Bixi

Bixi, or Bi Xi (Wade–Giles: Pi-hsi), is a figure from Chinese mythology. One of the 9 sons of the Dragon King, he is depicted as a dragon with the shell of a turtle. Stone sculptures of Bixi have been used in Chinese culture for centuries as a decorative plinth for commemorative steles and tablets,[1] particularly in the funerary complexes of its later emperors and to commemorate important events, such as an imperial visit or the anniversary of a World War II victory. They are also used at the bases of bridges and archways.[2] Sculptures of Bixi are traditionally rubbed for good luck, which can cause conservation issues.[3] They can be found throughout East Asia in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, and even the Russian Far East.

Bixi
Sculpted c. 1810, donated 1936
The Harvard Bixi, donated by its Chinese alumni
Chinese name
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinBìxì
Wade–GilesPi-hsi
Pa-hsia Dragon
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu PinyinBàxià
Wade–GilesPa-hsia
guifu
Literal meaningturtle tablets
Transcriptions
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyinguīfū
Wade–Gileskuei-fu
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabetđá rùa
Chữ Hán石龜
Japanese name
Kanji贔屓
Hiraganaひいき
Transcriptions
RomanizationHīki

History

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A dragon-headed bixi with a stele in memory of the Qianlong Emperor's rebuilding of the Marco Polo Bridge, Beijing, c. 1785

The tradition of tortoise-mounted stelae originated no later than early 3rd century (late Han dynasty). According to the 1957 survey by Chêng Tê-k'un (鄭徳坤), the earliest extant tortoise-borne stele is thought to be the one at the tomb of Fan Min (樊敏), in Lushan County, Ya'an, Sichuan.[4] Victor Segalen had earlier identified the stele as a Han dynasty monument; present-day authors agree, usually giving it the date of 205 AD.[5][6][7] The stele has a rounded top with a dragon design in low relief - a precursor to the "two intertwined dragons" design that was very common on such steles even in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, over a thousand years later.[4][8]

In the collection of the Nanjing Museum there is a hunping funerary jar, dating to 272 AD, with a miniature architectural composition on top, depicting, among other objects, a tortoise carrying a stele erected by the Jin dynasty governor of Changsha in honor of a local dignitary.[9]

Perhaps the best known extant early example of the genre is the set of four stele-bearing tortoises at the mausoleum of Xiao Xiu (475-518), who was the younger brother of the first Liang dynasty emperor Wu (Xiao Yan), near Nanjing.[10][11][12]

The bixi tradition flourished during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Ming founder, the Hongwu Emperor, in the first year after the dynasty had been proclaimed (1368), adopted regulations, allowing tortoise-based funerary tablets to the higher ranks of the nobility and the mandarinate. He tightened the rules in 1396, leaving only the highest nobility (those of the gong and hou ranks) and the officials of the top 3 ranks eligible for bixi-based stelae. The type of dragons crowning the tortoise-born stele, and the type and number of other statuary at the tomb site, were prescribed by the same regulations as well.[13]

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A modern (1995) monument in Beijing

At the Hongwu Emperor's own mausoleum, a huge bixi holding the so-called Shengde stele welcomes visitors at the Sifangcheng pavilion at the entrance of the mausoleum complex. Three centuries later (1699), the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing dynasty visited Nanjing and contributed another tortoise, with a stele praising the founder of the Ming, comparing him to the founders of the great Tang and Song dynasties of the past.[14][15]

The Hongwu Emperor's tortoise tradition was continued by the later Ming and Qing emperors, whose mausoleums are usually decorated by bixi-born steles as well.

Even the self-declared emperor Yuan Shikai was posthumously honored with a bixi-based stele in Anyang,[16] as was the Republic of China Premier Tan Yankai (1880–1930), whose stele near Nanjing's Linggu Temple had its inscription erased after the Communist Revolution.

