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About herschelian

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

The Dream of the Red Chamber – China’s Downton Abbey

‘The Story of the Stone’ by Cao Xueqin is more familiarly called ‘The Dream of the Red Chamber’ (DRC). Written in the mid 18th Century, it is considered one of the four ‘great’ literary works of China. In fact, I … Continue reading

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After months away, I’m back in Beijing!

It is over three months since I wrote a blog post – why? because I have been away from China; first I spent 10 happy days at Woods Hole on Cape Cod with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons. Then I … Continue reading

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Not such ‘lucky’ coins

Last week the Chinese media was busy commenting on the case of an elderly woman called Mrs Qiu, 80 years old and with limited mobility, she was going on her first flight accompanied by some family members. The flight was … Continue reading

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PANDA PORN

What I do to keep you all up to date with what is going on in China beggars belief. Recently I read -in the Chinese press –  about the latest initiative in the battle to get panda’s to procreate.  Bare … Continue reading

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Sunday roast – haunch of Chinese Water Deer?

Last weekend I was enjoying a skype chat with my old school friend Marj who now lives in Norfolk (UK); she mentioned that her partner had been given a piece of Chinese Water Deer (CWD) to cook by someone who … Continue reading

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Would you allow your kids to do this?

Over the time I have been blogging I have often mentioned the traffic in Beijing. The city has a population of well over 25 million (the government are trying to cut it back to 22 million as the total number) … Continue reading

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The USA has always had a love/hate relationship with China.

  Next week China’s president, Xi JinPing, is going on a Official Visit to the USA. Many Chinese are shocked that he will not be received at the White House, and that his meetings with President Donald Trump are to … Continue reading

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