Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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'We don't even wake up for less than $10,000 dollars / 75,000RMB a day!' says, Linda Evangelista, a famous fashion model. Recently, the former Director of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), Jack Valenti was quoted as saying, 'If I die…' What colossal temerity these people have, examples of what's wrong with the egomanical life in 'madernity!'

Of course, Jack Valenti died. Additionally, dear Linda, a Chinese family could live well for one entire year on 75,000RMB. There are people starving to death, but you won't even get out of bed for less than $10,000U.S.

Ever wonder what's wrong with contemporary 'modern' life? Capitalism seems to bring out the worst in people! The foregoing just two examples!

Yesterday, Sunday, we cranked up Bei Shan again, this time with our good friend, Liu Zhi Gong. There were four of us, me, XTR, 'Jerry' and Mr. Liu. The goal was to show Mr. Liu, the building/property I hope is www.haaqi.com's future home.

Of course, no problem for me and XTR (going up the 7KM), but 'Jerry' and Mr. Liu, had more of a challenge. 'Jerry,' was ahead of me, but then near the top faltered. He had gone too fast, too early (always the mistake of the inexperienced). XTR stayed behind with Mr. Liu, and it took them another 45 minutes before they appeared at the parking lot at the top.

Again, people think they can drink/smoke, do no physical exercise, and then just go ride a bicycle to the top of Bei Shan one day! No doubt Mr. Liu suffered.

Up at the top we ran into a group who had brought kites, and XTR managed to get them all flying. One thing I like about XTR, he'll try anything! After many failures (little wind), he managed to get all three of their kites flying. 'Jerry' and I videotaped.

Afterwards, XTR and Mr. Liu rode their bikes around the hill. 'Jerry' put up the hammock and took a nap. I ate peanuts and meditated in the sun.

Then we videotaped me and Mr. Liu talking about the building, and my vision of what it might become. This to present to the Qinghai Government as this a big deal and we need their blessing. (Note: You can't go to the toilet in China without asking the Government's permission!) We will edit this into a five-minute 'piece,' make a DVD of and present to them as a part of our 'package.' Depending on how they respond we would decide what is possible! The capital investment in the property is something like 10 million RMB / $1 million U.S., so no small proposition.

I had written a proposal including my vision of the Bei Shan Institute of culture, arts and music' which had been translated into Chinese. Mr. Liu read it which we recorded:

北山艺术、音乐和文化学院
BEI SHAN INSTITUTE OF ARTS, MUSIC AND CULTURE
---F.A. Hutchison (西宁哈齐文化信息咨询服务有限公司) www.haaqi.com
Proposed by F.A. Hutchison / www.haaqi.com

I have a dream, a visionary idea for www.haaqi.com (Chinese name)! It has to do with Bei Shan, and a abandoned building at the very top. It is just 100 meters north of the Roman Garden. I first glimpsed it when Xu Tan and I were through XiNing last November, 06. We had cycled to the top with our friend Wang Qing He.
我有一个梦想,是对www.haaqi.com(西宁哈齐文化信息咨询服务有限公司)的一个远景看见。这个远景与北山有关。北山是在山顶闲置着的一栋楼,它距离罗马花园向北100米。我在去年11月6日和徐谭从那里经过的时候第一次瞥见它。那时我们与我们的朋友王青河一同骑车上了山顶。


Recently I cycled up there alone, and got a closer look at this building, an abandoned hotel. The location would be perfect for what I have in mind: An institute, academy, production center/business, living quarters, restaurant, theater, and exhibition hall. Of course, this is a very large and expensive proposition! But, my vision includes bringing people from around the world to study, perform, and help promote Qinghai Province--they will come to a facility like I have in mind! Of course, we can't accomplish this grand idea without the 'blessing' of the Qinghai Government.
最近我独自一人骑车上山更仔细地观看了这幢楼。原来这是一幢闲置着的旅馆。这个地点非常符合我心里所想的:一所院校、一个制作中心、生活区、饭店、剧院和一个展览厅。当然,这是一个非常大的建议!然而我的远景看见是将全世界各地的人带到这里来学习、演出并且能够借此帮助推广青海省,因为我相信他们会非常愿意到这样的一个地方!当然,我们要完成这样一个大的概念是离不开青海省政府的“祝福”。

