southwest-china

The next time Grandpa grumbles about having to walk uphill to school every day, whip out this pic and show his ass what “uphill” truly looks like.

What you’re seeing above is the single route to get to Atuler, a clifftop village in southwest China. What you’re also seeing is children as young as six years old making the nearly half-mile ascent home via treacherous paths and that rickety-ass wooden ladder. It’s as scary as it looks; a reporter dispatched to the village reportedly burst into hysterical tears while attempting the climb (admittedly, tears are one of several liquids we’d burst into, were we to try). Meanwhile, the village’s schoolchildren regularly and fearlessly pull off this 90-minute reenactment of Cliffhanger, with heavy book bags in place of Stallone’s weighty pecs.

Atuler is home to a mere 72 families, most of whom make their living farming chili peppers. Though by the villagers’ own tally, they’ve “only” tragically lost seven or eight of their number to the murderous, greedy hand of gravity, many more have been horrifically injured by falls, and this combined with recent media attention spurred the Chinese government to make the climb safer. They did so by replacing the homemade (and oft-rotted) wooden ladder with a much sturdier (but equally terrifying) metal one, because no one ever said that safety couldn’t be accompanied by shitted pants.

The 6 Most Terrifying Morning Commutes In The World

Foodie Friday: Josh’s Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Note: I was taught to cook by feel as I grew up. As a result, many of my own recipes lack measurements. Adjust the recipe as you see fit in order to match your own preferences and tastes!

Ingredients:
-Mushrooms (I used baby portobellos, but any hearty, stuffable mushroom should do)
-Olive Oil
-Finely diced onion
-thinly sliced garlic
-chopped walnuts
-chopped sundried tomatoes (omitted from the pictured dish - my boyfriend isn’t a fan of tomato)
-chopped parsley
-vegan parmesan cheese
-brown jasmine rice
-star anise
-cinnamon stick
-salt
-pepper

1) Heat up a dry saute pan over medium heat and add the star anise and cinnamon. Toast until aromatic, then remove from heat.

2) Add washed rice and water to a pot or rice cooker, add the star anise and cinnamon, and cook until done and fluffy.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit).

4) Remove the stems from the mushrooms and reserve them. Brush the mushroom caps on both sides with olive oil, sprinkle the insides with salt and pepper, and then place them bottom-up in a baking dish. Dice up the stems and reserve for the filling.

5) Over medium heat, heat up some olive oil until it shimmers. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent, then add the garlic and cook until it goes soft and fragrant (keep an eye on it… nobody likes burnt garlic!)

6) Add the diced mushroom stems and cook until browned. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley, walnuts, tomatoes, parmesan, and rice (remove the cinnamon stick and star anise). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

7) Fill each mushroom cap with stuffing and bake for about 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are brown and soft. Cover the pan with foil if the stuffing begins to burn.

Garnish with a little more vegan parmesan and serve hot! These are great as an appetizer, light entree, or even as a little snack. To give them a little extra acidity, serve them with a red wine vinaigrette!

Magical Ingredient!

I don’t often cook vegan. My family’s culinary traditions are very much so meat based, and as a result, nearly every dish I make has at least one meat item. However, my boyfriend and I have a friend of ours who periodically stays with us, who is vegan. Though he doesn’t mind cooking his own food, I do like to cook some sort of meal for the three of us when he comes into town as a sort of celebration. As such, I get the pleasant challenge of cooking vegan!

One would think that my choice for a magical ingredient in this dish would be the rice, mushrooms, or the nuts (which lend a very nice texture, so if you’re balking at adding it to the stuffing, give it a try… I promise you that the mouthfeel is very interesting). However, it’s none of these. Instead, it’s the star anise that was added to season the rice.

Not everyone has this spice sitting in their kitchen. In fact, many people are unfamiliar with the benefits star anise has when it comes to both cooking and magic. However, between its delicate licorice flavor and its ability to comfort the stomach and aid in digestion has earned it quite a reputation in Asian cuisine, and its beautiful shape has allowed it to become a gorgeous garnish in many cuisines.

Star anise comes from an evergreen tree native to Vietnam and southwest China, called Illicium verum. The seeds are harvested and dried just prior to ripening, kept in their star shaped pod. They’re a primary ingredient in Five Spice blend, and the oils are frequently extracted for their strong licorice scent. 

