途径。参加海选用旅游签证没关系,但是如果海选过了,就要上台表演,这个时候旅游签证就不合适了,应该组委会的律师会统一和当地移民局去沟通。

美国达人秀节目的四位裁判和一位主持

海选城市

和中国的很多选秀节目一样,美国达人秀节目的海选也是在不同城市轮流举行,从东海岸到西海岸都有,总共十来个城市,方便不同州的美国本地达人参加,同时也让海选过程更有趣味,增加影响力。中国达人去美国,要根据自己的签证有效期选择一个合适的城市和日期参加。一般纽约和洛杉矶这两个城市每年都会是海选城市之一,其他城市会有变化。参加2020年的海选已经有些晚了,而2021年暑期选秀的海选城市还没有确定。一旦确定,我会在网页下方补充,请关注。

比赛过程

海选过后参赛者不会立刻知道结果,评委们要等所有城市的海选节目都结束之后,再把节目带回南加州的公司,统一选出可以进入第二阶段海选的节目。在这第二次的海选过程中,选手只要花一分半种,来大致展示自己的实力就够了,不需要表演完整的节目,因为人还是很多。

如果第二轮你又过了,就可以在南加州洛杉矶的固定剧场里参加初赛复赛了,到时候不管有没有取得名次,你都出名了。四个评委中,有两个男的,其中一个是老板,也是说话最刁钻的,另外一个我记得是全国广播公司NBC电视台的主持人。他们两人基本上每一期都在评委席上,另外两位女士一般都是有色人种,因为两个男评委都是白人。这两个女士的人选会有变动,2020这一季一个新上任的女评委是获奖美剧《摩登家庭》中那个哥伦比亚来的美女妈妈。

这四个评委每人都有一次机会,将某个初赛阶段的选手直接送入总决赛,叫做黄金按钮。

经过几轮比拼,最终会从前二人中选出总冠军。总冠军有机会在拉斯维加斯进行专场表演,赚大钱。

所以,如果是中国达人去参赛,可能会有签证问题,因为要等所有海选城市结束之后,海选才会有结果。除非很有实力,给节目制作公司很深的印象,否则中国达人可能需要先回国,或者去加拿大呆一会儿,在那里重新申请美国签证,然后在第二轮海选之前再入境。我们的美国旅游签证可能只有三个月,海选过后等待的时间一般会超过两个月,如果不出去申请延长签证,会导致没有时间参加初赛。所以,尽量选择最后那个海选城市吧,希望全部在三个月内完成。

注册

达人秀的英文名称是 America’s Got Talent,简称 AGT,有一个官方网站,没有中文版本。参加达人秀第一步就是注册。如果你有兴趣参加,请在下面留言,我可以帮你注册,或者加入我们的一个微信群,一起商量如何去参加这个选秀节目。他们的官方网站在国内打不开,被墙,只能我来想办法。

视频节目上传

参加海选报名需要上传你的表演视频,这个也要在其官网进行。如果有戏,我可以帮你上传到你的报名资料里。

奖金

总冠军的奖金是一百万美金,但是这要分40年给你,每年只有25000美元。如果想一次性领走,那就只有30万美金。如果没有得冠军,哪怕是亚军,也分文没有。

参赛费用

费用都要自己出。参加比赛的那两天,会有一些补贴,包括住宿和伙食等,而交通费等要自己来负责。签证费这些更需要你来出,不过这个不多。

表演费

美国电视广播艺术家联盟会给每一季前24名参赛者一笔表演费,如果表演时长是半小时,那么就给910美元,如果是一小时的表演,则增加为1303美元,外加两顿饭钱。

参加美国达人秀,冠军的真实奖金是多少钱?

