Study Tour in Nanjing

 

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Commemorative Cross erected at the Mourning Square of the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders

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Walking over the Bridge of Hope at the Mourning Square

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In another corner of the Mourning Square, statues and foot prints of Nanking Massacre survivors tell the horrible stories of their past.

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During the six weeks of horror in 1937-38, more than 300,000 innocent civilians and disarmed Chinese soldiers were killed.

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Sculptural relief in the Mourning Square. "The Japanese bound the wrists of young men in the city and loaded many of them onto trucks, where they were transported to the outskirts of Nanking for mass execution." (Iris Chang, ˇ§The Rape of Nankingˇ¨)

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Krista Bryndza capturing information on-site

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The Memorial Hall is situated on one of the mass burial sites of victims slaughtered by the Japanese invaders. The coffin-like structure is the roofing of the excavated mass burial site, and the treeless courtyard of gravel and stones symbolize death and destruction.

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"Six feet under": vertical section of the excavated mass burial site

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An excavated part of the mass burial site

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There are 7 layers of corpses buried in this site.

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Recording with camera and audio-tape recorder

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Viewing displays inside the exhibition hall

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Japanese media covered the killing contest between 2 Japanese officers to see who could win beheading 100 Chinese first.

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The atrocity of rapes. The pictures were taken by the Japanese soldiers to be kept as trophies.

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Sculpture: Mother and Child

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Japanese troop's triumphant entry into Nanking on Dec 17, 1937. Postmark and post-chop (inset photo) of the Japanese field post office in commemoration of the Nanking victory.

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Madam DUAN Yueping, Deputy Curator of the Nanking Massacre Museum introduces history of the Museum to the teachers.

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Two survivors of the Nanking Massacre meet the teachers in the Museum.

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Speakers of the seminar are joined by students of Zhejiang Normal University and Ningbo University. The students have been visiting the biological warfare victims during their summer vacation.

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Madam NI Cuiping recounts the loss of 8 family members in the Nanking Massacre. She was then only 12 years old and was shot in the shoulder.

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Her pain and her hope for the long overdue redress are forever remembered in this statue of Madam NI Cui Ping erected in the Mourning Square of the Museum.

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Mr. CHANG Zhiqiang was not even 10 years old when he witnessed the horrible slaughter of his parents and his four younger brothers as well as the raping of his 11 years old sister in the Massacre.

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Karen Lee offers her flower at the wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of the 300,000 victims of Nanking Massacre.

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Nick Burne offers his prayer at the wreath laying ceremony.

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After solemnly paying tribute to the 300,000 victims of the Nanking Massacre, delegates stand together to have this ˇ§solemnˇ¨ group photo.

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Paper cranes presented by Japanese teachers and students at the Museum

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Visit to the Nanjing Normal University (former Ginling Women's Arts & Science College). The campus was the principal refugee camp for children and women of the International Safety Zone during Nanjing Massacre.

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Statue of Madam Minnie Vautrin who courageously worked day and night to protect the defenseless women and children. She was regarded as the "Living Goddess" by the refugees.

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Paying tribute to Madam Minnie Vautrin

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Seminar with historians of the Nanjing Massacre Research Center of Nanjing Normal University

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Prof. JING Shenghong (center) introducing his work "A History of Nanjing: Fall for Eight Years"

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Robert Lato, teacher from Ontario and Arvid Yuen, the only student participant of the Study Tour both have great concern and interest about this chapter of history.

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After the seminar at Nanjing Normal University, Daniel Shiu and Paul Harkison lead the reflective session on our 2 days experience in Nanjing. 

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Krista Bryndza and Amy Yeung at the reflective session 

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Visiting a mass burial site located near downtown Nanjing as led by Prof. ZHANG Lianhong (far left, wearing dark blue) of Nanjing Normal University.

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The Capitol Building of the Chinese Nationalist government: now and then (inset photo)

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Nanjing military hospital. This site was headquarters for Unit Ei 1644, Japanˇ¦s biological warfare unit in Nanking and a death factory during Japanese occupation.

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Swallow Rock Cliff, a scenic and historic site at the outskirt of Nanjing. The cliff and the surrounding area was a major massacre site of Nanking Massacre. In order to save bullets and the trouble of disposing off bodies, thousands of Chinese victims were killed by being pushed over the Cliff into the river.

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Walking up to the Swallow Rock Cliff Massacre cenotaph

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A wall mural of the massacre at the Swallow Rock Cliff area in the Museum of Nanking Massacre. At Swallow Rock, over 30,000 disarmed Chinese soldiers and 20,000 civilians were killed by Japanese army using machine guns.

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The Yangtze River as viewed from top of Swallow Rock Cliff. Bodies of the massacred victims were thrown into the water and the river was tinted red with blood.

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Light moments in Nanjing: Reception by Jiangsu Chinese Overseas Friendship Association 

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Light moments in Nanjing: Music performance at reception 

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Light moments in Nanjing: Dance performance at reception

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They all go to the same tailor. Daniel Royer, Bill Bradley and Paul Harkinson (left to right).

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Ismael Ribeiro, our volunteer video photographer enjoys the sightseeing at the Dr. Sun Yat San Mausoleum.

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James Knihniski at the Dr. Sun Yat San Mausoleum 

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The Spirit Way of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park

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A quiet corner of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park

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This local kid is not the only one who is curious about Canada. 

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Doug Short flying an eagle kite on top of the historic Nanking city wall

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Presenting souvenir to ZHOU Jing, a graduate of Nanjing University who helps out with interpretation in the first 3 cities we have visited.

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Colin MacNeil hugs ZHOU Jing goodbye at the airport when
we are leaving Nanjing for Beijing.

 

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