Author Archives: herschelian

About herschelian

Recently moved to Beijing from London - its all new to me! Trying to learn Chinese, and what makes this city tick.

Yangzhou chao fan – everybody loves eating it.

When we were staying in Yangzhou last week I knew there was one dish we HAD to eat, and that was Yangzhou chao fan  扬州炒饭 which translates as Yangzhou fried rice.  This is the dish that Yangzhou has given to the … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week – 5

lǎo pó shì bié rén de liàng 老婆是别人的靓 Your neighbour’s wife looks prettier than your own. Or, as we would say ‘The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’. I know some people who are always … Continue reading

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The flowers that bloom in Yangzhou – tra la!

This past weekend has been the Qingming festival and is a national public holiday, so the DH and I, together with another couple, decided to make the most of the time and travelled south from Beijing to visit the ancient … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week: 4

shŏu zhū dài tù 守 株 待 兔 Man who waits for roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait a very, very long time. What does this mean?  Well apart from the obvious that the man is a … Continue reading

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Qing Ming Jie – time for tomb sweeping

Tomorrow is Qing Ming Jie 清明节, which literally translates as ‘Clear Bright Festival’. It is one of the major Chinese festivals, in English it is often called ‘Tomb Sweeping Day’.  As it always held on the 1st day of the … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week: 3

  Bù rù hǔxuè, yāndé hǔ zǐ? 不入虎穴,焉得虎子 If you don’t enter the tiger’s den, how will you get the tiger cub? Or, as we would say: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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Chop it to make it legal

Do you know what a ‘chop’ is in China?  (hint: it is NOT a cut of meat).                                   It is a  carved seal bearing the name of the individual, company, Provincial government, government department etc. Chops have been used for thousands … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week (2)

Bu guan hei mao bai  mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao! 不管黑貓白貓能捉老鼠都是好貓! No matter if it is a black cat or a white cat, if it catches mice it is a good cat! Chinese people … Continue reading

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Cucumber and Pine nut salad with Spicy Dressing

It is ages since I posted a recipe, which is strange really as I do a lot of cooking both for ourselves and for when we entertain, and love finding and trying to recreate new dishes. Needless to say, living … Continue reading

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Chinese Proverbs

Tian gao, Huangdi yuan. 天高皇帝远  Heaven is high, and the Emperor is far away This is the first Chinese proverb I ever heard used and completely understood;  and to my mind it encapsulates China and the way it is governed. … Continue reading

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