美国达人秀的总角色冠军奖金是100万美金,但是这100万 要在40年内分别获得,也就是每年大约2万5千美金,另外还要交税,所以每年大概2万3000美金,如果选择一次性领走,那这一百万美金将降至大约30万美金。如果成为冠军,将有机会在拉斯维加斯的大剧院表演几场,获得其他收入。观众想看海选过后的表演的话,需要去洛杉矶好莱坞的DOLBY剧院,也就是奥斯卡颁奖剧院。

参加美国达人秀节目,一般来说,大部分表演者会先上传一个表演的录像,如果没有合适的,可能就只能去现场参加海选。参加海选必须先填写报名表,然后带上护照前去海选现场。同时最好还在手机上找到表演者注册确认邮件,展示给接待人员,先把这个邮件确认函打印出来也好。

[Village life] The Chinese New Year approaching

It is January 20th today, 2017. But according to Chinese traditional lunar calendar, it is still December 2016. In most years the lunar calendar is about one month behind solar calendar.
Today is December 22th according to the lunar calendar and we are 8 days away from the end of 2016, as well as Spring Festival.

Jinjing Town has been influenced by the modern culture and lifestyles coming from the city of Changsha for a hundred years, and our lifestyle has transformed into an international standard town in my ways, in just 30 years. We did not have electricity until when I was about ten years old. I was doing my homeworks/reading my first storybook on the side of an oil lamp which could so easily burned the mosquito net and burn me if I was not careful at that age…

But we can still sense the power of traditions of hundreds of years during this special time, spanning from the second half days of December to the first half of January of the new year.
Paying/receiving the salary/debts is one of the major activities in this period. Many families and small businesses have hired labors/carpenters working on various projects: building houses for example, the tradition allows us to pay them at the end of the year. We do not need to pay them right away when the job is done. We pay them during important festivals or when they need money in serious occasions: wedding, funeral, college entrance, hospital bills, etc. There are trusts among people. You do not see that in the cities anymore, not like this.

Chinese people are not religious and we never go to a church or temple to pray regularly. Only during Spring Festival many families go to a local temple to pray for the peace and wellness of the family. When my father was alive, he would go alone in the first day, at dawn, like many others. Going to the GuanYin Temple as early as possible may avoid the impressive crowd, more importantly, it shows the goddess they prayers are sincere.

Nowadays the temple is taken care of by monks and female temple practitioners/keepers. They live in the small temple and asked the pilgrims not to set off firecrackers anymore so that the Buddhas, goddess and themselves can enjoy the peace. “You do not need to be loud to show you are sincere when you pray.” That’s what the female temple keepers told the pilgrims.

I wish I find the peace this year.

This is the house I grew up, the right part. My father was standing in front of the house in Spring Festival. Today when I write this blog, everything has changed around this place. The old house is gone, the person in the picture is gone. But
The family is still here.

Looking for national park management consultants and land planners

We are an investor from Shanghai, looking for a master planner team, hopefully from the USA, to work with us on a national park in Jiangsu Zhenjiang City. We expect the planner is not only familiar with the planning and design, but also with the operation and business mode of this type of project. If you are not perfect for this type of work, please team up with someone else that you know qualified.
There is no program yet, we are waiting for the international consultants to provide us with their input and advices.
During design, we will work closely with the local government on the program and it might be time consuming, please include that in your proposal. Thank you.
These are the existing conditions of the national park in Zhengjiang.


This is Zhenjiang City.

Looking for an urban design team for Shanghai Pudong Marina walking street

Message from the developer: The walking street plus its attached facilities including shopping mall, etc will be located in Shanghai’s Pudong Lingang New Town(I decided to translate it into Pudong Marina), which is a new city currently being developed in Shanghai’s Pudong District, where the Pudong International Airport is. This marina is called Dishui Lake, a man made lake completed just a few years ago.
In this large lake there are three islands – left over of the land when excavating the lake. The islands are mainly themed park, hotel, shopping mall, leisure, entertainment, etc. Our project will be shinning here.
Shanghai is expanding too large in recent years. The government decided to develop a few secondary cities functioning as the supporting hubs to the heart of Shanghai, which is in the west of Huangpu River.
Our company is a Shanghai native developer, who used to focus on residential developments. We welcome all international master planners/architects who are experienced in developing high density urban complex and walking street to contact us through Amasia.

====TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS:
Fireplace in China: Just in case you do not know. Chinese families do not use fireplace!
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But the new high end houses are starting to use them, although not so beautiful. We actually make a lot of them, as I heard, and they are all for exports only. This does not mean you cannot specify or recommend fireplaces to your future Chinese clients though. We not only need them in most places of China because of the weather, but also love them – by those who have used fireplaces. It’s just yet to be introduced by more and more home builders here.

Looking for a hotel interior design consultant for 4 months working in Shanghai

We are looking for a consultant or a consulting company for a large urban five star hotel in Shanghai. It’s part of an urban complex. The public area is 85,000 m2, guest room area 21,000 m2, BOH area 19,000 m2. The interior design firm is from Italy. We are the developer of this large urban complex, and we would like our consultant of hospitality interior designers to speak on behalf of us during design process and later on construction phase, review plans/documents produced by the Italian designer team, provide advice to us & the architect.
You will be working for us for at least 3 months during interior design. When we invite bidders of contractors we will need your services again and we would like to sign another consultancy agreement.
We are one of the major developers in Shanghai, looking forward to more chances working with you.

China’s horrible beggar industry

Background:

This article is a translation of the reporting/dialogue in a TV program about China’s beggar industry in a city called Dongguan, which is close to Hong Kong. This TV station is based in Hong Kong, it is the only outside-of-mainland-China TV station that is allowed to broadcast to certain people of mainland China, due to its relationship with the Beijing administrations. It’s called Phoenix TV, which main audience is the people living in China. Although they are not allowed to report those news which could hurt the government of China, they do not need to lie, or be manipulated by the Beijing government. So this TV station is the only news resource of many young Chinese, and the educated Chinese who can use internet to approach their reporting.

China has been called the Factory of the World. Inside China, the factories are mainly in two areas. One is near Shanghai, and the other is near Hong Kong. This translation of the program is about the horrible beggar-control industry in this city called Dongguan which is completely full of all kinds of factories: shoes, clothes, electronic products, toys…

My business is to help international architects and designers to promote their services in China, not related to any charity, children…I just feel I need to do something after watching this story. We are so disappointed in this government and want it to be gone for ever, please help us by giving constant pressure to the government. In their eyes the people are nothing, our words are simply ignored all the time!

==Translation begins…

Story 1:  Jianqiu Loo’s Arm and Legs

失踪之前的卢剑秋After reading this article, please watch the video which will be shown to you. It’s all in Mandarin. In about one minute, the program will show you a photo of a young man standing in front of a traditional building. His name is Jianqiu Loo, from the City of Wuzhou, in Guangxi Province. If somehow he is still alive today, somewhere, he should be 35 years old.

This is how he disappeared 10 years ago.

In 2000, he, as a young man of about 20 years old, went to Dongguan to work as one of the many migrant workers in the region. One evening after work he went to see his girl friend and never come back. His family all thought he died. The policemen of his hometown didn’t do anything when his family reported to them his missing.

Then in 2010, ten years later, his cousin, whose name is Xiaoyan Loo, was also working in this city, another town. If you watch the video, you will see a woman in red and then telling her story in dark, without showing her face. Obviously she was scared that she would get revenge by those beggar group if they see her face on TV.

One evening, she was wondering around in the busy commercial street of a industrial town alone. She walked to a quiet lane, and suddenly heard someone was calling her nickname, in the dialect of her hometown. She looked around, saw no one but a beggar beside her, one side of his legs and arms is missing, long and dirty hair. She was confused and didn’t say anything. Then she heard that voice again. “Are you calling me?” She asked.

“Yes. Your father’s name is ***, right?” The beggar asked.

“That’s right. Who are you?”

“I am your Sandee (The Third Child and Younger Brother of the family). My father is ***.”

“But my Sandee is already dead.” She said.