Occasionally, a foreign head of state was honored with a bixi as well, as it happened to the sultan of Brunei Abdul Majid Hassan, who died during his visit to China in 1408. The sultan's grave, with a suitably royal bixi-based monument, was discovered in Yuhuatai District south of Nanjing in 1958.[17]

After an ancient Christian stele was unearthed in Xi'an in 1625, it, too, was put on the back of a tortoise. In 1907, this so-called Nestorian Stele was moved to the Stele Forest Museum along with its tortoise.[18][19]

These days, long-lost bixi continue to be unearthed during archaeological excavations and construction work. Among the most remarkable finds is the discovery of a huge 1200-year-old in Zhengding (Hebei Province) in June 2006. The stone turtle is 8.4 m long, 3.2 m wide, and 2.6 m tall, and weighs 107 tons. It has since been moved to Zhengding's Kaiyuan Temple.[20]

Outside China

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The Vinh Lang stele from Lê Lợi's mausoleum, erected in the 6th year of Thuận Thiên reign (1433)

The concept of a tortoise-borne, dragon-crowned stele was early adopted by China's northern neighbors. The earliest extant monument of the Turkic Kaganate - the so-called "Bugut Stele" of the late 6th century from Arkhangai Province in western Mongolia with a Sogdian and (most likely) Sanskrit inscription was installed on a stone tortoise. It is now in the provincial capital, Tsetserleg.[22][23] According to the Turkish researcher Cengiz Alyilmaz, it was the design of this stele that influenced the builders of the important 8th-century stelae with Old Turkic inscriptions, many of which also stood on tortoises.[23][24] Among them, the most accessible one is probably Bayanchur Khan's (Eletmish Bilge Kağan)'s Terhin-Gol stele (753 AD), now in the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in Ulan Bator.[25]

Later, the Jurchen Jin dynasty (1115-1234) and the Mongol Yuan dynasty erected tortoise-based monuments as well, some of which have been preserved in Russia's Ussuriysk and Mongolia's Karakorum.

In Japan, this form of tortoise-supported stele is found primarily at the graves of prominent Kamakura period (1185–1333) figures, especially in the city of Kamakura. Another large collection of tortoise-borne stelae, spanning 17th through 19th centuries, can be seen at the cemetery of the Tottori Domain daimyō outside Tottori. Otherwise, the form does not seem to have been particularly popular in earlier or later times.

In Korea, tortoise-borne stelae are known already during the Three Kingdoms of Korea period (e.g., the Tombstone of King Muyeol of Silla, erected 661).[26] Monuments of this type have been preserved from the later Goryeo dynasty as well, such as the Stele of Bongseon Honggyeongsa (1026).[27]

Vietnam also has a long tradition of tortoise-born stelae, where they commemorate emperor Lê Lợi as well as the graduates of the Confucian academy at Hanoi's Temple of Literature.

While there is no indigenous tradition of erecting stelae on tortoise-shaped pedestals in the United States, a Qing period bixi can be seen on campus of the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This bixi was given as a gift to Harvard in 1936 by the members of Harvard Clubs in China; an appropriate text was carved for the occasion on the tablet carried by the tortoise.

Development as an art form

According to Victor Segalen's assessment, the early (Han and the Six Dynasties) stone tortoises were artistic images of quite real aquatic turtles.[5] The creatures looked quite realistic through the Song dynasty, when huge tortoise pedestals, such as the ones in Shou Qiu near Qufu, or the one in Dai Miao at Mount Tai were erected.

The early-Ming specimens, while still definitely chelonian, had sprouted small ears; sides of their heads and their carapaces are often decorated by a leaf-like design. They usually have prominent teeth, which real-life turtles don't.[28] By the mid-Qing (the 18th century), however, the stele-bearing tortoise becomes the characteristic dragon-headed bixi.

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Xiao Xiu mausoleum, Nanjing, Liang dynasty, ca. 518. Photo by Victor Segalen

Khabarovsk stone tortoise

Tortoise from the grave of the Jurchen general Asikui. Originally near Ussuriysk, now in Khabarovsk Museum. Jin dynasty (1115-1234)

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Karakorum ruins, Yuan dynasty (?)

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The Hongwu Emperor's mausoleum, Nanjing, ca. 1400

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Near Linggu Temple, Nanjing, Ming dynasty

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Stele in honor of the rebuilding of the Marco Polo Bridge by the Kangxi Emperor, Beijing, 1668

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Drum Tower, Nanjing. Commemorates visit by the Kangxi Emperor, 1684

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The Kangxi Emperor's stele at Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Nanjing 1699

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The Qianlong Emperor's Marco Polo Bridge rebuilding stele, Beijing, 1785

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Tan Yankai tomb, near Linggu Temple, Nanjing, ca. 1930

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World War II monument in Wanping Castle, Beijing, 1995

Graves of Shimazu Tadahisa and Mori Suemitsu, Kamakura

Gravesites of samurai Shimazu Tadahisa (d. 1227) and Mōri Suemitsu (1202-1247), the founders of the Shimazu and Mōri clans respectively, Kamakura, Japan.

