Monthly Archives: September 2011

Who lives in a place like this? Signs in China lost in translation

This is carved into a panel in the foyer of one of the many new – very expensive – apartment blocks here in China. The big question is, who would choose to live in a place like this – suggestions … Continue reading

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The Spidermen of Beijing

Today our windows were cleaned. It is great to look out at the city through sparkling clean glass. But I must admit I was somewhat anxious about the chaps who were doing the window-cleaning. We live on the 10th floor … Continue reading

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K: The Art of Love

This book, K:The Art of Love, by Hong Ying was first published in Chinese and translated into English by Nicky Harman and Henry Zhao, and it has a fascinating history of its own – indeed it has been described as … Continue reading

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Tones of voice – trying to learn Chinese

I’ve been learning Mandarin for 12 months now, and progress although steady is slow. My teacher is a delightful young woman who has an excellent reputation for getting older laowei like myself to speak putonghua (the people’s tongue – as … Continue reading

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