乞丐卢剑秋“No.” The beggar then started to shed tears. He was sitting on his bottom on a wooden board beside a garage bin in the street, dirty and in rags, but the woman managed to recognize that he is her cousin Jianqiu Loo. She noticed that he only has one arm, and both legs have been cut off from above the knees, one of which was in an odd position. When you watch the TV, you will notice a sketch in black showing a man with beard on a board with wheels and a chain on the front. That’s what he was like as a beggar.

He asked her whether they were in their hometown in Guangxi Province. She said no, they were in Dongguan.

“Why are you looking like this? We have been looking for you for many years.” She asked him.

“It has been ten years…ten years ago. I woke up and became like this.” He said.

“What do you mean?”

“Ten years ago. I got off a bus, and walked for a short distance, bumped into a man, then became unconscious…I woke up in agony, and realized that my legs were gone, and one arm was also missing. It was all dark in the room, and I had no idea what’s going on…After some time, there would be a man walking in to change the medical ointment.” Jianqiu Loo told her.

While telling her what happened, he was looking at a minibus stopping nearby. She looked at that direction and noticed there were two men carrying other no-leg beggars to that minibus. He told her to be closer and throw some changes to his plate every now and then, otherwise those men would get suspicious.

He kept telling his story. “I was locked in that dark room for one year and then the wounds were healed. They took me out to beg money. Some days I slept in those minibus, sometimes they took us to another place to sleep. I clearly remember that it has been ten years as every year, during the New Year we would be fed with chicken legs. I knew that must be New Year. So I marked on the wall. Now there are ten bars on the wall.”

“So what do you eat everyday?”

“Mostly stuffed bum (baods).”

They were both inexperienced in this kind of situation, and obviously uneducated, before they realized that they should figure out how to rescue Jianqiu Loo from the beggar group, the watching men of this group noticed something wrong with them. They came and took Jianqiu away, threw him to the minbus and left.  The woman, watching his cousin abused, kicked and beat by the two men, instead of reporting to the local police or call the police, she ran home because she was too scared. The only thing she noticed was that the two men are both big, one of them has tattoo on his arm. The license plate number of the minibus was blocked from being seen by one of the men. She did notice that they were speaking a dialect which could be from Henan Province or Anhui Province, because she works in a factory where  there are other workers from those two provinces.

 

Those two ferocious men warned her to mind her own affairs, or she will get cut down. And they asked her for money. She said she didn’t have any money with her. So the two men asked her to fuck off.

When her cousin Jianqiu was carried away by the two men. He lowed his head in fear and said nothing.

Xiaoyan Loo, the woman ran home and sent a text message to her sister in the hometown, telling her that she saw their cousin Jianqiu. Just like most of Chinese peasants, especially women, she didn’t realize that she could/should report to the police to get help because in the poor countryside the policemen are never close to the people. She was scared also because she and her family were told ten years ago that Jianqiu Loo had already died somewhere, in those superstitious activities. She was either confused or scared, subconsciously she shared her fear with someone she could trust, the family, not local government.

But her message stirred the entire village up.  Older brother of Jianqiu Loo drove to this town immediately at night, from another province.  The next day, more of the family members and friends came in five cars, to start to look for him. But obviously it was too late.

Brother of Jianqiu Loo is called Zhudong Loo. He remembered that in downtown Dongguan you didn’t see many beggars like that with legs or arms missing. But in the suburb towns they were easy to see.  Some streets may have 4-5 beggars. None of them could stand up. They all sat or prostrated themselves on a wood board with four wheels underneath, and a chain in the front to pull by another beggar. Some of them use their hands on the ground to get themselves moving. He was also horrified by some of the beggars who were suffering from hunger or illness looked incredibly thin: their heads looked huge on their small necks…

The family members and friends looked everywhere in different towns and the city, tailed the beggars, or minibuses which looked similar to the one who took Jianqiu away. One day they spend the whole day to watch a beggar, hoping to find out who were controlling them, and where they would take the poor beggars. They saw that a big man came to pull their wooden four-wheel cart to somewhere quiet, took the money in the plate away, leaving a few cents as bait, or bring some water to the beggars. Most of the watch-dogs are big. They were also responsible moving the beggars around for more income.

