I .M Pei (1917 – 2019) Summer vacation is around the corner – where would you visit this year? Chances are, you have probably seen, or heard, have been, or will be inside one of buildings designed by the architect we will talk about in this blog post. These are landmarks of top tourist destinations… Continue reading Buildings that bridge time
We have been talking about languages and translation in our last blog posts. This time, we want to talk about a language that goes beyond border – music. Many of our readers may be fans of classical music – if that is you, you are also likely to know the name Lang Lang, a contemporary… Continue reading Lang Lang and the Classical Music Market in China
“Slip carefully” is the Google Translate for 小心滑倒, a common sign in Chinese for “Caution, Slippery”. Hilarious fails aside, we have to say Chinese-English translation can be tricky. Sometimes, what seem to make sense logically from the translators’ point of view, is spectacularly wrong for the audience. Here are four most common reasons for translation… Continue reading Not so lost in Translation 2
Do you know the lucky colour red came from a folklore that involves a monster called "Year"?
Just as we are getting into the festive season here in Norway, people in China also have a widely celebrated tradition around this time of the year. On exactly today (22nd December), the Winter Solstice, or 冬至(dōng zhì) is celebrated in millions of Chinese homes. This tradition could be traced back to over four thousand… Continue reading Celebrating the longest night of the year
If you have been to Gladmat at Stavanger this Summer, you may remember the Chinese stall selling roasted ducks served in an exotic sauce. It is indeed the proverbial Peking Duck, prepared by one of the best known master chef at Bianyi Fang in Beijing. Not only is this dish well known for the tender,… Continue reading The Chinese “Christmas Turkey”
Do you know that Chinese character for “snow” 雪 (xuĕ) poetically depict the meaning of “feathers falling like rain”? Despite the cold, most people would agree that snow is beautiful and a wonder in nature. As Norwegians are checking for the snowiest place for ski and winter sports for this winter holiday, many Chinese are… Continue reading When Winter Wonderland Land Meets Reality
Carrying on with our last post about the female emperor Wu Zetian, and scientist Wang Zhengyi, this time, we look at someone even more controversial. Pirate Shi Yang (1775-1844AD) A widely used picture of Zheng Yi Sau, source unknown It was rare enough for a sailor to be female, let alone the head of a… Continue reading Madam Dragon: Legendary Chinese Women (2)
What have you planned for next Wednsday (17th October)? Many in China will have a hiking trip with their grandparents, because this year it is the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, or Chongyang (重阳chóng yáng), a day dedicated to hiking. The tradition is believed to be originated from a… Continue reading To the Mountain on this Beautiful Autumn Day!