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The pictures show 2 things that Chinese people use to exercise their bodies and minds and then one thing that I saw one person do but I'm not sure if more people do it as well.
Pictures 1-3: while walking to find a place to eat, I found these women dancing. I have no idea what the dance is called but they were so good and the music was so festive that I couldn't help but take their picture. This was at the parking lot of one of the malls on Xinjiekou Nandajie.
Picture 4: this man was trying to keep a dreidel turning with 2 strings. Whenever the dreidel was spinning, it was making a weird (to me) sound. The picture was taken at Temple of Heaven park.
Picture 5: this woman was pedaling a child size tricycle of the sort. She was to change direction as another woman walking behind her would clap, and with each clap she would turn left or right. She was sitting on the tricycle in the opposite way a child would and I think she was working on her balance, hearing and coordination. The picture was also taken at Temple of Heaven park.
Updated Dec 1, 2009
A particularly fun activity - and one which you can tell disbelieving friends back home - is skating on the frozen moat of the Forbidden City. The entrance is in Zhongshan Park and you can rent skates there for a couple of hundred kuai deposit. It can get very busy in at the weekends, but it is a good way to warm up.
Written Jan 30, 2004
This has happened to me many times ,mostly in restaurant or hotel ...when I require a favour which I consider is logical and human , the staff can easily reply me with " not possible madam" .
Most of the times I had to call their supervisor or manager and talk with them directly , they are more flexiable and care more about customer satisfaction! Things may changed in the positive way !
We should remeber the slogon in Chinese " Customer is god" ....
Be patient !
Written Feb 26, 2004
It was kind of funny to see, as each time we were passing one of the many gates in the Forbidden City in Beijing, all the Chinese visitors were rubbing the big door knobs,
It must be some kind of superstition, as they believe that rubbing these door knobs will bring good luck.
It is also funny to see that the rubbed door knobs are really shining and the higher ones have a darker colour as these knobs can not be reached
Written Jan 15, 2005
What do Beijing and Amsterdam have in common? There are not as many channels in Beijing as in Amsterdam, but many bikes and bikers can be found in both cities. What else? Have a look at picture 2 and you will know. Yes, I was very surprised to find show windows with women here in Beijing, as the communist Party, long time ago banished prostitution and I thought it could not be that “public”. But times are changing, it seems, and money is money, so I guess these activities are allowed.
No it is not a phantasm, the girls made very explicit signs to me when I passed by, and they did hide when they saw my camera, I just had time to make one picture showing them.
Main picture: Biker in Beijing, from biker’s perspective, quite a very common view in both Amsterdam and Beijing.
Picture 2:This is a show window for some special activities; I have put this in local customs, but I am not sure this custom is local; but I wouldn’t dare to post this in “things to do”! Picture taken on Deshengmennei Dajie.
Written Apr 24, 2007
There Forbidden City is not only a palace and administrative building of the late Ming and Qing Dynasty, it incorporates the elements of Chinese beliefs in fengshui (geomancy) as well in fortification in protection against attacks.
The Forbidden City is surrounded by a deep moat and different sections are separated by high walls.
The layout of the palace is in a north-south direction. The southern section is for the public to meet the Empeor while the northern section is for the Emperor and his family. There are no trees or potential hidding places for assasins in the south section but in the north section, there is a garden with trees for the Emperor's concubines and relatives.
Many of the beams and construction used nine or multiples of nines as nine in Chinese "jiu" sounds like longevity. The basic five elements of fire, earth, wind, metal and wood is also represented.
To appreciate the Forbidden City fully is to appreciate the Chinese culture and beliefs.
Written Aug 20, 2007
The dazibaos are not what they used to be !!
They were created for “free” expression of “citizens”, political education and information, now. . . it is financial information. . . times have changed. . . .
Well it is a bit a silly thought, but I am not sure this kind of Dazibao is better than the former ones.
Written Apr 24, 2007
Do not be surprised if people on the street cover their mouths and noses as they walk past you. Because the Chinese diet does not include anywhere near as many dairy products as the west, we give off a very distinctive odour which they find unpleasant.
Updated Jan 5, 2004
Culture guidance is in fact : look at the picture
-not only to the young girl dirty old men ! but to the difference : the selling woman of local ice but with a mask to protect against air pollution - the person on the left - protecting against - no serious - old and young meets in Beijing ! But it can take some years !
i think the protest of students a few years ago on this square was a revolution !! And opened China - the economics - the culture - the world opinion about freedom !
Updated May 6, 2003
Liulichang is an antique street in Beijing which is famous for curio trade. Today, it is become to culture express typical street in Beijng. You may find most old Beijing's culture activities as chiseling seal. In the past, people espacially intellectual and officer have stone seal called "Zhang" in Chinese. It is different from seals today we use. Chiselling characters on a stone like jade and carnelian is not a easy stuff. Not only chisel without mistake, but also chisel beautiful style. It is definitely is a hard skill. So, if you walk on Liulichang, why not chisel one your own seal.
Written May 21, 2006
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