Jianqiu’s cousin, the woman who saw Jianqiu, also joined the famly to look for him. She noticed one of the watch-dogs was actually also disabled, probably a beggar too because she saw that although he could stand up, and control others, he only had one hand, and he couldn’t speak to the bum shop owner when he was buying two bums as the beggar’s meal.

She saw that after buying meals for the beggar, and leave a few bank notes of changes in the plate. He walked to a car waiting nearby, giving the money to the driver. The car then left. The beggar continued to beg for money, the watch-dog beggar continued to watch him and other members in the street/district.

The man in the car wore sunglasses, short hair.

One of friends who came to search for Jianqiu noticed that most of the beggars had similar leg and arm problems, they all had similar wheel-boards, and they were controlled in a similar way. In the morning the beggars are dropped in the breakfast places, or food markets when those places are rather busy. At lunch they may be relocated to another place for more income. Some of them had one leg, some had no legs, some had no legs, no arms. Some beggars are with children. If the child is old enough, he/she might pull the chain to move the adult beggar in the street. In those cases, there would be an adult walking on the side to watch them. Once the plate is full. Those big guys would just take away the money.

He also noticed that those sunglasses drivers all drive good cars. They would drive to one street, and took away all the money of every beggar in that street, then go to another street to collect money.

Zhudong one day saw that a beggar crawled on his hands for about 100m toward somewhere because it started to drizzle down. But the watch-dog man came, use the chain to pull him back to outside the market  to keep begging.

Zhudong is the brother of Jianqiu. He has been looking for his younger brother in this city for years. Although there were no result, he knows how the beggar groups work. Every morning. The minibuses loaded with beggars come and unload the beggars to different locations of the city. Each town has 2-3 beggars, not in the downtown city for some reason. If there are holidays/shows, there would be more beggars in certain places. Beggars are taken away at 10:00 pm in the evening by vans.  The big guys in those vans are very quick while carrying the beggars onto the vans. A minibus collects all the beggars from the vans.   They couldn’t see inside the minibus and find out how many beggars were in there because the windows were all coated in black. They could only managed to see that it seems there were an upper shelve and a lower shelve. Zhudong’s impression is that those shelves are just like those on the trucks for transporting pigs.

The family actually found the minibus in a few days but it is a scarp minibus with fake plate.

Most of such beggar group minibuses are parked in the middle of nowhere, for example, outside of a postponed construction site, on the road side  where not many people work. They saw sometimes all the beggars spent their nights in the minibus. And they will cook outside.

Just like the woman, Jianqiu’s brother Zhudong also didn’t care to report to the police for help. He said he did that to the local police station of their hometown ten years ago but those people didn’t provide any feedback at all after his reporting. Zhudong believed that if he couldn’t provide any evidence of his brother being kidnapped/hurt by evil people, the police office will not take his case. So he wanted to see his brother before asking for help from the police.

But he has never had the chance to see his younger brother.

The family never asked for help from the government and police, but they did ask help from an old man named Xiuyong Wong. He helped the police to crack down he prostitution industry in the City of Dongguan 4 years ago, and became well known in China. The family approached him because he knows a lot about the hell world of Dongguan.

Story 2. Xiuyong Wong who has seen the hell in China

If you watch the video, you will see an old man talking. He is our hero whose family name is Wong. He is not a local. Mr. Wong lives in Shandong Province in the north, the same province where Qingdao beer is made. The reason he knows so much about the dark side of Dongguan is that he used to perform in the streets. And he managed to join the beggar group. Although he ended the hell life in Dongguan and went back to his home in Shandong, he told the reporter what he saw before.