Bixi in Harvard University - IMG 8960

The Harvard Bixi in the United States was produced in China in the 18th century.

Bixi Lingyin

The bixi at Lingyin Temple, Hangzhou, with the characters "Lingyin" (靈隱) written on the stele.

According to some 19th-century western authors, the Chinese tradition of using a tortoise as a pedestal may have a common source with the Indian legend of the world being held up by a giant turtle.[29]

Name

The word bi 贔 or bixi 贔屭 (also written with a variant character, 贔屓) is translated by Chinese dictionaries as "strong", "capable to support great weight". The word bixi is attested already in Zhang Heng's (78-139) "Western Metropolis Rhapsody" (Xi Jing Fu), which mentions "the great strides" of the giant divine bixi.[30] Zhang Heng's follower Zuo Si (250 - 305) in his Wu Capital Rhapsody (Wu Jing Fu) explicitly associates the attribute bixi with the legendary giant turtle ao, whose head supports a sacred mountain.[31]

The term bixi became associated with the stele-carrying tortoises no later than the Ming dynasty. The terminology, however, did not immediately become stable. The earliest known Ming-era list of fantastic creatures appearing in architecture and applied art is given by Lu Rong (1436–1494) in his Miscellaneous records from the bean garden (菽園雜記, Shuyuan zaji). The bixi, with the syllables swapped (屭贔, xibi), appears in the first position in that list:

The xibi looks like a tortoise. By its nature it likes to carry heavy weights. It used to be employed to support stone tablets.[32]

Lu Rong claims that his list (including the total of 14 creatures) is based on the ancient books of beasts and supernatural creatures, the Shan Hai Jing and the Bo Wu Zhi (博物志); however, as the modern researchers Yang Jingrong and Liu Zhixiong note, that is not the case, and the names, much more likely, were taken by Lu Rong from the folklore of his times.[33]

Soon after Lu Rong, the mighty tablet-carrying tortoise appears in various lists of the "Nine children of the Dragons", compiled by several Ming authors. However, both Li Dongyang (1441–1516) in his Huai Lu Tang Ji and Xie Zhaozhe (謝肇淛, 1567–1624) in his Wu Za Zu (五雜俎, Five Assorted Offerings, ca. 1592), refer to the tortoise that carries the stele by the name baxia (霸下), rather than bixi; at the same time they apply the name bixi to the "literature-loving" dragons that appear on the sides of the stele:

The baxia has an innate love for carrying weights; the creature [that] now [is] under tablets is its image. ... The bixi has an innate love for literature; the dragons [that] now [are] on the sides of tablets are its image.[34]

The name bixi, however, is given to the table-carrying tortoise in the more popular version of the list of the "Nine Children of the Dragon". In this form of the list, given e.g. by Yang Shen (1488–1559), the bixi is given the first position:

The bixi looks like a tortoise, and likes to carry heavy weights; [he] is the tortoise-carrier (guifu) now [seen] under stone tablets.[35]

Stone tortoises in art and popular lore

The great stone tortoises, whose antiquity sometimes went farther into the history than anyone could remember, often made impression on people who saw them, and excited their curiosity. It is said that an old legend of the stone tortoise made by Lu Ban that went to swim in the ocean every summer, and came back to its seaside hill in the fall, inspired Lu Ji's lines: [36] [37]

The stone tortoise cherishes in its heart the love of the sea.
How can I forget my home village?

The opening chapter of the 14th-century novel Water Margin involves Marshal Hong releasing 108 spirits imprisoned under an ancient stele-bearing tortoise. [38]

A bixi plays a key role in a ghost story, "The Spirit of the Stone Tortoise" (贔屭精, Bixi jing), from Yuan Mei's (1716–1797) collection What the Master does not Speak of.[39]

The French poet and researcher Victor Segalen (1878–1919), who published both a scholarly book about China's stelae[40] and a book of poetry-in-prose about them,[41] was also impressed by the "truly emblematic" stone tortoises, their "firm gestures and elegiac posture".[42]

Today, the image of the bixi continues to inspire modern Chinese artists.[43]

Preservation concerns

As with other stone (particularly, marble and limestone) statuary, bixi turtles and their stelae are vulnerable to acid rain (or, in winter, acid snow). On the Harvard University campus, the curators of its turtle protect it against the "acid snow" by wrapping it with a waterproof cover for the winter.[44]

