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2008 China Solar Eclipse
"Saros 126"
38 km NE of Santanghu, China [ Aug 1, 2008 ]

photo by Bob Yen, stitching by Jook Leung ( links here: Flash & QT)

photo by Bob Yen, stitching by Jook Leung ( links here: Flash & QT)

NEWS ALERT: "Relative of U.S. coach killed in Beijing attack"

"The assailant also stabbed and injured a Chinese female tour guide with the Americans. He then committed suicide by throwing himself off a 130-foot-high balcony of the ancient landmark the Americans were visiting, the 13th century Drum Tower, the official Xinhua News Agency reported."


The Xinjuan Hotel I was staying at was 1/2 block from the Drum Tower (click for map, here & here), which I could see from my hotel room #219. Click here for video of Drum Tower, taken from Di'Anmenwait Dajie


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Many THANKS to people assisting me in my eclipse expedition:

  • Michael Dong (Booking Agent/Chinacits)
    advice on Hotel, Train, etc.

  • Yeyinan (Skateboard Shopowner in Hami)
    taking me on his motorbike (& car) to get supplies, use of office Internet for eclipse-video upload, etc.

  • Peter (masters degree in Law, of Balikun)
    advice & logisitics for Balikun/Santanghu, accomadations at his family home (mom/dad) on July 31, etc.

  • Jennifer (Travel Agent/Ocean Travel)
    advice on Beijing hotel, China train schedules, etc



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  • In 1990, for OffRoad magazine, B Yen became a regular photo contributor for SCORE off-road races & MTEG stadium races. He also was a writer/photographer for 3 offroad articles.
  • In 1991, B Yen also had writer/photo credits for offroad racing articles in Four-Wheeler magazine & Petersen's 4Wheel&Offroad
  • In 1990, B Yen began to shoot video along with still-photos. In 1993, his 1993 Baja 500 footage (Walker Evans Racing vehicles) was used by Jerry Garrett on Prime Ticket Network's coverage.
  • From 1991-1994, B Yen's astrophotography began to get published in the Baja themed magazines: Baja Explorer & Baja Life
  • In 1993, B Yen scored a coup when he was the ONLY member of the professional photographer crew at the El Toro Air Show, to get footage of the F86 jet crash. It was shown all over the world on CNN & ABCNews. It also gained him professional representation by one of the elite New York photographic agencies (worldwide coverage): Gamma Liasion Network (it has since been bought out by Getty Images)
  • In 1996, B Yen's astrophotography of Comet Hyakutake in the California & Arizona deserts was published in Astronomy magazine
  • In 1997, B Yen's astrophotography of Hale-Bopp gained worldwide recognition by ESO (European Southern Observatory, Dr. Richard West), NASA, Internet. He scored a *lead-photo* credit, in Newsweek Magazine's cover-story on Comet Hale-Bopp. His website generated over a million hits, which caused the servers to crash!
  • In 1999, B Yen joined forces with George Seeley, Jr (Class 5 racer) &, to bring SAME-DAY coverage to SCORE offroad racing at the '99 Laughlin Race
  • In 2001, B Yen once again joined forces with, to bring SAME-HOUR coverage to SCORE offroad racing at the Primm 300 race
  • In 2004, B Yen once again joined forces with, to bring REAL-TIME coverage to an offroad racing event at the Geiser Bro's D&D race-shop Xmas Party/Open House
  • In 2005, B Yen brought Real-Time coverage of the Rose Bowl, as an Internet webcast.

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