In medicine, star anise is used for a variety of ailments, including stomach upset, flu, bronchitis, and rheumatism. Traditionally it’s burned as an incense or added to food, but the presence of shikimic acid in the pods allowed star anise to become of importance to the modern medicine industry. As a result, the acid is extracted from the seed pods for the use in modern flu treatments.

The culinary uses for star anise are varied, but the most common use is adding it to broth or stock for its flavor (those of you who’ve been following me for a while may remember my recipe for mushroom chicken ramen a while back… I’ve since taken to adding star anise to the broth anytime I make it both because of the flavor and because it makes the ramen a bit easier on the stomach). However, its uses aren’t limited to broths and stocks. 

Star anise is used in mulled wine, as well as in coffee (trust me… allow a pod to steep in your coffee - the flavors combine beautifully, and do so more fully each time you reuse the pod). Though one of the ways in which we indulge in this spice most often is in the form of masala chai.

This beautiful little spice continues to be used in other products ranging from mouthwash and toothpaste to massage oils and skin creams. It seems there’s very little that it can’t do!

In magick, anise most definitely has its uses! The most frequent one I’ve seen is carrying it whole or wearing it as a necklace for luck. However, in Hoodoo, the pod can also be placed under the pillow to allow one to dream of another person far away. It’s added to mojo bags, hands, poppets, and witch bags and jars for luck as well. When a person sleeps with it under his or her pillow, it’s said to stave off nightmares, as well.

When powdered and burned as an incense, star anise helps to heighten psychic awareness and clairvoyance, and can be of great help during meditations.

In my practice, star anise is used for luck and dreams as above, but I also use it for healing and encouraging deeper spirituality. Its star shape reminds me of tarot as well, so I also enjoy keeping it on hand for divination.

Consider the different ways star anise can add its flavors, aromas, and magic to your craft. Though it seems an odd little spice, it packs quite a punch - a punch that any witch or cook can definitely make use of!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

Y'know what interests me a lot? The worldtour chosen children of 02

noticed a p cool coincidence while watching an adventure episode actually

so you’ve got yourself these moments

Here we see Meramon appearing in the Southeast Asia area, and the Yukidarumon appearing in Northern America

Fast forward to 02 and we’ve got these partners

Mina & Meramon from India

and Steve & Yukidarumon from America(New York specifically)

there is a pretty Big flaw in these one of these coincidences ((and my initial thought being that they saw their future partners on the same 8/1/1999 date though))

specifically I mean Mina, she’s from India, and the border that she was waiting at during this episode was actually Southwest of China, whereas the Meramon from adventure was probably somewhere around Vietnam or Laos (remember that the original tv meramon was “sighted” at the southeast asia border)

so that quickly flopped over

but! Then we have this exchange early on in the same 02 episode that probably helps in Steve’s case

This could mean a whole bunch of things actually

Could it mean some kids met their partners earlier on? Probably!

Does it mean that the same Yukidarumon Taichi saw on tv was the same one that would eventually be partnered up with Steve? Prooooobably not, probably yes, we’ll honestly never really know but its a nice thought that everybody was finding their partners at separate times.

And c'mon, A younger Steve going out while its snowing and finding himself a huge snowman and discovering its alive so he decides to be its friend

now thats flippin adorable

Where Children Sleep

“As a child, that’s your little space within the house," said James Mollison, a Kenyan-born, England-raised, Venice-based photographer whose 2011 photo book, Where Children Sleep draws attention to a child’s "material and cultural circumstances” and offers a remarkable view on class, poverty, and the diversity of children around the world.

“I hope the book gives a a glimpse into the lives some children are living in very diverse situations around the world; a chance to reflect on the inequality that exists, and realize just how lucky most of us in the developed world are," said Mollison.

Nine-year-old Dong shares a room with his parents, sister and grandfather in the province of Yunnan in southwest China. His family owns just enough land to grown their own rice and sugar cane.

Eight-year-old Alyssa lives in a small house in Kentucky, heated only by a wooden stove. Alyssa’s father works at Walmart and mother works at McDonald’s.

Unable to go to school, Alex spends his days begging on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and sleeping on whatever he can find at night — an empty bench, an old sofa, or the pavement.

Living with her parents in a small apartment in Tokyo, 4-year-old Kaya’s bedroom looks like every little girl’s dream room. All of Kaya’s dresses are made by her mother — who makes up to three a month — and she has 30 dresses, coats, pairs of shoes, sandals and boots, and multiple wigs.