A more bixi-specific concern is the wear to the creatures' noses from the people who touch them for good luck. At Hanoi's Temple of Literature, highly popular with visitors, this has become a sufficient concern to the site's managers as to make them develop plans for introducing creative landscaping and structural obstacles to keep visitors from touching the temple's 82 stone turtles.[28][45]

Notes

  1. ^ Welch, Patricia Bjaaland (2008), Chinese Art, Tuttle, pp. 122–123, ISBN 0-8048-3864-X
  2. ^ Roberts, Jeremy. Chinese Mythology, A to Z, p. 61. "Dragon's Nine Sons". 2nd ed. Chelsea House (New York), 2010. Accessed 22 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám – Hà Nội: 82 bia Tiến sĩ cần được bảo vệ nghiêm ngặt". Pháplý Online, 30 November 2011. Accessed 22 Nov 2013. (in Vietnamese)
  4. ^ a b Chêng, Tê-kun (1957), Archaeological studies in Szechwan, Cambridge University Press, p. 144. The author's name would be spelled Zheng Dekun in Pinyin.
  5. ^ a b Segalen 1995, pp. 68–69
  6. ^ Harrist, Robert E. (2008), The landscape of words: stone inscriptions from early and medieval China, University of Washington Press, p. 72 (snippet view only on Google Books)
  7. ^ Paludan, Ann (1991), The Chinese spirit road : the classical tradition of stone tomb statuary, Yale University Press, pp. 50–51, ISBN 0-300-04597-2
  8. ^ 雅安汉源九襄石牌坊、青溪古镇、金钟山、芦山龙门洞、飞仙关、灵鹫山五日游 Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (A Ya'an tourist trip description, with the photos from the "Fan Min Que (Gate Towers) and Sculptures" site (樊敏阙及石刻), including the present-day condition of the Fan Min stele, in a new gazebo
  9. ^ Abe, Stanley K. (2002), Ordinary images, University of Chicago Press, pp. 71–72, ISBN 0-226-00044-3
  10. ^ Angela Falco Howard, Li Song, Wu Hung, Yang Hong, «Chinese Sculpture». Yale University Press and Foreign Languages Press, 2006. ISBN 0-300-10065-5. Pp. 163—165; photo in Fig. 2.63
  11. ^ Dien, Albert E. (2007), Six dynasties civilization, Early Chinese civilization series, Yale University Press, p. 190, ISBN 0-300-07404-2 A reconstruction of the original form of the ensemble is shown in Fig. 5.19.
  12. ^ 梁安成康王萧秀墓石刻 Archived 2013-10-19 at the Wayback Machine (Sculptures at the Tomb of Xiao Xiu) (in Chinese) (description and modern photos)
  13. ^ de Groot, Jan Jakob Maria (1892a), The Religious System of China, II, Brill Archive, pp. 451–452.
  14. ^ 明孝陵两大“碑石之谜”被破解 Archived 2012-10-18 at the Wayback Machine (Solving the two great riddles of the Ming Xiaoling's stone tablets). People's Daily, 2003-06-13. Quote regarding the Kangxi's stele text and its meaning: "清朝皇帝躬祀明朝皇帝 ... 御书“治隆唐宋”(意思是赞扬朱元璋的功绩超过了唐太宗李世民、宋高祖赵匡胤)"; regarding the dimensions of the stele and its tortoise: "康熙御碑孝陵碑殿中部主碑,是清康熙三十八年(1699年)由康熙皇帝爱新觉罗·玄烨所立,高3.85米,宽1.42米,上阴刻楷书“治隆唐宋”4字,字径0.68米,碑座为石制龟趺,高1.06米。"
  15. ^ Photo and description of the Kangxi's stele. The inscription is interpreted as "His reign was as glorious as that of the Tang and Song"
  16. ^ 洹园里的破嘴龟 (The tortoise with a broken mouth in Huanyuan Park) (in Chinese)
  17. ^ Rozan Yunos, "The Brunei Sultan who died in China" Archived March 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine The Brunei Times, 9.11.2008
  18. ^ Keevak, Michael (2008), The Story of a Stele: China's Nestorian Monument and Its Reception in the West, 1625-1916, pp. 5–6, 105, 117 (Fig 38), ISBN 962-209-895-9. The first two images reproduced in Keevak's book had appeared earlier in Henri Havret (1848-1901), La stele chrétienne de Si-ngan fou (part 1), Variétés sinologiques No. 7, Paris, 1895 (near the front cover, and page 139, respectively). As Havret comments (p. 142), looking at the early drawings it's rather easy to mistake the tortoise for a "horrible bat"!
  19. ^ See modern photos of the stele on Flickr.com, complete with the same tortoise
  20. ^ 正定开元寺 (Zhengding's Kaiyuan Temple), 2014-12-22
  21. ^ Lonely Planet Guide, Vietnam, 2006. p. 70
  22. ^ The Tatpar (Kutlug) kagan memorial complex, 581-582
  23. ^ a b Dr. Cengiz Alyilmaz, On the Bugut Inscription and Mausoleum Complex. Ēran ud Anērān: Studies presented to Boris Ilich Marshak on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday. Compareti, Raffetta, Scarcia - Editors. Electronic Version (October 2003)
