Everybody's playing the new hit game in Asia -- Spot the Crane!
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Yes, it was a dead giveaway. It's the guy in the plain, light-colored shirt.
 
 
I draw your attention to the woman's shoulders in the photo below.  She's a staffer at USTC in Hefei, and it may appear she's been attacked by some Star Trekish creature with tentacles and suction cups. But no, this is part of Chinese medicine. In almost any massage business, there's a technique called "cupping." It's unclear to me what it's supposed to accomplish, but in one form of it, hot cups are placed on body parts, which leave very red welts for days. In the case below, it was suction cupping, in which, just as it sounds, large hickies were left on her back.
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I worked as an editor in Shenzhen, China, for more than a year. It's located right across the border from Hong Kong. I took the picture below when I visted there recently. Question: What is the purpose of the subject in the photo?

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As promisted earlier, here are photos from a long weekend trip to Yellow Mountain in Anhui Province with my girlfriend. Named for the color of the granite that makes up most of the range, Yellow Mountain is one of the most famous scenic spots in China. If you're Chinese, you expect to go there at least once in your life. It's known for its strange rock formations, sea of clouds, pine trees and Tibetan macaque monkeys. (We didn't see any monkeys but plenty of the other sights.) We took a cable car up and down in order to see as much as possible on top. Otherwise, the walk up is about four hours. At which time exhaustion will drive you to throw yourself off a cliff.

This was probably the most exhausting sightseeing I've done in China, and I've been to a lot of places. Many miles of paths have been bolted to the side of the mountain peaks. Some are virtual ladders (the longest and steepest is called Heaven's Ladder). For more photos, click on Read More.
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A view down from the cable car.
 
 
USTC has finally posted several stories about my lectures at the school. Better late than never. Then again, given the quality of writing, perhaps better never. Click on these links to see the stories:

Foreign Expert Olson Invited to Make Academic Report on U.S. Transportation

Professor Olson Lectured in the Training for the Potential Services and Employment in International Organizations

Professor Wyatt Olson Presented Lecture on Protecting Creativity
(Note: The article at this link has an incorrect headline.)
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The foreign expert referred to above.