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”

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”

Remarkable Women in Ancient China (6)- Liu Ru Shi

Who is she: One of the Eight Beauties of Qin Huai, essentially eight prominent prostitutes of the late Ming era (Qin Huai is the name of a river in Nanjing, it was a red light district back then with brothels operating on boats) famed for poetry, painting and beauty  A highly patriotic woman  Notable LifeContinue reading “Remarkable Women in Ancient China (6)- Liu Ru Shi”

Beliefs about Numbers in Ancient China

I decided to write a post about a Chinese fun fact today and having no ideas, I Goggled it. What caught my eyes was number superstition. So today I am going to trace back the beliefs about numbers (or rather single digits since I want to limit the scope of this post) in ancient China:Continue reading “Beliefs about Numbers in Ancient China”

Chinese Punctuation

In general, I think of myself as pretty familiar with Chinese culture. But it was not until I read a Chinese online novel in the last few years that I learnt the following (you never know what you would learn randomly with novels!): in ancient days, there was no such thing as punctuation in Chinese!Continue reading “Chinese Punctuation”