Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (7)

Dan Fish Physical Description: A fish surrounded by a red light whenever it appears. Special Properties: Smearing one’s feet with its blood allows one to walk on water. Fire Mouse (aka Firelight Beast) Physical Description: Same as a normal mouse Special Properties: Humans can weave clothes out of its skin. After burning, it is possibleContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (7)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (14)- Feng Liao

Who is she: The first official female diplomat in ancient China  Notable Life Events: Actual birth date and date of death both unknown but active around the long reign of Emperor Wu of the Western Han dynasty  In 101 BC, she accompanied the second Han princess to be married off to the Wusun king forContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (14)- Feng Liao”

Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (7)

This is the last of my flora compendium so it’s a bit short but enjoy:  Meng Tree Physical Description: A tree resembling the locust tree in shape, bears yellow flowers but no fruits. Special Properties: Consuming it will help you to tell right from wrong. Niu Shang Physical Description: A plant whose leaves are shapedContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Flora (7)”

Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (6)

Water Monkey Physical Description: A bipedal creature Special Properties: While its main diet is fish and prawns, it will occasionally pull humans asunder and soak the blood from the carcass The Three Carcass Physical Description: The three types of worms that reputedly exist within human bodies according to Taoism. The upper worm Peng Ju isContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A selection of Mythical Fauna (6)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (13)- Huang Chong Xia

Who is she: A real historical figure known to have passed herself as a man for long periods of time. I know most of you would say that Mulan is far more famous but the original reference to Mulan came from a long poem starring her and other than that, there is no evidence thatContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (13)- Huang Chong Xia”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (6)

Bai Gao Physical Description: A tree that looks like paper mulberry but has red patterns. Special Properties: Its sap looks like paint but tastes sweet. Those who eat it will feel full in the stomach and have their tiredness relieved. It can also be used to dye stones and jades. Jia Fruit Physical Description: AContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (6)”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (5)

Ao (pronounced ou as in ouch)  Physical Description: A massive turtle  Special Properties: None   Lore: When Nu Wa mended the hole in the sky, she was said to have broken off the four legs of an Ao to mark the furthest point in the four directions. There are also a legend of there being threeContinue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Fauna (5)”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (12)- Zhongli Chun (Zhong Wu Yan)

Who is she: One of the Four Greatest Uglies  Wife to the Lord of the Kingdom of Qi in the period of the Warring States  The actual historical figure’s name is Zhongli Chun but in dramas and movies she more often go by the name of the Zhong Wu Yan Notable Life Events: Still unmarriedContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (12)- Zhongli Chun (Zhong Wu Yan)”

Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (5)

Qi Physical Description: A tree that looks like populus with red patterns, with tree sap the colour of blood and does not bear fruits. Special Properties: Coating a horse with its tree sap can tame it. Di Wu Physical Description: A barbed tree whose leaves are shaped like peppers and bears red fruits. Special Properties:Continue reading “Chinese Lore- A Selection of Mythical Flora (5)”

Nuances of the Chinese language (3)- Sampled Dialect Differences

This is probably the last of this set of serial posts. So I’ve talked about how three different dialects of Chinese sound like to me in the very first post. Today I will provide some concrete examples so you can see for yourself how different each is.  Example 1: Different units for a kiss  TheContinue reading “Nuances of the Chinese language (3)- Sampled Dialect Differences”