Sunday, July 31, 2005

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum/阿德勒天文宇航馆

Time: July 18, 2005
Place: Museum Campus, Chicago, IL

Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in America. The exhibits didn't attract me much, while the Sky Theater was of a bit fun. The star sky above Chicago that night was shown on the vault screen, and an astronomer told you how to find out the Big Dipper, the North Star and constellations like the Great Bear. Another highlight is Galileo's Café, which provides an unforgettable view of Chicago skyline.


Henry Moore Sundial/日晷

Chicago Skyline/芝加哥

Ancient Chinses Observatory/古观星台

I'm interested in this picture not only because of being proud of my ancestors' accomplishment, but also because it's a place I did visit with Piggy:) See below, no Photoshop, guaranteed!

BTW, Gao Cheng, "告城" in Chinese, is 12km (7.5 mi) southeast to Dengfeng, which is famous for Shaolin Temple. This tower, built in Yuan Dynasty, is the earlist that is well preserved till now.

State Capitol, Wisconsin/威斯康星州议会大楼

Time: July 17, 2005
Place: State Capitol, Madison, WI

The State Capitol is the center of the city of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin state. It's said all buildings in downtown Madison, built or to be built, should be no taller than Capitol. Some facts about Capitol can be found here:

Two Exteriors/外貌

The Vault/穹顶

Hearing Room/听证室

Supreme Court/最高法庭

Mosaic Panels/马赛克壁画




An Goddess/女神像

University of Wisconsin-Madison/威斯康星大学麦迪逊分校

Time: July 16-17, 2005
Place: UW-Madison, Madison, WI

Romantic and huge are among the words in my mind upon arrival at the campus of UW-Madison in an evening. Lake Mendota is beautiful as well as the buildings, both in day and in night.

Lakeside I/湖边

Lakeside II/湖边

Historical Society, Wisconsin/州历史学会

Memorial Union/学校建筑

Armory & Gymnasium/学校建筑

Science Hall/科学楼

Music Hall/音乐楼

Bascom Hall/研究生院

Lincoln Memorial Statue/林肯纪念塑像

Maybe Mr. President needs a face-wash:)

Van Vleck Hall/数学系

Law Building/法学院

Agriculture Hall/农学院

McArdle Cancer Research Building/癌症研究中心

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Highway in US/资本主义大道

Time: July 15, 2005
Place: I-94, from Chicago, IL to Madison, WI, about 160 miles

Toll Booth/收费站

Two toll booths on the road. $1.50 for the first one and $1 for the other.

On the road/路上

The road is no better than in China.

Porsche Carrera/保时捷

But the car is much better:)

Traffic Sign/指示牌


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) /伊利诺斯大学芝加哥分校

Time: July 14, 2005
Place: UIC, Chicago, IL

There are many universities and colleges located at downtown Chicago, which is amazing. Among them, UIC is the best known. Ennn, Stanley R. Pliska is right there.

Stone Sign/校名

Following are some buildings and scenes on UIC campus.

Standing on the campus you'll have a great view of skyscrapers at downtown Chicago.

The University of Chicago/芝加哥大学

Time: July 15, 2005
Place: Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

Even after the visit, I don't know yet if there is a park named "Hyde". What I know is that it's a place I look forward to because, to some extend, Hyde Park is an alias of the University of Chicago.

Midway Plaisance Park/公园

Linné Statue/塑像

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel/教堂

Chapel House (Chicago Theological Seminary)/芝加哥神学院

Edelstone Center/芝大建筑

However, I didn't find the entrance to the university, just like something that took place a year ago. Here is a university map, I guess you may find out why... /地图

U-505 /二战德国潜艇

It's real -- the only German submarine in US, and now a national memorial to the 55,000 American sailors who died in WWI and WWII. It's on exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, about one mile east to the university.

The Art Institute of Chicago/芝加哥艺术学院

Time: July 14, 2005
Place: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

It's really great! There must be something you're interested in, even if you know as little about art as I do:)


Night View/夜景

Mao by Andy Warhol/毛泽东

Three-color (Tang Dynasty)/唐三彩

A Robot Performer/活体雕塑

Art outside the Institute. This artist stood motionless for long periods and moved with a mechanical motion when interacting with tourists.

A Drummer/鼓手

Black has talent in music. It's true.
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