  24. ^ N.Bazylkhan The Orhon Inscriptions
  25. ^ Inscription El etmish Bilge kagan (Tariat // Terh)
  26. ^ 경주 태종무열왕릉비(慶州 太宗武烈王陵碑) (Includes photos of Korean monuments) (in Korean)
  27. ^ 봉선홍경사사적갈비 (奉先弘慶寺事蹟碣碑); 성주사낭혜화상백월보광탑비 (聖住寺郎慧和尙白月보光塔碑) (Includes photos of Korean monuments) (in Korean)
  28. ^ a b The custom of rubbing bixi for good luck (or, rather, protection from bag luck) is attested elsewhere e.g. in: 李帅 (Li Shuai), 毛朝青 (Mao Chaoqing), 赑屃不是龟. 专职驮石碑 (Bixi is not a turtle. Its special duty is to hold a stone table), 海峡都市报, 2015-01-14
  29. ^ Mayers, William Frederick (1874), The Chinese reader's manual: A handbook of biographical, historical, mythological and general literary reference, Shanghai: American Presbyterian Mission Press, p. 94, section 299 ("Kwei, 龟"). Quote: "The conception is probably derived from the same source with that of the Hindoo legend of the tortoise supporting an elephant, on whose back the existing world reposes." Mayers is also quoted in: Williams, Charles Alfred Speed (1988), Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs: An Alphabetical Compendium of Antique Legends and Beliefs, as Reflected in the Manners and Customs of the Chinese, Tuttle Publishing, p. 405, ISBN 0-8048-1586-0 (reprint of the 1941 edition).
  30. ^ "Western Metropolis Rhapsody" (西京賦), Quote: "綴以二華,巨靈贔屓,高掌遠蹠,以流河曲,厥跡猶存". Quoted also in Yang Jingrong and Liu Zhixiong (2008)
  31. ^ "Wu Capital Rhapsody" (吳都賦), Quote: "巨鼇贔屓,首冠靈山" (Giant Ao bixi [i.e. 'mighty'], [his] head holds up a sacred mountain). Quoted also in Yang Jingrong and Liu Zhixiong (2008)
  32. ^ Lu Rong's Shuyuan zaji is quoted in Yang Jingrong and Liu Zhixiong (2008): "屭贔,其形似龜,性好負重,故用載石碑". The full text of Shuyuan zaji can be found at a number of sites online, e.g. here: 菽園雜記 Archived 2010-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
  33. ^ Yang Jingrong and Liu Zhixiong (2008)
  34. ^ Li Dongyang's Huai Lu Tang Ji (懷麓堂集) quoted in Yang Jingrong and Liu Zhixiong (2008): "霸上(霸下),平生好負重,今碑座獸是其遺像。... 贔屭,平生好文,今碑兩旁龍是其遺像。"
  35. ^ Yang Shen's Sheng'an Ji (升庵集) quoted in Yang Jingrong and Liu Zhixiong (2008): "贔屭,形似龜,好負重,今石碑下龜趺是也。"
  36. ^ de Groot, Jan Jakob Maria (1892b), The Religious System of China, IV, Brill Archive, p. 341. The legend, and the reference to Lu Ji, comes from the book Shu Yi Ji (述异记, "Extraordinary stories"), commonly ascribed to Ren Fang (460—508). The story from the tortoise from a seaside hill (海畔石龜), as well as the one about another sea-going stone turtle from Linyi County (臨邑縣), and their translations to Modern Standard Mandarin, can be found here Archived July 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  37. ^ Lu Ji's poem: «石龟尚怀海。我宁忘故乡 Archived July 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine». Unlike modern Chinese editions, de Groot 1892b, p. 341 has 亡 (to die) instead of 忘 (to forget), which changes the meaning of the second line to "I'd rather die in my home village."
  38. ^ Wang, Jing (1992), The story of stone: intertextuality, ancient Chinese stone lore, and the stone symbolism in Dream of the red chamber, Water margin, and The journey to the west, Duke University Press, pp. 252–254, ISBN 0-8223-1195-X, which includes the English translation of the relevant excerpt from the novel. The original text of the chapter can be seen e.g. at 水滸傳/第001回, starting from "只中央一個石碑,約高五六尺,下面石龜趺坐 ..."
  39. ^ Jennifer Thome, STRANGE OVERTONES: THE EXPRESSIONS OF RESENTMENT AND COMPASSION IN YUAN MEI’S WHAT THE MASTER DOES NOT SPEAK OF Archived September 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. M.A. thesis, Arizona State University, 2008.
  40. ^ Segalen 2005
  41. ^ Segalen 2007
  42. ^ Segalen 2007, pp. 52–53
  43. ^ Qiu Zhijie, "City of failure" - the print is based on the Sifangcheng pavilion in the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum.
  44. ^ "Art Under Wraps" , Harvard Magazine, March–April 2000
  45. ^ Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit (September 27, 2012), Hanoi’s stone turtles at risk

