How Peach Blossoms convinced me to stay on Chinese TV



How Peach Blossoms convinced me to stay on Chinese TV

As a foreigner in China you always feel a bit like a celebrity or a pink unicorn. Constant stares, people pointing with the finger at you and screaming “foreigner” 老外. I have decided to counteract this phenomenon by putting me …

Chinese Cross-stitch 十字绣: It’s not just for old people, you know?



Chinese Cross-stitch 十字绣: It’s not just for old people, you know?

“Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is often executed on easily countable evenweave fabric called aida cloth. (Wikipedia.com)”

Cross stitch is one …

Another Kind of Language Barrier



Another Kind of Language Barrier

The question of which language to use in an intercultural relationship usually solves itself naturally. In our case we exclusively communicate in Mandarin Chinese.

 

When I met my husband a few years ago my Chinese was already fairly good, …

Cross-stitched shoe insoles 十字绣鞋垫: Make your shoes look better from the inside than from the outside



Cross-stitched shoe insoles 十字绣鞋垫: Make your shoes look better from the inside than from the outside

Because I am really into the cross-stitch art, last year my aunty (大姨) introduced me to another embroidery art which seems to be very popular in Niuji village where my in-laws live.

I have seen some Chinese insoles stitched with …

Bottoms up! – Chinese drinking etiquette



Bottoms up! – Chinese drinking etiquette

For thousands of years wine has been used in rituals to worship gods and pay respects to ancestors in China. Today, this custom has weakened, but Chinese drinking culture is very much alive, being a sign of respect, fellowship and …

Chinese New Year’s Superstitions: 10 Don’ts



Chinese New Year’s Superstitions: 10 Don’ts

In modern times many superstitious believes and traditions have been discarded. Most of China’s modern urban population and the younger generation have stopped believing and following the old ways. However, most rural areas in China and the older generations still …

Spring Festival’s Tofu Day: A Whole Day dedicated to the Delicious Bean Curd



Spring Festival’s Tofu Day: A Whole Day dedicated to the Delicious Bean Curd

Today is the 25th day of the 12th month of the Chinese lunar year (腊月二十五), five more days till Chinese New Year’s Eve. Today most people start with their food preparations for the Spring Festival, because according to …

5 Disappearing Chinese New Year’s Traditions which are still very much Alive in Niuji Village



5 Disappearing Chinese New Year’s Traditions which are still very much Alive in Niuji Village

Some people might call Niuji Village backward. Located in the northern part of Anhui province, Niuji Village could as well be a village from the time the dynasties still existed in China.

Even though I complain about the cold in

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