Nuances of the Chinese language (2)- Family Relationships

In direct contrast with English, there are a lot more distinct terms for describing immediate and extended family relationships. There are separate terms of an elder versus younger sibling as well as delineations of whether the relationship originates from the fraternal versus the maternal side.  Now before I actually start, note that I’m mostly stickingContinue reading “Nuances of the Chinese language (2)- Family Relationships”

Nuances of the Chinese language (1)- Written versus Spoken

This new serial post is actually inspired by the fact two Internet friends asked me about the Chinese language, separately but with a coincidental timing that was very close to each other.  So let’s start with the basics. First, we have to distinguish with the written language and the spoken language. There are only twoContinue reading “Nuances of the Chinese language (1)- Written versus Spoken”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (10)- Wen Xiu

Who is she: Once concubine to the Last Emperor of China Puyi, otherwise known as Consort Shu or the Good-hearted Consort Notable Life Events: Born on 20th of December, 1909, to a Mongolian family that was part of the Manchurian Eight Flag army  Entered Puyi’s Court at the age of 12 as Consort Shu (itContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (10)- Wen Xiu”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (4)

Blue Snake (aka Southern Snake) Physical Description: A fairly normal snake (further details unknown) Special Properties: Its head contains a strong poison but its tail can serve as a poison antidote. Lore: It was said that people living south of ancient China* has managed to create a very strong poison known as the Blue PoisonContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (4)”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (4)

Tiao Grass Physical Description: A plant that looks like sunflower with red flowers and yellow fruits. Its fruits look like babies’ tongues. Special Properties: Consuming its fruits can make increase your willpower, making you less susceptible to deceit and temptations. Ghost Grass Physical Description: A grass that looks like the oil sunflower, with a redContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (4)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (9)- Li Qing Zhao

Who is she: Probably the most famous female poet across ancient Chinese history (there had been a number of other women known for poetry such as Ban Zhao but they were all way before her times. I’m not sure but I think her poetry work survived the most).   Notable Life Events: Born in 1084 duringContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (9)- Li Qing Zhao”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (3)

Tiao Fish Physical Description: A fish that looks like a four-headed chicken with red feathers, six feet and three tails. Its call sounds like that of the magpie. Special Properties: Consuming its meat is a cure for anxiety. Heng Gong Fish Physical Description: A 1.5-1.6m long fish that looks like a carp that is redContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (3)”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (2)

Ri Ji Physical Description: A normal cow Special Properties: Its meat (up to 2-3 Chinese pounds in weight) will grow back fully the day after being cut off with a knife. Lore: A species supposedly local to the area now known as the province of Gan Su Dan Prawn Physical Description: A giant prawn asContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (2)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (8)- Xu Zhao Pei

Who is she: The first divorced wife of a royalty (in death) Was associated with the idiom “Mistress Xu was half-old” referring to a woman past her prime but still charming Notable Life Events: Born to a line of prominent officials (her grandfather was the Prime Minister and her father was also a high rankingContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (8)- Xu Zhao Pei”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (1)

South Sea Butterfly (aka Hundred Illusions Butterfly) Physical Description: A huge butterfly that still weighs about 80g after its massive wingspans are cut off Lore: It is said that sailors of South Sea had once encountered something as massive as a sail that fluttered by and hit the sails on their ship. They hit thisContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (1)”