Introduction In October, I participated together with a friend in the 2019 International Collegiate Competition for Brain-inspired Computing organized by Tsinghua University. The task was to develop an AI system that is brain-inspired, that is inspired by how the human brain works. From the website:
In this contest, we generalize brain-inspired computing a little bit to a wider range of works reflecting the integration of neuroscience and computer science on problems relevant to general intelligence.
Last Monday, I was visiting a friend in Kunming. She lives in the north of Kunming and I near the city centre. Therefore we normally meet up at TongDe Plaza (同德昆明广场) which is convenient for both of us. On this day, after we found each other there, we went to her apartment complex. My friend is really fortunate to live next to a park with a large sea and waterfall. Next to the waterfall park is a shopping mall and a small amusement park, both to be opened soon.
Last Saturday, we attended a tea ceremony in a private tea house. Normally, only manager or other white-collar workers book sessions there. Very few foreigners have visited it. The story about how we came to know about it is quite interesting. A fellow pupil from my Chinese school in Kunming met a local neighbour in our building. They bumped into each other in the elevator and started to talk. Her friend is the tea lady.
On the weekends, the school does not provide meals for us, therefore we often go out together. A school friend of me is vegetarian and wanted to show us a vegetarian all-you-can-eat restaurant. He said it is Tibetan. The restaurant looks really Buddhistic with the decor, waiters and altars.
It was really worth the price, as the buffet itself is around 16￥. They provide a wide array of different dishes, I especially liked the broccoli, fried potatoes and tofu.
Last weekend, I went with my friends to the Western Mountains, just outside of Kunming. They are directly adjacent to the Dian Lake, the larget lake in Yunnan Province. Sadly, the water is heavily polluted, making it unfit for swimming, fishing or other industrial use. In the mountains itself are many spots worth a visit. This includes many buddhist temples, pavillions, historic sites and gardens.
The weather was almost perfect, 25°C in November and a clear blue sky.
I am currently in Kunming, Yunnan learning Chinese in an intensive program. This is the weather that greeted my on the first morning in Kunming. Normally, it is called the spring city, but the weather was pretty rainy, cold and foggy. I hoped that it will improve when I actually want to go outside and discover the city.
During the week, I normally have 6 hours of class and then review on my own after that.