In the video you will see he was showing a piece of paper to the reporter in large words, then another piece of paper in smaller words. When he was explaining what the first paper of short sentences was, I could only hear he said: “I wrote this down in simple words to tell you what the society is really like…” then the video is edited, and the camera jumped to the second paper he showed to us. It is possible that HongKong Phoenix TV knew that the edited message are not allowed to be in the air by Beijing. He wrote the message on the second piece of paper using his foot (this could be the way of attracting sympathy what he was performing/begging in the street of Dongguan, obviously as a beggar instead of an artist. ). The paper is about what he saw in the evil beggar groups, and he categorized the beggars into five types. The video didn’t tell us whether this man got into the mysterious beggar group intentionally, or not. According to what we see about his home behind him in the video, it is a very poor man’s home so it is likely he became a beggar just for a living, not that he tried to dig some news or crack down the evil beggar groups.
But he did make a photocopy of the paper to the local police in 2010. There was no result, probably if the local police decided to crack down the beggar industry of that city, it will ruin the reputation of local authority or it was just because he was nobody.

In that piece of paper he classified the Dongguan beggars into five groups (the details are not shown). He said the beggar groups in the industrial towns surrounding downtown Dongguan were rampant from the year of 2000 when he started to notice them. This is also the year when Jianqiu Loo lost his legs and one arm.

Mr. Wong said those beggar groups were controlled by different gangs, sometimes by a couple. Most of them are from the Province of Henan, in the middle of China. Henan has the worst reputation among Chinese. For some reasons Henan people appeared to be more selfish and merciless. The rates of cheating/crimes appeared to be higher than any other provinces in China. I have been to this province for three times in my life and every time I was cheated and lost money, big or small. So if one of your friends is going to do business with Chinese and they are from this province, be careful. By the way, nowadays most of the iPhone are assembled here.

On the other hand, in history the people in this province have suffered more tragedies including the 1924 Famine due to the Japanese invasion, and another famine during the Mao Era in the 1950s. This province has a huge population but is limited to its resources, this could be one of the reasons the people tend to ignore the human lives, even including their own lives. One example is the AIDS Villages in this province. Around twenty years ago many villagers were selling their blood for money, to the local blood-collectors. Nobody knew they should not share the needles. Maybe some of the local blood-collectors  knew but they didn’t care. As a result many got the AIDS, including children…

Mr. Wong said, at first the Nenan people noticed that the beggars were making pretty good money, so they started to rent disabled children and adults in their own villages, say $400 a year the more miserable looking the more expensive. These people would give the $400 to their parents in the village and took those disabled kids/adults to Dongguan, or other richer cities in China to beg in the street. It is not just Dongguan that has this kind of beggar groups, it’s everywhere in China and most of Chinese know that many beggars are controlled as many people have seen the money in front of the beggars was harvested by someone in the street. We didn’t know those people would steal/kidnap healthy children/adults and make them beggars. We didn’t know where those beggars stay at night, what they do when they get sick. Obviously this is still a underground industry. Some of these groups are run by one person, some by a peasant couple, some by a group of peasants. They started to rent or steal more disabled children from other places outside of their own villages when they found out that the profit was quite generous. And then they started to steal healthy children and cut their legs, their tongues, burn their skins to make them a profitable beggar. This is one of the reasons there are so many babies missing each year, although the main reason is not they are shaped into beggars, they are just sold to the families who need a boy, or another child. As we can see that, if a healthy young man like Jianqiu Loo can be cut into a beggar without the ability of running away, then it must be much easier and safer for those groups to work on the children.

I read a story yesterday. A man is traveling to Shanghai, when he was waiting in the street, he felt someone was holding his leg. When he looked down, it’s a little beggar, holding his leg and keeping making noise like a dumb. Then he realized that the little beggar is actually his nephew, the missing child of his sister! The beggar group had cut his tongue so he couldn’t speak or call his parents! (These discussion is not translation, just my own words.)

Mr. Wong said, those groups started to ride a pedicab to move the beggars around, when they had enough money, they started to use motor vehicles to carry more and move quickly. Those motor vehicles were like schooners, equipped with stove for cooking. Most of them settle down in an empty/abandoned construction site which is everywhere in an industrial city like Dongguan. There are very few local residents, mostly migrant workers, so nobody really care as they were all just passing by.

