Thursday, December 15, 2011


The North Gate is the most visible of the four major gates located along the cardinal points as it is in front of the Xian main railway station the main arrival point to Xian. The ancient wall was first built during the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907).
The wall was enlarged & fortified by the first Ming Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang who reigned from 1368 to 1398.

The South Gate is the most well maintained of the four major gates of Xian located on the cardinal points of the ancient city wall of Xian. Tourist buses are found every day at the foot of the Gate.

The South Gate in all her splendour & glory brightly & beautifully lit against the night sky.

The South Gate at dusk.

The East Gate.

The West Gate. This Gate is the closest to the Gu Lou or Drum Tower which lies along Xi Dajie (West Main Street).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Who Are The Chinese? A DVD Video produced by Reggie Lee.

Chinese Cultural Practices, namely, the Family altar, the zongxi (chung in Cantonese or bakchang in Fujian) & the moon cake during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

"Return To Your God" is an attempt by CH Kang & Ethel Nelson in their book "The Discovery of Genesis" to link ancient Chinese to knowledge of the God of Abraham. They claim the Chinese characters reveal that ancient Chinese created characters with knowledge of biblical creation stories.

Why three joss/candles & three cups on the Taoist altar?

The Jesuit missionary who was in China from 1582 to 1610 when he died in Beijing. Ricci could speak & read Chinese. He was known for his appreciation of Chinese culture & Confucian values. He used them to explain Christianity.

Kangxi, the fourth Qing Emperor. Could there ever be a Chinese emperor who had come so close to tolerating Christianity or even to becoming a true believer of Christ himself? Historians continue to debate on discovery of historical facts unearthed.