Author Archives: herschelian

About herschelian

Recently moved to Beijing from London - its all new to me! Trying to learn Chinese, and what makes this city tick.

Hao jiu bu jian! 好久不见 Long time no see!

It has been a long time since I blogged. There are umpteen reasons why, but mostly because I was away from China for 2+ months, the whole of August and September. So what was I doing during that time?  I … Continue reading

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Guanyin – China’s Goddess of Compassion and Mercy

Many years ago when I visited Hong Kong for the first time I went on a sight-seeing tour and saw, for the first time, a huge statue of the Goddess Guanyin (观自在).  For some reason I got the impression that … Continue reading

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How Much is that Doggie on the Menu?

I can’t count the number of times that people have asked me about the Chinese eating dog. It is often amongst the first things people want to know when asking about my life in China: ‘have you ever eaten dog?‘ … Continue reading

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The Year of the Shanghai Shark

It is ages since I wrote a book review, about time I remedied that! The Year of the Shanghai Shark by Mo Zhi Hong  is a wonderful lighthearted yet thoughtful depiction of an adolescent growing up in modern China. The … Continue reading

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No smoking in Beijing

From today the most draconian anti-smoking legislation comes into force in Beijing.  There have been months of propaganda leading up to today, and after many attempts to control smoking in China (all of which have failed) the Beijing authorities hope … Continue reading

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Grabbing the future

Tomorrow is my younger grandson’s 1st birthday, a time for fun and rejoicing at having this special little chap in our family.  Alas, because we live in China and he lives in India, we will not be with him on … Continue reading

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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! – especially the Cote d’Azur!

Company outings never sound much fun do they?  A few coaches (char-a-bancs as they used to  be called in the UK) picked you up and you start off with a sing-song as you headed to Brighton or Blackpool for a … Continue reading

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