The schooners are the beggars’ temporary homes. They are sent to different locations by big threatening men to make money in very early morning to avoid being seen, and then harvested by vans and minibuses at 10:00PM when there are less customers in the streets. As Jianqiu’s brother and friends have found out.

Mr. Wong said there was a very striking feature is that those groups are all from the same place: Henan Province. Specifically it is Xingyang, Zhoukou, Zhumadian, etc. Mr. Xiuyong Wong used to be part of a beggar group controlled by the Zhoukou gang. The head is a peasant, who hired 3-4 hatchet men to manage more than a dozen disable children beggars.

Mr. Wong said that many children were abandoned by their mother when they were born because their mother was just a young migrant worker, couldn’t have a child before having a family. Dongguan is a place full of young migrant workers and also a hell for unwanted babies. These babies are left in the park, in the street, by the river, waiting to be picked up. Many of them are picked up by the beggar groups, who would feed the babies with milk for some time, then put in the streets with an adult pretending to be his/her disabled parent.

Mr. Xiuyong Wong had himself found a few abandoned babies himself when he was in Dongguan. He tried not to let the beggar groups know about that because those people would try to buy them or even steal them from him. He knew once the poor babies were in their hands what their fate would be like. No matter the baby is healthy or not, he/she would be cut into a disabled beggar. He knew that because he remembered what happened to a baby girl which was found by the head of the gang. She was just a few days old, left in a carbon box near a river. She was fed and looked after for about 3 months, then became a tool of money making. She was wrapped in a blanket, put on a mat with a plate in the street, a Ground Statement paper beside her little body says what a miserable life she is living in, and she desperately needs help…

An adult was watching her in a distance.

She was too young to be shaped into a disabled human. Mr. Xiuyong Wong said, other older babies of 2 or 3 years old weren’t so lucky. The evil beggar group head would broke their healthy legs without anesthetic and the baby would scream in such agony. The tools used to break their little legs include bricks, timber, etc. Those evil people would not take the babies to hospital to get treated of course. They let their legs become infected, and suppurate, because this kind of legs will be more profitable. And they can write on the Ground Statement that the baby’s family couldn’t afford to go to hospital and needed help.  So the little legs were intentionally kept suppurating all the time. If one day the head saw that the wound started to heal. He would use a little stick to knock on the fresh wound to make it suppurate again.

Dongguan used to have asylums, later they were transformed into more active salvation stations. But the numbers of beggars have not been reduced in the streets, because the beggar groups had learned to hide from the staff of salvation stations. This will not change unless the government agree to let the people know the truth, instead of hiding the dark side. If the government tells the people not to believe what they read on the Ground Statement, not to believe the babies are the children of the adult beggars on the side, not to give money to them, this beggar industry will not so profitable. The fact is, because most Chinese want to help those beggars and believe their money can help them, the profit has made it an industry. In some villages of Henan or Anhui Province, the entire family traveled to a city in Guangdong Province to run a beggar business including the children and grandparents. A captain of the villagers would bring multiple families to here to run a business without needing to hire outsiders which are less reliable. Of course their own kids will not be beggars. They are nicely dressed. The women are  nicely dressed and take care of the bank accounts and cash including wiring money to the other family members still staying in the villages. The men are responsible for dropping the disabled children in early morning at 5:00am at the gates of food market, waiting for the ladies/grandpas to come to buy food. These people are mostly kind and simple, believing their money could save the poor children’s lives. In the day the men are responsible for  moving the beggars to other better places in the city, staying with them and harvesting money from the plates. At lunch, the children will appear at the gates of the factories. Those workers are mostly from the countryside and are easily convinced to help with changes. At 5:00 PM, these men relocate the children to the night markets and the children will be left there begging until mid night, 2:00am for example because that’s the time most eaters will go home.  They are also responsible for threatening both the beggars and curious people of course.

