My room - Fresh fruit and bottled water were delivered daily!
Fire Safety was emphasized in the hotel!2 fire escape masks were in my closetand a fire extinguisher was next to my When you turn on the TV, there is adresser. There were also fire safety detailed fired safety video includingmessages on the elevator monitors. I this scene of people escaping a fire.was expecting the weather forecast!
Book ATM- Book vending machine. You can check out and check in books using your library card.
Outside Reading area - Magazines andnewspapers were located outside on a patio for patrons to enjoy!
24 Hour Self Service - When the library is closed, patrons can access the 24 Hour Library by scanning their library card. There is a self check out and check in machine for their use. They exit by scanning their card and checked out books.
Posters advertising library programs. –There were no paper program fliers or brochures, all programs were listed on these posters adjacent to library entrance.
Dongguan Library - This is the central stairway in the 5 story atrium. They left doors and windows open. Fresh air in the library! The first floor also included: • Information desk • Library Book Store (the library publishes their own books!) • Commercial Space – currently being rented to an English language school • Art Exhibition Space
Dongguan Library - Art Exhibition SpacePhotographeris rolling hiscamera onrails todocumentpart of theirArt of Bookexhibit.
Comic Library Room - This was a separate room for comics, graphic novels, manga, and anime.
Children’s Librarians – My Chinese colleagues.Note the cell phones in their hands, they love their phones more than we do!
Dongguan Library Children’s Room – Note the open door to the outside!
Dongguan Library Children’s Room - Computer Area for children
Dongguan Library Toy Room - This is an enclosed room where children can play on a soft foam floor. Toy cabinet is located behind the desk.
Dongguan Children’s Room - This is the area wherethe Librarians teach children etiquette. The library has also published a book to go along with this program. It covers all kinds of social and family situations.
Dongguan Library - Book Swap room – bring a book, take a book.
Dongguan Library - The Electronic Reading Room. This roomhad Internet computers and DVDs that could be viewed in the library or checked out.
Children’s Library - At another location in the city, there is aseparate Children’s Library. Yes, a whole library for children! This mosaic is located behind the main desk.
Children’s Library - Storytime and program schedules areposted at entrance. There are no posters or fliers scattered throughout the library, very neat and tidy!
Children’s Library – The librarians here described their work as sharing “beauty and love” with children. I was literally drawn into this library, beginning with the lighted constellations flanking the elevators.
Children’s Library - Interactive, touch screen game for children as you continue walking into library
Children’s Library – It doesn’t show up in my photo but as you step on this path, holograms of children’s books appear.
Samples of Children’s Art – Children’s art is on display in the entry and it is amazing!!!
Children’s Library – Dedicated area for creative arts in Young Children’s Room.
Children’s Library – The children’s restroom has an open entryfrom the Young Children’s Room. The Library Director tasked the Children’s Librariansto create a hand washing rhyme. They did and it is posted next to the sinks. Even the restroom incorporates “beauty and love!”
Children’s Library - View into the Toy Library Room, very similar to Dongguan City Library’s.
Chinese Library Association Conference – Huge,Hollywood production for Opening Ceremony! Note the mini-skirted escort andpaparazzi. Outside of this frame is a big camera boom, the Opening Ceremony was televised.
Conference – The City Government was a sponsor for the conferenceand it was advertised throughout the city – banners, balloons, and even on the buses.
Conference – Keynote address, “New Normal, New Target, and New Direction.” Libraries worldwide are changing to meet community needs as their community’s needs change!
Conference - Awards were presented to librarians for a variety ofservices: reading to children in orphanages; archiving ancient Chinese medicine books; taking books into farm fields for the workers; preserving Tibetan scrolls; and many other worthy acts of service. This was the most encouraging part of the Conference.
Visitors taking postcards that described our library programs. They send postcards for Chinese New Year.
Children’s Services Conference – I attended these sessions with the help of an interpreter. Several librarians demonstrated their programs. School children had been bused into the conference to participate in the demonstrations. After each demonstration or presentation, there were 3 “experts” who critiqued each presentation.
Children’s Services - The most interesting session was the one on bookmaking with children presented by Chongquing Library. Note the librarians’ outfits!!!!
My Presentation - I presented “Open Door Special NeedsStorytime.” I definitely did not have the glamour and glitz of my Chinese colleagues. At least I didn’t cause an international incident! Below is my name on the presentation schedule board.
