Monthly Archives: August 2010

Man cannot live by bread alone

But on the other hand, this woman cannot live entirely without bread. Now the thing is, on the whole the Chinese don’t eat bread. Or at least they don’t eat what I call bread.  ‘Western style’ chinese bakers shops have … Continue reading

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Chinese Valentine’s Day and the Magpie Bridge

Last week was what the Chinese consider their equivalent of Valentine’s Day, and it is much less commercial than the Valentine’s Day we are used to in the West. It is called Qixi – the Night of Sevens , an … Continue reading

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Fancy a cuppa? a quick teatorial

China has been producing and drinking tea for over 4000 years, which is quite a long time by anyone’s reckoning.   As you might imagine from such a long history they take tea, and tea drinking very seriously indeed.  In fact … Continue reading

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Eighteen layers of Hell

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Dongyue Temple. It was a glorious summer’s day and I was amazed to find I had the place virtually to myself. It is located not far from where we are living in … Continue reading

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Oodles of Noodles

Its time for another restaurant review, and this time it’s a Shanxi restaurant.  Shanxi (not to be confused with Shaanxi) is an inland province to the south west of Beijing, in a region famous for its cereal crops.  It is … Continue reading

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A Bookworm at The Bookworm

Those of you who know me personally will know that above all other things I am a greedy reader. I am also a fast reader and can munch my way through a book in double-quick time.  When I knew I … Continue reading

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