Some children are over 5 years old, and they could try to contact their families, or find the police. To avoid this, these people would make sure they cannot talk, or become too scared to talk. The little babies are drugged to sleep in the street so that they do not make noise or cry for mommy. Mr. Xiuyong Wong said these babies are not likely to survive. When the beggar group head saw that one  little beggar is too sick to survive. He/she would be dumped in a garbage bin/pile. No one passing by would want to pick such a burden home to try to treat them.  Mr. Wong saw this happened in 2002. A 4-5 year old baby beggar was very sick, the head tried to extend his/her life but without spending much money. He would like the baby to be constantly sick for many years to make more money. Finally the baby is dying. He didn’t want to see the baby dying in his place so he dumped the baby in a river side park, even though the baby had been making money for him for 3 years and it was quite a fortune.

Almost all of the beggar groups Mr. Wong described are from two provinces: Henan and Anhui, which are both to the west of Shanghai and the south of Beijing. In China such criminal activities can be like an industry in a certain province. For example, most of the stowaway attempts take place in Fujian Province. And when Chinese sees a Xinjiang Ulghur people in the street, they will be warned by his friends to hold their wallets tightly. I personally have seen three young people from Fujian Province tried to get to the USA and Europe from Nepal using fake passports. And I have translated documents for a young girl from that province years ago who just relocated to my province Hunan before her application to the USA. Because everybody knows that people from certain provinces like Helongjiang and Fujian are more likely to be rejected to enter the USA by the embassy, so they invest in a fortune to relocate  and get registered in another city through buying an apartment, etc, to become a more qualified applicant. And yes I have my wallet stolen by a Xinjiang Ulghur man in the street of Changsha years ago, who was walking with a young Ulghur boy which was used to make the pair less suspicious. I still remember a shop owner in that street was laughing at me afterwards: “Hey, glasses boy. Your wallet is gone!” He couldn’t warn me at the time because he was worried that the pick-pockets gang would threaten him by ruining his shop.

Among the children, some 7-10 years old tend to be naughty or restless. Mr. Xiu saw such a boy was abused/beaten by the beggar group head really hard. The boy’s head was bumped into a rock on the ground and started to bleed. He asked the man who he knew to show mercy. That man wouldn’t listen and started to fight with him. Both men had drunk quite a bit, Mr. Wong stood up and went to the local police office. But the local police officer said to him: “This is none of our business, you are part of the beggar groups, mind your own business.” Mr. Wong had to leave.

He went to the local civil administration department of that town called Shjie, was told that he should go to the asylum which was managed by this department (Asylums were transformed into salvation stations one year later).  No government or police offices wanted to get involved.

Before such transformation and change of laws in 2003, the only solution was to catch the beggars and send them back to their hometowns, of course that didn’t work out well because most of them couldn’t survive in their hometowns. In 2003 the salvation stations started to provide help and a shelter instead of sending them back home, but the condition is the beggars need to walk to their stations at will. So many of the controlled beggars cannot enjoy this policy and get help. Other individual adult beggars like Mr. Xiuyong Wong does not need such salvation stations as they can make a almost decent living being in the street. So China still needs a better solution.

The Chinese people are willing to provide help but they cannot rely on or trust the government for obvious reasons. We have lost faith in charity organizations like Red Cross too because we now know that Red Cross is also very corrupted. A huge portion of the donation went to the pockets of the executives. I organized the villagers last year to donate warm clothes to the children in Tibet, but the person who is supposed to relay the 20 boxes of winter clothes to the Tibetan children living in a remote county only returned a text message: “I do not receive donation of clothes anymore.” That means they only receive donation of money and god knows how he is going to use the money. Later I read on the internet that all our donated clothes are sold in the street.

Phoenix TV’s conclusion: the issue of children beggar and abuse is caused by this: the government administrated charity groups for the right of women and children could get involved but they do not have the authority; the civil affairs department say they do not have the authority of law implement; the public security department/police have such authority but they say they need to be reported of any crime before they assign police officers to a case. Where are the procuratorate? you may ask. Well, I do not know. What I know is, the civil affairs department is the government who is supposed to solve the problem.

I was trying to locate the video. Somehow it is missing on Phoenix TV’s official website, but showed up on Youtube, for obvious reasons. The official website is open to the people in China but Youtube is blocked by the government.