Luoyang Tour – Day 1

Hi, I am back to my hometown, the place I grew up and one of the cities I am most familiar with (Shanghai is the other).

Industrial City

More than 50% of the city was built after 1949. The city quickly became an immigration city after the first 5 years of the New China. 10+ extremely huge factories were built in 5 years with millions of people migrating from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taiyuan and Shenyang. For example, the First Tractor Group employees 60,000 people and they came to the city together. The population of the city grows from 400,000 to 6 million quickly due the immigration. It is a piece of history hard to reproduce at any place in the world.

Look at the Jian Xi District, where most factories were built. There is still a lot of buildings reflecting the history. There are two statues of Chairman Mao in the city. Others have been pulled down in the last ten years.


© Jian Shuo Wang. The statue of Chairman Mao before the Luoyang No. 1 Tractor Factory

This statue was planned to be removed in the last decade but the factor workers gathered and protsted agaist the proposal. The deep feelings with Mao was still in their hearts. So it was kept at the gate of the Luoyang No. 1 Tractor Factory. I am very happy to see the statue is there. No mater whether it was a good idea to build up the same statue everywhere in the country, it is right to keep some sense of history and don’t destroy all at the same time.


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Above is another statue at the entrance of another factory in Luoyang. I got out of the taxi and took a picture with it (below):

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Beautiful City

I love the green tree covered streets in Luoyang. The streets are wide (relative to the current traffic volume) and beautiful. Look at the Zhong Zhou West Rd. in the picture below.

© Jian Shuo Wang. The Zhong Zhou West Rd.

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Below is one of my favorite road. The tall trees have formed a green cave and the cave for the single pass road. There is another “cave” for the lane to the opposite direction. The Xiyuan Rd. extended westward for several kilometers.

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Below is the tower of the Luoyang No. 1 Tractor Factory. I see people are very curious about the small white boxes on the wall. Your guess is right. They are Aircons. The Jianxi district of Luoyang is made up this Russian style buildings. You can find this kind of nice building along the long Zhouzhou West Road. They look very nice even in the recent years. The Aircons do deface the facade of the building.

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Luoyang was also infected by McDonald’s (virus) as any other cities.

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Accient Luoyang

Luoyang was the capital of more than 13 dynasties in China. Due to continuous wars, the old city has been almost removed from the horizontal. Recently, a gate was rebuilt according its original design. Here is the gate, Liing Gate (丽京门).

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Below is the West Street of the accident Luoyang city.

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Luoyang Railway Station

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P.S. This article was updated by Jian Shuo Wang on May 7, 2004. More description of the pictures were added.

Jinqiao Biyun International District

Besides Gubei Area in Hongqiao, there is another raising international district – Jinqiao Biyun International District. We visited the area today and were very impressed by the high quality of life there.

It is in Pudong, near the Yangpu Bridge, and very near to Zhang Jiang High Tech Park and Jinqiao Export Zone.


International District

As Jinqiao (or Golden Bridge) is a place with intensive foreign investment, many multi-national companies open their factories or R&D center there. There are many foreign area manager or employees working there. The Biyun district was designed to provide a comfortable living area for them. Large potation of the houses were bought or rented by foreigners.

In the 3 sq. km area, there are churches, hospitals, Carrefour, OBI, international schools and the China European International Business School (CEIBS).


© Jian Shuo Wang. Map of the area

© Jian Shuo Wang. The Biyun Sports Center, with very nice facilities – swimming pools, tennis courts…

© Jian Shuo Wang. My FIAT Siena before the community church.


© Jian Shuo Wang. The top of the church.


© Jian Shuo Wang. Business buildings

High cost of living

Good as the living condition it is, it is relatively more expensive to live there. An apartment with 80 sq. meters (two bed rooms, one living room) costs about 1200 USD. Some good 270 sq. meters apartment costs as high as 4000 USD, which is the best choice to GM of GE (according to local people).

This is much higher than the same apartment in downtown already.

Kodak Digital Image Printing Kiosk

Last night, I saw a new Kodak kiosk at the east gate of Metro City. It provides self-service for customers with digital cameras.

Basically, it support almost all media currently available on market. Here is he picture of the IO part of the kiosk.


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As you can see from the picture, it support blue tooth, SM, CF/MD, SD/MMC, XD, Memory Stike/MSPRO, IrDA, 3” Disk and CD. Wow! I would say, the only media that it does not suport is a USD port, that movable hard disk or laptop can output pictures into the magic yellow box.


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It can print out 6” picture. It provide some basic image processing functions, like rotate, coloring, frame. It can also burn a CDR of all the files on your digital camera media (MemoryStick or CF card).

It may be very good service for backpackers to Shanghai. If they don’t bring laptops with them, and their small MemoryStike or CF card is full, they can insert the card into card area and burn a CD on it. No computer needed.

I tried to insert the MemoryStike of my Sony P8 into the window. The green light above the MemoryStike flashes and I can use the touch screen to perform all the tasks. There was a very helpful guy explaining how the machine works. He predicted that the Credit Card module will be installed very soon, so he don’t have to standby to receive cash. People can completely help themselves to print color pictures or burn picture CDs.

It is on display at the Metro City East Gate (the gate to Metro Tower) for one month. I believe it is a marketing research to test the reaction of the Chinese market. I hope this kind of machine will be popular in Shanghai soon.

BTW, a 6” photo costs 5 RMB and a CD burning operation costs 15 RMB.

P.S. I am uploading this blog entry via Sony Ericsson GC75 at home.