Trip to Weifang --- January 2006


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 --- second day, in the cold Winter morning we drove into Number Two Middle Class School ---

We went into the main building to greet the Headmaster ---

This building was --- Block-23 --- 60 years ago.

 
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 --- This is the view from the conference-room window --- looking South into the Japanese quarters ---

The two "villas" are visible on the right and left side of the entrance alley ---


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 --- new buildings cover "Peticoat lane" and the "Elephant White Exchange" zones ---

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 --- comfortably seated in the conference room ---

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--- the traditional group-picture ---
Colette, Yves, the Headmaster, Leopold, Nicky and Mr. Shude.
 
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--- old block-23 --- Now a school building ---
 
 

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 --- formerly Block-23 --- Almost the same shape for the new building. ---

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 --- the first pictures --- Looking Northwards at what was the "Market Square Park". I was wandering that way towards block 22 (where we lived for 873 days) but ---

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We had to return Southwards to visit the Japanese Villas --- now museums.
 
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--- and just behind this huge administrative building looking North we saw a new sportsfield with green grass that is proudly named: the "Eric Liddell sports field" ---

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The museum in a Japanese's villa ---
Very interesting indeed. The walls are covered with data explaining to the younger generations about what happened here --- 60 years ago. The past history of the Weihsien Missionary School and No.2-Middle-Class-School are not forgotten.

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--- many pictures and explanations ---

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--- the schoolmaster opened a door leading into a very small room --- a piano --- He told us that this piano once belonged to the Weihsien concentration camp and was played 60 years ago --- by prisoners ---

--- the picture is a bit blurry but this piano is an important piece of our memories ---

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 --- the students' bikes ---

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--- upstairs ---

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 --- a special room with No. 2-Middle-Class-School's trophies ---


From left to right: Mr. Xu, the English Teacher; Yves, my brother-in-law; the two sisters, Nicky and Colette; Leopold; Mr. Chen Jiabang, the schoolmaster; Mr. Sui Shude,director of Translation Centre of Weifang Foreign Affairs Office, and Mr. Jia, the deputy Schoolmaster;


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--- when we came out, the children were having a break --- an enjoyable sight of happy kids! ---

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 --- the other Japanese villa was also transformed into a museum --- and we took another "souvenir" picture:

From left to right: Mr. Xu, the English Teacher; Mr. Jia, the deputy Schoolmaster; Yves, my brother-in-law; Mr. Sui Shude,director of Translation Centre of Weifang Foreign Affairs Office; Leopold; Mr. Chen Jiabang, the schoolmaster; and the two sisters, Colette and Nicky.

 

 We said farewell to the No.2-Middle-Class-School staff, climbed into the car and drove around the corner to --- what had been our Block-50 ---

A square building was facing Block-50. It must had been one of the Japanese villas just near "Lover's Lane" where Father Hanquet stole a whole bag of sugar from our captors.

The sugar was later distributed in small bags to the families with many children ---


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--- the Japanese villa ---

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Japanese villa 

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 --- Block-50 ---

Retired Doctors live there nowadays ---

 
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a room on the right side --->

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--- taking a snooze in the fresh Winter air ---

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--- inside Block-50 ---

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<--- the same room, 61 years ago ---


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 --- Block-50, first floor --- a dancing class ---

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--- The Eric Liddell monument just South of Block-59&60 that can be seen in the background.
 
 

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--- East of Blocks 58, 59 and 60 that are actually being restored ---
 

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Block-60,
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--- the new entrance to these "old" blocks that are now integrated in the new Weihsien-Gardens --- near the Hospital.
 
 

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the entrance is on the hospital's East wing

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--- at the very end of this corridor, is a room --- about 6 feet by 12 ---

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 --- a very spooky corridor under the hospital at 50cm. beneath ground-level. The entrance is on the East-wing --- A nightmare vision --- I thought I was followed by ghosts !! Didn't stay too long in there ---

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The Peace-Bell

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--- the Hospital, in the background ---

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 --- the Ledao Square --- big and beautiful, even in the Winter!

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 --- my friends were cold, tired and hungry --- so we left the site of the "old" Weihsien-concentration-camp's grounds --- for lunch (!)

--- and now I'm thinking about the pictures I didn't take, and the places I didn't explore ---- maybe next time ???

 
 
 

 Picture taken by Mr. Sui Shude ---

Leopold and Nicky in Weihsien, Ledao Square ---

 
 
 

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