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Qingming festival 2012

It’s Qingming (“Tomb-Sweeping”) festival today, but it’s my day off anyway and miserable weather outside, so little to report. Last year, though, we went down to Hubei to visit V’s ancestral hometowns, tend to tombs, etc, and it was quite … Continue reading

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Things in China – Frost spider tree

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Things in China – Cabbage and hotpot

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Things in China – Year of the snake

Midnight in Tongzhou Zai Zai, born 12.07am, Chinese New Year’s Day

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Poor health

It’s the Chinese New Year holiday, and I’m just finishing three days off work, but unfortunately things haven’t really gone to plan, and we’ve been unable to do almost any of the planned activities. Still, at this point we’re just … Continue reading

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Things in China – “We are Americans”

It’s not really fair to laugh at someone’s poor English when my Chinese is so bad (or fair in any case, come to think of it), especially when it’s some poor woman just looking for a job, but she is … Continue reading

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Things in China – ‘Love Toilet’, Xishuangbanna Airport

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Things in China – Fibreglass statue of ET outside my apartment

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Try Not To Breathe

Coming back from three weeks in (mainly) sunny Yunnan province, we were both aware that we’d have to return to the cold of a Beijing winter. Reports from friends suggested that it was getting close to minus 20 at night-time, … Continue reading

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Winter in the old place

So, we’ve moved back in with V’s parents, suddenly and without much warning. Her sister, currently seven months pregnant, decided she wanted her flat back, and that was pretty much that. Fortunately the two houses are ten minutes walk away … Continue reading

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