Monthly Archives: April 2014

Chinese proverb of the week: 7

Duì niú tán qín 对 牛 弹 琴 Play a harp before a cow   This is the Chinese equivalent to our expression ‘cast pearls before swine’ – that is to say, don’t offer something of value to someone who … Continue reading

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Hanging Devils

I love reading crime fiction.  Since my teenage years I’ve worked my way through many of the great and lesser writers in the genre, from Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, and John D Macdonald all the way … Continue reading

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Chinese proverb of the week: 6

Tóng bìng xiāng lián 同 病 相怜 Patients with similar conditions empathise with each other I think this is the equivalent of the English saying:  ‘Misery loves company’.                      This is a proverb that has two possible interpretations. The first is … Continue reading

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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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