But, good news! It's current title holder ('owner') wants out of his contract with the Qinghai Government, according to some research Chen Xing Zhi (on our 'Board') has done for us. Additionally, there are recommendations to pursue help from two Government agencies: the Provincial Development and Reform Commission, and the National Forest Administration.
但是,有个好消息!根据最近我们的董事陈星之为我们调查了关于这栋楼的具体情况,楼主有意向推出与政府签订的合同。另外,也有建议需要政府机关的两个方面的帮助:省发展和改革委员会和国家林业局。

Some other information I've included from Mrs. Chen report:
以下是陈星之先生的报告:

The 'fixed assets' of the property amount to 10 million RMB, including the 2,000 square-meter hotel building (plans for 70 to 80 'beds'). I don't know what value this building has now, as been empty for so many years? Who knows, it might be better to tear down, and start over?

总固定资产为1千万人民币,其中包括2000平方米的旅馆大楼(设计可容纳70-80个床)。由于这个楼已经闲置很多年了,我也不太清楚现在这幢大楼的价值?这个也很难说清楚,说不定把这栋楼拆了再重建是个更加好的主意呢?

The total property amounts to six acres. Construction of the hotel was begun in 1993, but the developer ran out of money before it was completed. It's been abandoned since, and in a state of disrepair (falling down).
房产总占地面积有6英亩。开发商从1993年开始动工,但是由于资金短缺未能完工。这栋楼就这么一直被闲置着,处于快倒的状况。

For a time it was administered by the Qinghai Government.
后来又一段时间由青海政府接管这栋楼。

In 2001, a businessman from Haixi signed a contract with the Qinghai Government to develop the property. He invested 200,000RMB, but has failed to make the property 'pay.' Thus, after so many years he wants out of the contract.
2001年一个从海西来的商人与青海政府签订了开发此房产的合同。他投资了20万元人民币,但是投资没有收回。所以,过了这么多年后他想退出合同。

I see this as a huge opportunity for www.haaqi.com (Chinese name). With this property/project ('Bei Shan Institute of Art, Music and Culture) we can attract national attention, the kind we need to advance our business to an international level!
我觉得这对www.haaqi.com (西宁哈齐文化信息咨询服务有限公司)是个巨大的商机。这个“北山艺术、音乐和文化学院”房产项目会吸引全国的注意力,用来帮助推动我们的事业到达一个国际化的层面。

Of course, I don't personally have the money to develop. We will have to get help from the Qinghai Government and a mortgage from a bank (paid back monthy, etc.).
当然,我个人没有资金来开发。我们必须得到青海政府的帮助和银行贷款。

But, whatever 'deal' we're able to strike benefits all! I can envision a time when the president of China comes for a visit, as we will have helped develop the cultural
aspects of Qinghai Province.
但是,不论怎么样这将会是个多赢的机会!我可以想象当中国国家主席来到这里考察时的情形。到那时在我们的帮助下,青海省在文化方面已经得到了进一步的提升。

And yet another (video) project to complete! But, Bei Shan… Having the Institute up on this hill overlooking XiNing, the perfect situation to bring artists and musicians from around the World.

How did I get myself so enmeshed in all of this, so stupid of me--too much? I've always had such grandiose ideas! Ah, the folly of human ambition!

It was a delightful time on Bei Shan, however, at least for me as is quiet. I love it up there. But, after so many hours they wanted to go (youth always needing movement) so we headed down to XiNing. The sky had cleared after a morning storm (most unusual) and we had a nice view of XiNing (no pollution).

XTRicha went ahead and 'shot' us gliding down the 'switchback' road (the circuit from beginning to end 13KM). It's quite a ride down, as one mis-step and you're liable to be 'airborne,' and 'outta here!' There are no guard railings.

At the bottom I lead the group to a restaurant I'd wanted to investigate having passed months before. At first glance it looked inviting, but later after partaking I'd wished I might have known. The food was less than great, and next to us a some drunk men (very popular for Chinese men to do such: they rarely socialize with wives)! Oh well, the table and the setting sun compensated somewhat.

Afterwards we checked out the Tibetan Buddhist temple up the hill. 'Jerry' said it's called 'Bei Shan Temple.' I noticed meditation caves up on the face of cliffs above.

By then, however, we were all ready to 'call it a day!'

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