Prena, a 14-year-old domestic worker in Kathmandu, Nepal works 13-hour days as a domestic worker, earns $6.50 a month, and sleeps in a tiny, cell-like space at the top of her employer’s house. She goes to school three times a week and dreams of one day becoming a doctor.

Living with 13 other women in a tea house in Kyoto, Japan, 15-year-old Risa is a ”maiko“ — an apprentice geisha. She sleeps with five other women in a room that doubles as a dining room and a tea room.

Living in a top-floor apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York, 9-year-old Jaime likes to play the cello, kickball, and study his finances on the Citibank website. His parents also own luxury homes in the Hamptons and Spain. 

An orphan and refugee from war in Liberia, this 9-year-old anonymous boy goes to school in Ivory Coast for ex-child soldiers and lives in a concrete shack with some of his classmates.

Often accompanying his father on hunts, 11-year-old Joey owns two shotguns and a cross bow and made his first kill, a deer, at age seven. He lives with his parents and older sister in Kentucky and "is hoping to use his crossbow during the next hunting season as he has become tired of using a gun.”

Living with her parents, brother and sister near Kathmandu in Nepal, 7-year-old Indira works at a local granite quarry where she has worked at since she was 3. She also attends school and shares a mattress with her siblings. Their house has one room, one bed and one mattress.

Four-year-old Jasmine (“Jazzy”) lives in a big house in Kentucky with her parents and three brothers. Her room is filled with crowns and sashes that she won in beauty pageants. Having entered more than 100 competitions so far, Jazzy enjoys being treated like a princess and would like to be a rock star when she grows up.

Ryuta is a champion sumo wrestler and has been competing for seven years. He lives in Tokyo with his parents and younger sister and is also a member of the boy scout movement.

This 4-year-old Romanian boy sleeps with his family on a mattress in a field on the outskirts of Rome. After begging for money to pay for tickets, his family came from Romania by bus. With no identity papers, his parents clean windscreens at traffic lights since they cannot obtain legal work. None of his family members have ever been to school.

Living in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14-year-old Erlen is pregnant for the third time. She usually sleeps on the floor but her mother has swapped places and allowed her to sleep on the bed during the later stages of her pregnancy. Erlen was 12 and 13 years old during her previous pregnancies, but lost both babies shortly after their births. If her new baby survives, she will be a single parent and will have to drop out of school.

Six-year-old Bilal’s family are Bedouin Arabs living in a one-room shack they built themselves besides an Israeli settlement at Wadi Abu Hindi in the West Bank. Bilal does not go to school yet but helps take care of his family’s 15 goats. 

Nantio is a member of the Rendille tribe and lives with her two brothers and two sisters in a tent-like dome made from cattle hide and plastic, with little room to stand, in Lisamis, Kenya. She went to the village school for a few years but decided not to continue and is hoping a “moran” (warrior) will select her for marriage.

Eight-year-old Roathy’s home sits on a rubbish dump swarming with flies on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he sleeps on a mattress made from old tires. At 6 a.m. every morning, Roathy and  hundreds of other children are given a shower and breakfast at a local charity center before he starts work — scavenging for plastic bottles and cans, which are then sold to a local recycling company. Breakfast is sometimes the only meal of the day.

Rhiannon lives with her parents and brother in a terraced house in Darel, Scotland, in an area plagued with heroin addiction and gang violence. She and her family have become used to abusive behavior from people in the neighborhood. Sporting a mohawk like her parents’ ever since she was six, Rhiannon and her family and friends are part of a punk subculture and have formed a community of support where they all look out for each other.

Giant pandas at a conservation and research centre in Ya’an, southwest China’s Sichuan province. A pilot scheme to build a giant, cross-provincial panda national park has been approved that would unite more than 80 fragmented habitats.

Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

Peacock dance 孔雀舞

The peacock dance 孔雀舞 is one of the most wide-spread ancient dances of the Dai ethnic group in Yunnan Province on the southwest border of China. Tropical weather and nature have nourished the Dai people’s tradition and culture. They share their land with creatures of great variety. The beauty and kindness of the peacock inspires the Dai culture to a great extent and the Dai consider the peacock as a Goddess that can bring them peace and happiness. They pray for peace and happiness with graceful peacock dancing.