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Cycles Devinci is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer established in Chicoutimi, Quebec in 1987. In addition to a full line of road, mountain and hybrid bicycles, it also manufactures the BIXI-brand of bicycle used in bicycle sharing schemes in cities such as Montreal and Toronto. Devinci supplies a similar bicycle to Santander Cycles in London, England.

Côte-des-Neiges Road

Côte-des-Neiges Road (officially in French: chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges) is a street in Montreal, home to Plaza Côte-des-Neiges. It is served by Métro Côte-des-Neiges and two bus lanes. BIXI bike rental is also available. It extends from the intersection of Sherbrooke Street and Guy Street in the south to the intersection of Jean-Talon Street and Laird Boulevard in the north. Part of it follows the path of the former Raimbault Creek (now an underground collector sewer) between the two peaks of Mount Royal.It is the economic and cultural heart of the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood. Côte-des-Neiges Road features a variety of culturally diverse cuisine in its many restaurants; Québécois/Canadian, British, French Chinese, Lebanese, Vietnamese and Italian alongside many of the popular fast food franchises. Supermarkets and a farmer market also offer victuals to the local residents. Libraries and a school are also present.

The proximity of the Université de Montréal generates a large student population in the neighborhood alongside the ethnically diverse population.

Notable addresses as it passes over Mount Royal include the Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery and Îlot-Trafalgar-Gleneagles historic block.

Da Gryptions

Da Gryptions is a Canadian hip-hop band from Montreal, formed in 2009. The band consists of Future Shark (a.k.a. Trevor Barnes) (vocals), Dark Science (a.k.a. Patrick Guay) (vocals), Apsobibi (a.k.a. Evan Cranley of Stars) (R&B vocals), and Ripples (a.k.a. Stephen Ramsay of Young Galaxy (production and hype-man) and features the studio skills of Liam O'Neil, formerly a member of The Stills.

Divvy

Divvy is a bicycle sharing system in the City of Chicago and two adjacent suburbs operated by Motivate for the Chicago Department of Transportation. It operates 5800 bicycles at 580 stations in an area bounded by 87th Street on the south, Central Street in Evanston on the north, Rainbow Beach Park near South Shore Drive on the east, and Harlem Avenue in Oak Park on the west.

Evan Cranley

Evan Cranley is a Canadian musician based in Montreal, Quebec. He records with the bands Stars and Broken Social Scene, although he considered joining the band Metric before finally joining Stars.

Ford GoBike

Ford GoBike is a regional public bicycle sharing system in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Beginning operation in August 2013 as Bay Area Bike Share, the Ford GoBike system currently has over 2,600 bicycles in 262 stations across San Francisco, East Bay and San Jose. On June 28, 2017, the system officially launched as Ford GoBike in a partnership with Ford Motor Company. The system is expected to expand to 7,000 bicycles around 540 stations in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, and San Jose.

