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)”

Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (3)

Li Tree Physical Description: A tree with square leaves and yellow flowers that sprouts tiny floss on their petals. Special Properties: The fruits it bears are fist-sized. Consuming them will greatly improve one’s memory, might even make someone attain photographic memory. Zhi Chu Physical Description: A plant that looks like okra except that it hasContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (3)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (7)- Fu Shan Xiang

Who is she: The first and only female Zhuang yuan (the one with the highest score who sat the examination for scholars to become government officials) in ancient China Notable Life Events: Born in 1833 in Nanjing to a scholarly family, which quickly fell into poverty after both of her parents died when she wasContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (7)- Fu Shan Xiang”

Ancient Chinese naming practice

Today I want to discuss ancient Chinese naming practice since I have a personal fascination with names both in terms of their meaning and how they sound to the ears. This tends to apply to a lesser degree to English than my native language of Chinese but I still tend to grope for the rightContinue reading “Ancient Chinese naming practice”