Culture

The peacock dance is the best-loved dance of the Dai. To the Dai the peacock is a symbol of good luck, happiness, beauty and honesty, so to perform this dance is to present a eulogy of and express good wishes for a happy life. It is mostly performed on the New Year (Water-splashing Festival) of the Dai calendar, at the Gate Closing Festival, the Gate Opening Festival and some important religious events.

History

The Dai, known for their singing and dancing skills, worship the peacock. The peacock is a precious bird in the sub-tropical zone. It is beautiful and tame. To the Dai ethnic group, it stands for auspiciousness and beauty. The Peacock Dance reflects their respect for peace, honesty, water and beauty. The Dai people believe in Hinayana. In the scripture, the Peacock Rajas (Bright King) is a Bodhisattva flying on a peacock, with a lotus and a peacock tail in hand. Therefore, the Dai people love peacocks, tame peacocks and dance the Peacock Dance.

According to folk custom, the peacock dance used to be performed by men. They had to shoulder heavy props such as wings, therefore, their actions were restrained. Breaking through the boundaries of tradition, the creators tried to display the peacock’s beauty by giving the part to women. They got rid of the heavy wings and they wore long broad skirts decorated with peacock feathers.

Movements

The movements of the dance are quite diverse, the movements in the dance copy the movements of a peacock. The most common hand gestures include tucking the thumb under with the four fingers extended close together, the “peacock hand” (the thumb slightly tucked, the index finger bent and the other three fingers spread in a fan shape), and the “eye” gesture (the thumb and index finger close to each other and the other three fingers spread in a fan shape to imitate the shape of an eye). The dance steps include tiptoeing and undulating steps such as kicking one foot backward toward the hip, stepping back, then stretching and bending the other leg in rhythm.

source: arts.culturalchina 

This unique geological sight is known as Danxia landform. The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China.

Danxia landform is formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form Danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called “pseudo-karst” landforms.

The golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is an Old World monkey in the Colobinae subfamily. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. They inhabit these mountainous forests of Southwestern China at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m above sea level.Snow occurs frequently within its range and it can withstand colder average temperatures than any other non-human primates.  Photograph by Stephen Belcher.

          “     ACTUALLY     ———-     “     he  takes  a  breath   ;   slender  digits  will  rip  open  sugar  packets,   one  by  one,   dumping  each  into  cup  of  steaming  hot  liquid   —–   one,   two,   three,   four   …   he’s  counting,   of  course  he’s  counting,   but  he  doesn’t  stop.     “     while  the  first  chocolate  beverage  was  pioneered  by  the  maya  up  to  three - thousand  years  ago  and  was  initially  served  cold,   and  tea  is  thought  to  have  originated  in  southwest  china  as  a  medicinal  drink  during  the  shang  dynasty   —–   coffee  is  said  to  have  been  discovered  by  herders  in  ethiopa,  circa  800AD,   if  legend  is  to  be  believed  after  witnessing  the  bean’s  stimulating  effects  on  their  goats.     

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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

The P-40 played a critical role with Allied air forces in three major theaters: North Africa, the Southwest Pacific, and China. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of low cost, which kept it in production as a ground-attack aircraft long after it was obsolete as a fighter.
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The P-40’s lacked a two-speed supercharger which made it inferior to Luftwaffe fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or the Focke-Wulf FW 190 in high-altitude combat and it was rarely used in operations in Northwest Europe. 

However, between 1941 and 1944, the P-40 played a critical role with Allied air forces in three major theaters: North Africa, the Southwest Pacific, and China. It also had a significant role in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Alaska, and Italy

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Sanrun Mining Co.   Industry / Location Manganese mining and refinement facility / Chongqing, China   Scope of work Visual Identity / Brand collateral design / Print management   Chongqing is a municipality in Southwest China famous for it’s highly developed industry and the Three Gorges Dam located near by. There you will find Sanrun owned mine recognised for excavating, processing and distribution of manganese.   We were entrusted with a task of designing a visual identity reflecting the industry’s profile and inducing modern expression. Three central shapes found in the Sanrun sign echo three areas of activity and relate to both the distinctive shape of an opencast mine, and the manganese alloy’s colour shine visible in cross section of a split ore block.
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Chongqing, a city sitting in southwest China and renowned for its humidity and spicy food, was shrouded in visional advection fog, which made the city look like a charming fairyland.  Advection fog forms mostly in winter or spring, when warm, moist and stable air is blown across a cooler surface. The air temperature falls until the dew point is reached and condensation occurs.