Nanjing Local Customs

  • Horse, Stone Elephant Road Sacred way
    Horse, Stone Elephant Road Sacred way
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  • Horse, Stone Elephant Road Sacred way
    Horse, Stone Elephant Road Sacred way
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    Elephant, Stone Elephant Road Sacred way
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    Funny signs 2

    by sugarpuff Written Jan 26, 2004

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    No THATS  a scary thought!

    Saw this as I was about to go up the escalator, so just HAD to take a photo! I wasnt too sure if this was a spelling mistake or whether it really was a floor of men's ***e, so i quickly opted out of going up!!!!

    I might not have been lucky enough to come back down!!!!

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    Funny signs 1

    by sugarpuff Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    Lucky old conk!

    For the average person learning English, I doubt this would be in the exercise book. it made me laugh how the Chinese use certain translations for things which we wouldnt dream of using!

    Question..who comes up with these translations, and how much do they get paid?!!!!

    Just realised the picture hasnt come out well.It says on the packet 'Herbal Conk Mask'!

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    Washing hung up on the line

    by albaaust Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    Washing hung up on tree at the foot of the bridge

    It was very interesting to read about the controversy about the Nanjing Bridge and the documentary made by the Italian filmmaker Antonioni in relation to the filming of the bridge and people's washing lines.

    What was the first thing I saw at the foot of the bridge as we went to walk up on it but washing hung out in the middle of the busy road on a tree leading to the bridge.

    Where the owner was who knows but there it was. Bit poetic/ironic given the history of the bridge don't you think? ...and I am not making this up!!

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    The most delicious food offered by Autumn

    by we2364 Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    Steamed Crab

    During the autumn time(from Sep to Nov), the local people have the custom to eat the river crab.

    The best crab is breeded in a lake called Yang Cheng Hu, located in the city of Kunshan where is not far from Shanghai.

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    Waterside Pavilions..

    by marsistanbul Written May 15, 2009

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    Waterside pavillions are built near the water to enable visitors to view and enjoy the scenery.During the Warring States Period,an open structure built on a terrace was called a pavillion.Because the Chinese character for pavillion is similar to the Chinese character for shoot,a pavillion has both a military and a sightseeing context.
    In the literature of the Qin and Han Dynasties,there were records of "high pavillions and beautiful palaces"and "tiers upon tiers of terraces and pavillions".
    After the Han Dynasty,pavillions were built near water and gardens,and they became structure in which people could rest.
    A waterside pavillion is a simple,one-storey structure that sticks out of a slope and is supported over a patch of water by poles.It is open on four sides and with rails or seats on the side facing the water.

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    Horse & Elephant

    by cal6060 Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Horse:

    " The horse was part of the emperor's honor guard during court ceremonies of the Ming Dynasty. Therefore, stone horses were a must in front of the imperial tomb. With spirited eyes and proud look, they seem to be flaunting the merits of their imperial owner before death. "

    Elephant:

    " The stone elephants are featured by simplicity and vividness. Elephants were placed on the sacred way of imperial tombs are early as in the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220) and this practice continued in the Ming dynasty."

    Note From Signboard.

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    Unicorn & Ziezhi (Bear-eyed Unicorn)

    by cal6060 Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Xiezhi, Stone Elephant Road Sacred way
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    The unicorn:

    " The unicorn, an auspicious creature of ancient Chinese fantasy, integrates the features of the tiger, lion, ox and dragon. As the legend goes, it appeared only in the reign of the benevolent and wise emperor. Therefore, no one expect the emperor had it before his tomb. "

    Xiezhi :

    " Xiezhi, a bear-eyed unicorn, also named Renfashou, is a legendary animal standing for justice. It is said that Xiezhi can identify the evil person in a fight by hitting him with its horn. It is placed before the tomb to show uprightness. "

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    Camel & Lion

    by cal6060 Written Jun 8, 2012

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    Camel:

    "The practice of putting stone camels in front of a tomb was initiated after the completion of the Ming Tomb. By doing so the emperor intended to show off his national strength, and symbolize peace in the Western Regions ( inhabited by the minority nationalities) and prosperity of the nation. "

    Lion:

    " The lion is generally known as " King of all beasts" for its inborn agility and ferocity over other animals. It is honored in Buddhism as a holy beast protecting Buddhist doctrines. Stone lions in front of the imperial tomb demonstrate the emperor's unparalleled dignity and power. "

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    Playing the diabolo

    by we2364 Updated Jul 5, 2009

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    On the way back, I see several elder men playing the diabolo on the grass ground. Diabolo is a traditional sports game for locals.

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    Silk-Embroidery Factory.

    by Sharrie Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit a silk-embroidery factory. Here, everything is done by hands & feet. Interesting to observe how the ancient method has been preserved & still in use to this date.

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    My wife is a pearl.

    by GUYON Written Sep 7, 2002
    My wife is pearl

    My wife is a pearl. I can prove that. See in her hand.
    Photo shot in a freshwater pearl factory near Nanjing.

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