The Sichuan Photographers’ Diary

November 9th - 18th 2011

November 9th
6:30pm: Welcoming Dinner co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture and the People’s Government of Sichuan Province.

November 10th
9.00am: Briefing Meeting with curator and Organizing Committee members.
10:30 am: The Start Ceremony.
14:30pm-17:50pm: Science Museum and Fule Mountain Scenery Park, Mianyang City, which has a 2,200 year-old history and is noted for its beautiful scenery, long history, and deep cultural roots.

November 11th
7:00pm-12:00: Cultural Square, Wetland park, Taiping bridge, Sisters bridge, Xiaoba Town, An County Wetland Park: The wetland park was built with the help of Liaoning Province. It also brought the new concept of environmental protection to local people.
Taiping bridge: The stone bridge was built in 1799.
Sisters bridge: Two parts of covered bridge linked by natural stone.
Xiaoba Town: The old town was on the earthquake zone. It was impossible to restore or reconstruct. Now the new town is in a separate location.
14:00pm-17:00pm: Shangzao Middle School, Qinglong village, Changgou village.

November 12th
8:30am-11:50: Industry Zone, Welfare Center, Cultural Center
13:30pm-18:00: Old Beichuan Earthquake Site, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County. Beichuan was among the most severely hit of all disaster regions following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, including the Beichuan High School campus, where more than 1,000 students lost their lives when the two main buildings collapsed. 80% of the county's buildings were destroyed.

November 13th
7:00am- 12:00: New Beichuan County seat (Hospital, Administration Center, Eco-agricultural industry)
14:00pm- 18:00pm: Banacha Business Street, Cultural Center, Arts Center, Protection Center of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Qiang Culture. Banacha, which means bazaar in Qiang ethnic language, Cultural Center, Arts Center, and the library, which was constructed with funding and help from Macau.
19.30pm-20.00pm: 30 cultural activities of local people.

November 14th
8:20am-12:00: New Bechuan High School. Building a school invulnerable to earthquakes has become a top priority. Huang Hui, a well-known architect at the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and a key figure in the reconstruction program, went to Japan and Taiwan to study their own post-earthquake restoration work.

The new Beichuan Middle School is also considered symbolic, representing the grief, memory and hope of the society that endured the catastrophe.

Jina Qiang Village. Situated at the southern end of Beichuan County of Sichuan Province, Maoershi village is a small ethnic Qiang village famous for its unique stone castles and watchtowers. Out of 71 such household buildings in the village, 69 collapsed in the 8.0-magnitude earthquake. But just half a year later, all the collapsed buildings have been rebuilt in their original locations and the 69 families have been moved back into a complete new Qiang village. Meanwhile, a new name has been created for the lovely village: Jina Qiang Community - Jina is the name of the most beautiful goddess in Qiang folklore.

12:00-17:00pm: Shiyi Qiang Village. Qiang’s welcoming ceremony, the protection and heritance of Qiang’s folk culture, wedding ceremony, Qiang embroidery, Qiang’s architecture, villagers’ living environment

November 15th
8:30am-12:00: Qing Liang Town, Libai Memorial Hall, Jiangyou City.
Jiangyou is noted for its beautiful scenery, long history, and deep cultural roots. It is the homeland of the greatest romantic poet Li Bai (701-762, of Tang dynasty).
14:00pm-17:00pm: Charity Hospital, Charity School

November 16th
9:00am-12:00: Jiangyou City. Niufei Village of Pingtong Town: A restored and reconstructed town for Qiang ethnic people. The workshop of Corn Liquor, the Qiang embroidery workshop industry, Zouma Qiang Village, Xiangye Tea Factory and the Township Cultural Station.
13:30pm -16:30pm: Nanba Town, Nanba High School, Jiangyou Guan.
Guan means Gate. 1800 years ago, Sichuan was a kingdom called Shu and Jiangyou Guan was the Gate to the North.

November 17th
8:30am- 11.30pm: Baima Tibetan Village, Puwu County. Bama Tibetan is a subgroup of Tibetans living in the southeast of Gansu province and the northwest of Sichuan province of China, especially in Pingwu County.
14:00pm-16:00pm: Bao’en Temple, one of the country's most well preserved 15th century Buddhist monastery complexes in China.