The system is operated by Motivate in a partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Ford GoBike is the first regional and large-scale bicycle sharing system deployed in California and on the West Coast of the United States.

As of January 2018, the system had seen nearly 500,000 rides since the launch in 2017 and had about 10,000 annual subscribers.

Harvard Bixi

The Harvard Bixi is a 17-foot high, 27 ton Chinese marble stele with a turtle pedestal located at Harvard University, north of Boylston Hall and west of Widener Library in Harvard Yard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The stele was presented to the university by the Chinese Harvard Alumni for its Tercentenary in September 1936.

Muse Bihi Abdi

Musa Bihi Abdi (Somali: Muuse Bixi Cabdi, Arabic: موسى بيهي عبدي‎) (born 1948 in Hargeisa, British Somaliland) is a Somaliland politician and former military officer who has been President of Somaliland since December 2017. During the 1970s, he served as a pilot in the Somali Air Force under the Siad Barre administration. In 2010, Bihi was appointed the Chairman of the ruling Kulmiye in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. In November 2015, Bihi was selected as the party's Presidential Candidate at the 5th annual central committee convention. On November 21, 2017 Muse Bihi was announced the winner of the 2017 presidential election. He officially became President of Somaliland on December 13, 2017.

Nice Ride Minnesota

Nice Ride Minnesota is a seasonally operated nonprofit bicycle sharing system in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota based on the BIXI brand created by Public Bike System Company and first used in Montreal. Launched on June 10, 2010, it served over 10,000 trips in its first month and reached 100,817 rides in the first season of operation. The bicycles in the system are manufactured by Cycles Devinci. They are painted fluorescent green and include a cargo carrier and headlights. They receive daily maintenance, and are redistributed throughout the system via truck.The system presently offers 1,700 bicycles for rent at 190 kiosks in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. The solar-powered kiosks are distributed throughout much of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Bike availability can be checked in real-time via smartphone or an online map. In the long term, the network is intended to cover most of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Nice Ride operates from the first week of April through the first week of November. The bikes and stations are removed during the winter in order to protect them from damage (particularly corrosion from road salt) and make way for snow plows.

PBSC Urban Solutions

PBSC Urban Solutions, formerly the Public Bike System Company (French: Société de Vélo en Libre-Service), is a corporation based in Longueuil, Quebec that manufactures and supplies bicycle-sharing systems, equipment, parts, and software to cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Australia. The company has supplied close to 47,000 bikes and 3,800 stations to 15 cities and two university campuses.Public Bike System Company (PBSC) was initially created by the City of Montreal to supply and operate its public bike share system under the brand BIXI (later becoming BIXI Montréal), which was introduced in May 2009 with 3,000 bicycles and 300 stations. The name BIXI is a portmanteau of BIcycle and taXI. In 2010, PBSC exported the BIXI brand of bike share systems to Minneapolis, London, Washington D.C and Melbourne. The company later provided systems to Boston and Toronto in 2011, Chattanooga in 2012, New York City, the Stony Brook University, Aspen, San Francisco, Chicago and Columbus in 2013.

At the end of 2013, PBSC began having financial problems that led to the company filing for bankruptcy in early 2014. Bruno Rodi purchased the international division in April 2014 and renamed the company PBSC Urban Solutions. (Montreal's on-the-ground BIXI bike-share operations were not included in the sale and were reorganized under the BIXI Montréal name.) He then sold the majority share to Luc Sabbatini in January 2015, who became CEO. Since then, PBSC Urban Solutions has extended its activity in Mexico with the Huizi system in Toluca, has signed a contract in Honolulu and has extended its activities in Chicago, Guadalajara and Toronto.

Pedestal

A pedestal (from French piédestal, Italian piedistallo, "foot of a stall") or plinth is the support of a statue or a vase.

Robotics Design Inc

Robotics Design Inc. is a company that designs and builds modular robots, founded and incorporated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1997. The company produces mobile robots, robotic manipulators and manual arms as well as custom solutions using modular robotic technology. The company developed the BIXI bike dock, a public bike system, and the ADC (Automatic Deployable Container), a deployable structure container for quick deployment of housing, hospitals and other buildings.

Venetian cuisine

Venetian cuisine, from the city of Venice, Italy

or more widely from the region of Veneto, has a centuries-long history and differs significantly from other cuisines of northern Italy (notably Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol), of neighbouring Austria and of Slavic countries (notably Slovenia and Croatia), despite sharing some commonalities.

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