Monthly Archives: January 2013

Eating eight-treasure porridge for a lucky year

One of China’s lesser known festivals has just come and gone. Lajie 腊八节 or Laba Festival, which is held on the 8th day of the last month in the lunar calendar, and is part of the build-up towards Chunjie (Spring … Continue reading

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A Magical Fish and Golden Slippers – China’s Cinderella

I am fascinated by how various folk/fairy tales occur in widely different parts of the world and yet have a very similar stories, and none has surprised me more than the Tale of Yeh Xian (Yeh Shan),  the Chinese Cinderella. … Continue reading

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Doing China a flavour

The Chinese love snacking (don’t we all) and potato crisps/chips are very, very popular here and are sold everywhere.  The  US manufacturer Lay’s Chips (Walker’s Crisps in the UK) is one of the biggest brands in the market, and has … Continue reading

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Holding my breath

For the past few days the air pollution here in Beijing has been at record levels. Yesterday it was absolutely frightful – at midday we could not see from one side of the street to the other, everything was shrouded … Continue reading

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Repeat after me: ‘Rhino horn is NOT medicine’

Last night I was in a real fury of rage and frustration.  The reason was a small classified advertisement I stumbled across when browsing through the current issue of City Weekend magazine – a fortnightly events magazine not unlike Time … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – Version 1

Well here we are again at the start of another year having shuffled off all the highs and lows of 2012.  A squeaky-clean, un-touched year rolls out ahead of us, and I for one do not intend to mar it … Continue reading

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