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.

Grass Mud Horse – banning puns in China

Warning! This blog post contains some obscene language, don’t read on if you are of  a sensitive disposition or easily offended. At the beginning of December, the State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the Chinese … Continue reading

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Fish Fragrant Aubergine – My version

The first thing you need to know about this dish is that no fishes are involved!  It has this name because the combination of ingredients and the method of making the dish are very similar to some fish recipes.  It … Continue reading

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Divorce Lawyers – they’re a big hit here.

A week or two ago I noticed something a little odd happening at the front entrance of our building. There was a group of young people (mostly young women) all standing with their backs to the entrance doors and taking … Continue reading

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Salmon ‘fishing’ on the Great Wall of China

One section of the Great Wall of China runs along the peaks of the Yanshan mountains to the north of Beijing. In one of the ravines running down the southern side of the mountains, immediately below the wall, there is … Continue reading

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Bodysnatchers in China

In Scotland during the early 1800s, there was a problem with ‘Bodysnatchers‘ or, as they were also called, ‘Resurrection Men’.  These people would remove recently buried corpses from graves by night, and sell them to surgeons at the medical schools … Continue reading

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The changing role of women published on Chinausfocus.com

Originally posted on lijia zhang's blog:
Lijia Zhang Writer, Journalist and Public Speaker Subscribe to new articles by Lijia Zhang Lijia Zhang is a writer, journalist and public speaker. She describes herself as a communicator between China and the…

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfullness in Mutianyu

A few weekends ago the DH and I, together with other friends, had a weekend away at a place called Mutianyu.                                                                                                                      Mutianyu is a village which nestles in a ravine on the southern slopes of the Yanshan Mountains, some 70 … Continue reading

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