Monthly Archives: March 2014

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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Twinkle toes!

When one is young, one doesn’t really give one’s feet much thought – they are just there –  conveniently placed at the end of your legs. And whilst I’m on the subject of legs –  what the hell happened to … Continue reading

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Going bananas about being called a banana

Over the past few days a bit of a brouhaha has blown up in the western media – particularly the American media – about an article written in one of the ‘official’ English language newspapers here in China. The controversial … Continue reading

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Lucky day for a haircut

Here in China it has long been thought that the luckiest day of the year to get your hair cut is longtaitou 龙抬头 (meaning ‘Dragon raises its head’ )  also known as ‘er yue er‘ 二月二. This festival is always … Continue reading

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