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Qing Ming Jie – time for tomb sweeping

Tomorrow is Qing Ming Jie 清明节, which literally translates as ‘Clear Bright Festival’. It is one of the major Chinese festivals, in English it is often called ‘Tomb Sweeping Day’.  As it always held on the 1st day of the … Continue reading

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Eating eight-treasure porridge for a lucky year

One of China’s lesser known festivals has just come and gone. Lajie 腊八节 or Laba Festival, which is held on the 8th day of the last month in the lunar calendar, and is part of the build-up towards Chunjie (Spring … Continue reading

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Dragon Boat Festival and little green pyramids – making zongzi

I’m back in Beijing again, and just in time for Duanwu Jie aka The Dragon Boat Festival which takes place on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month each year.  As with every Chinese festival, there is a specific … Continue reading

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All’s Fair at Spring Festival

We decided to start our Chunjie Celebrations by going to the Ditan Yuan Temple Fair on Chinese New Year’s Eve which was the opening day. The festival runs for 10 days, and we were told that as it is the … Continue reading

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Chinese Valentine’s Day and the Magpie Bridge

Last week was what the Chinese consider their equivalent of Valentine’s Day, and it is much less commercial than the Valentine’s Day we are used to in the West. It is called Qixi – the Night of Sevens , an … Continue reading

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Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly…

Right, hands up those who associate lavender growing with Provençe;  and now, hands up those of you who associate it with Norfolk.    Now, hands up everyone who associates it with China…ok, I didn’t either. Of course Chinese medicine uses lavender, … Continue reading

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