Monthly Archives: January 2012

Song of the Day – Shanghai’s ChaCha

Her muzik here.

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Chinese Language Prank

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Wim Delvoye and the Tattooed Chinese Pigs

It’s Saturday morning and I’m surrounded by complete silence. Something I’d have never imagined before this Chinese New Year. Last year, living in the heart of town, I managed to spot a few living souls walking around. Now, so far … Continue reading

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What Not to Ask Shanghai’s Magic Number – Five True Stories

Shanghai Call Centre, aka Magic number #962288 – free, 24/7). Most foreigners, yours truly included, call them from taxis, when they don’t have a print-out so the driver can be told properly how to get to a venue. They speak: Mandarin, English, French, … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Celebration at my School

Here are some pictures I took 2 weeks ago, when my school staff said good-bye to the old year and left for their annual break for a week or two. The amazing thing was that these are people I see … Continue reading

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Fú! (Good Luck)

The “fu” (luck) symbol is often posted upside down, mostly in shop and restaurant windows. In Chinese the “reversed fu” is homophonic with “fu dao le”, meaning “fu arrived”. It’s the only Chinese character they’d put upside down and it’s a … Continue reading

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15 Days of the Chinese Spring Festivities Explained

Happy New Year of the Water Dragon! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Gōng hè xīn xǐ!  Today is the third day of the Spring festivities and I’m naturally still in a special mood. All shops play Jingle Bells (!) and Gonxi Facai on … Continue reading

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