Poem Cards Beat Waiting Blues

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Poem Cards Beat Waiting Blues

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Taipei is not that great for cycling. It is rarely possible to travel even a single mile without finding your route blocked by a big, wide, busy road. In consequence, when resident in the city around the turn of the millenium, I came up with the ‘poem card solution’ to banished the frustration of waiting […]

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The Yellow Emperor’s surname

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Chinese people sometimes exclaim “Great name!” upon hearing my Chinese name is Gongsun Hai. Gongsun is a rarity amongst Chinese surnames, and has the distinction of being one of those few formed by two characters, rather than a single one. Noteworthy Gongsuns? There was Gongsun Chou who couldn’t get enough of the wise words of […]

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New film about ‘China’s Hollywood’

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I have completed the first of my films to emerge from the material I collected on this year’s autumn trip to China. It features some of the attractions of “China’s Hollywood”, the scenic, historic town of Huanglongxi a river port forty miles or so south-southwest of Chengdu. As we near the end of the trail, […]

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Nostradamus Made Me Do It 明代法国预言家迫使我学习中文

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I’ll kick this ChinaChris.co.uk blog off with ‘Why I study Chinese’ – one of the two speeches I prepared for the oral ‘paper’ of my final exams in 1999. I am often asked “Why are you learning Chinese?” It’s not an easy question to answer as there is no single straightforward reason. There must be […]

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