Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sit or squat?

I recently had the pleasure of a dear friend and her sister visiting me in Beijing at the start of their first trip to China, they were blown away by much of what they saw.                           They had endless questions about … Continue reading

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Sizzling sausages – the best bangers in Beijing !

Much as one may love eating Hong shao rou  红烧肉 and xīhóngshì chǎo jīdàn 西红柿炒鸡蛋, not to mention Běijīng kǎoyā 北京烤鸭, there are times when we expats long for a taste of home.  Good quality western-style bacon is not always … Continue reading

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‘One, two, three – aubergine!’ …taking photos in China

Yi, er, san,  qiezi !’ This is what the  Chinese say when taking a photograph. Qiezi being the Chinese word for aubergine/eggplant/brinjal.  It is their equivalent of saying ‘one, two, three – cheese!’ meaning ‘give me a big smile’. When … Continue reading

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Awarding medals for friendship

My husband and I experienced two truly extraordinary days last week, and I am still trying to absorb the whole thing.  The reason was that he was one of 50 people from 20 countries  being given the Chinese Friendship Award.  … Continue reading

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