Tag Archives: China

祝你生日快乐

The one thing that we all know about as undeniably Chinese is Peking Duck. Clearly, not everyone has tried it but the majority of people would have heard of it. And, by the way, the word ‘Peking’ is the Cantonese … Continue reading

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Climbing the walls

Mao said “He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man!” I can now state, categorically, that, finally, at the grand old age I am turning next week, I am a true man. Last night, before … Continue reading

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Hope Dinner 2013

Well, it seems that my blog has now, mysteriously, become inaccessible. I was sure I didn’t say anything too controversial about the Chinese but, who knows…I can’t actually access it to find out. I am reduced to writing in Word … Continue reading

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The Emperor

Our hotel in Beijing doesn’t have room numbers. Instead, each room is named after a Chinese emperor. We are in the Shun Zhi room, very nicely on the ground floor. Very nicely, because there’s no lift in this four storey … Continue reading

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Day-z at the wheel

Last week I wrote a letter to the paper, complaining about the cars we saw while walking around the ‘car free’ Devil’s Punchbowl. I wasn’t sarcastic or too grumpy, I simply told it like it was. I finished off by … Continue reading

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Bank on it

I had no idea there was a Bank of England Museum. There definitely is, though, because I went there today. One of those lovely museums dotted anonymously throughout London. And just a little tidbit for Bob…the Bank of England that … Continue reading

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Chinese flag

When you decide to travel to Beijing, you have to apply for a visa. This means filling out a massive form with just about everything there could possibly be about you and your family for about 15 generations. It also … Continue reading

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Chinese tea

The image below is of a ritual wine cup. It’s not very big so you wouldn’t be getting drunk from any imbibing. It’s Chinese and was made somewhere between 1750 and 1800 during the Qing Dynasty. It is carved lacquer … Continue reading

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More junk

Today I once more plunged into the maze that is the relationship between Sir Fred and George Worcester. During the week, Nick (at work) discovered 14 watercolours, each depicting different Chinese marine vessels. There is some debate about whether George … Continue reading

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Chinese cultural exchange

Today I went into Sydney to spend the day with Karen, who I haven’t seen since last Christmas Day when she and Nigel flew away home. I really must say that she looked fantastic. I think Australia agrees with her…or … Continue reading

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