It's getting colder, down to the 40's at night, sunny and nice during the day, if its not windy, high 65-degrees. I'm getting used to it.
Several times last week they were filming a movie at Tsinghua with the actor Wang Li Hong. (Leehom Wang) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leehom_Wang He is an American born Chinese singer-song writer, record producer actor and film director. He received classical training at Eastman School of Music, Williams College and Berkelee College of Music. He fuses Chinese opera and fold styles with R&B and is a four time winner of the Golden Melody Awards, the Taiwan 'Grammys.'
They had all the gear there, booms, giant reflectors, vans and truck and lots of security. Its a beautiful campus with buildings of all eras, I'm surprised they don't film here more often.
Feng and her 9 year old son Alex came over Sunday nite to hua hua with me. We painted lotus and rocks and water falls, practiced lines, cross hatches circles and little guppy fish.
I've been rising at 5am, sitting in my favorite chair in the living room looking east I watch the sunrise while drinking hong cha and writing. Zaoshang wo yibian hecha yibian xieshu.
Early morning rising before dawn only a faint hint of light in the sky to the east between the business park buildings. Facing the morning, I watch the color stealing through the black tree foliage in the hutong, pink to salmon to dark orange when the reveals in brilliant red gold.
One morning a big magpie in his black and white tuxedo plumage flew onto the window ledge and looked into my apartment while calling out 'caw caw.'
Tired golden brown leaves drop one by one off smooth white barked branches of magnolia denudata, leaving fuzzy buds of next year's flowers on the tips. Some leaves are still green, showing burnt brown edges where the sap is slowly draining away. Birds ate all the coral red berry fruit that hung in bunches along the branches all summer.
Not much blooming now. I was surprised to see these roses near my office. Although the tag said Rosa chinensis jacq. when I looked it up online it doesn't resemble the pink rose I found there.
Friday Dr's Monica and Sharon and I met for lunch. The first time in a long time it seemed. We had a lot to catch up on. Monica works in a key national laboratory. On the door of the building it says: Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology. She is a research scientist studying DNA.
For fun I took a picture on the door to my office: Office of Overseas Promotion.
It's getting colder, foggy/smoggy, heavy mist almost like rain. The melodious sound of a Chinese flute floated over the brown spent lotus foliage of the lotus pond shui mu qing hua. Workers are chipping bricks from a demolition project adjacent to the road and sewer work in our neighborhood.
Saturday Li and Eunice came to my apartment for another painting party. They are pictured next to their first huahua.
One thing I like to draw and paint are the grotesque rocks used to decorate the landscape here at Tsinghua, and other places. Many of the finest come from Tai Lake in Jiangsu Province. There are many accounts of emperors ordering fantastic rocks be delivered to the capitol. Men lost life and risked much to bring them in the old days. If you were the captain in of a rock delivery that fell into a schism you would run for the hills and become a bandit before returning in disgrace to the capitol.
This particular rock is in a small park between my office and the little coffee cafe I like. It has a marker rock that says: "TAIHU SHI"(太湖石).
Hui tou jian