Keyuan Garden - is one of the Four Great Gardens of Guangdong in China. Keyuan was built during the Qing Dynasty.
Guihuayuan ParkI spent Sunday morning listening to these wonderful musicians in a park full offamilies! Great place to people watch. Multi-generational families were enjoyingthe day together.
Guihuayuan ParkThis woman was “exercising.” – beautiful!
Guihuayuan ParkMany people were walking, biking, and running. Note that they arewearing “street” clothes while running.
Guihuayuan ParkI went hiking in the park. The steep trail uphill had paved steps. Thiswas a great way to spend a morning!
Dongguan Exhibition Center – This is the citymuseum. Visit website for details. http://dgec.gov.cn/ The Economic Hall was afascinating look at modern, mega- manufacturing China. Deng Xiaoping is credited with saying, “Wealth is glorious.” Dongguan is certainly taking his words to heart!
Dongguan Exhibition Center – I spent anenlightening afternoon here! There were English translations! The History Hall tookme on a brief tour of Chinese history from ancient Cantonese culture; to the Opium War; then the Anti-Japanese War; and finally to the beginning of modern China.
Dongguan Science and TechnologyMuseum - Another wonderful museum! Again, there were English translations, which I certainly appreciated. Check out their website: www.dgstm.gov.cn/english/aboutus/index.jsp
Dongguan Science and TechnologyMuseum - About 90 percent of the exhibits were hands-on activities like this simulated MRI machine. You slide the machine over the model and the imageshows what the inside of the body would look like on the MRI screen. I visited on a Sunday afternoon, and it was full of families.
Shopping - I managed to complete a little shopping without speaking Chinese. I selected an item, the sales clerk shows me the price on a calculator, I makefacial expressions either expressing agreement or “what is the discount price?” She thenshows me another price I like, I nod “yes,” and she completes a sales slip. I take the slipto a cashier counter, pay for the item, take the receipt back to the sales clerk and collect my item.
Shopping - I discovered the “Wal-Mart” Mall Sunday morning. Chinese malls are not spread out, they are stacked up with small shops. There indeed was a Super Wal-Mart inside on 2 levels, with an escalator ramp for carts to move betweenthe levels. On either side of the ramps were bins with impulse items. Wal-Mart had all Chinese groceries but everything else looked like an American store, only in Chinese! Wal-Mart had posted prices, check out registers, and you had to pay for bags.
Chinese Pizza Hut - I didn’t eat here but I looked at theiroutside menu. Some pizza but mostly Chinese dishes. KFC is really popular in Dongguan, of course, Chinese style!
Street ScenesStreet vendors outside of the Children This man is creating a candy. Look atand Youth Center. Sales of roasted sweet top, right hand corner of photo.potatoes and candies. This woman wasselling birds, and rabbits (as pets!).
Police at almost every corner - I saw a policemansitting every morning in an empty plaza during my morning run. There was no one elsearound except the maintenance workers in the park. (How boring!) I did peek into one of the corner booths and it looked like the policeman was keeping some kind of log. I felt extremely safe during my visit.
Public Toilets - I had been advised to carry tissues at all times. However, I discovered that most toilets had a wall-mounted dispenser as you enteredthe restroom. You just need to remember to grab some TP before you get in the stall.
Qifeng Park - It was raining when I visited, but beautiful!
My Interpreter, Tracey- (Tracey is her English nameassigned by her English professor.)She helped me during the conference and then accompanied me to Qifeng Park and Guanyin Temple. She was so informative and polite!
Guanyin Temple - You can purchase incense and paper “good wishes” to burn in the temple courtyard.
Guanyin Temple – Tracy and I entered the temple. People cometwice a day to offer their “best wishes” to the “goddess” (bodhisattva.) Tracey said her parents have an altar in their apartment dedicated to Guanyin.
Tracey also said her parents do many “practical” things like gardening; painting; hiking, etc. While her generation does “virtual” things on the computer and their cellphones. She also said her friends like to meet at the mall. Everyone I saw at this park and temple were my age or older, in fact Tracey said she doesn’t plan to follow her parents traditions as she really wants to move away and live on her own.
Chinese Food - I ate vegetables at all 3 meals! Even the fast food(below) was fantastic. I ordered a Garden Salad and expected an American style salad – dregs of the garden with wilted Iceberg Lettuce in abundance. However, as you can see below, wholesome vegetables reined supreme and I ate like a queen!
Great Trip! – I hope you enjoyed this brief overview. Happy Travels!