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An old girls school site in Beijing

新文化街 45 号 45 Xinwenhua St Xicheng, Beijing, China It’s the former site of the 京师女子师范学堂旧址 Jingshi Woman Normal University School when/where Lucy attended. Xiaoyi attended it when it was No. 8 Girls School 女八中. And now its 鲁迅中学, named … Continue reading

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Tianyuan Pickle shop 天源酱菜

Tianyuan Jiangcai 天源酱菜 is or was an institution in Beijing: no one can live without it in the morning with 稀饭 xifan (rice or millet gruel; porridge). Beijingers eat porridge plain, just the water and rice. The shop used to … Continue reading

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Nainai’s Mao outfit

Mom, Nainai, Dong Qingxun 董庆珣 and Xiaoyi at Canzheng Hutong, 1958 winter Dong Qingxun was 人艺演员董行佶的妹妹 Dong Xinji’s sister. Seeing Nainai in a Mao suit, not in her usual stylish outfit, is unusual.

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Demolition 拆

Demolition 拆迁 is quite a dirty word in China, in the western Hemisphere becasue, as I’ve been reading (the major western media) – it means people was cheated or forced out of their homes by the government or unscrupulous developers. … Continue reading

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Seeing Auntie Sun again

It’s Jiujiu who alerted me about Auntie Sun‘s blog on on 二闲堂 few years ago. After My Mom’s passing, I didn’t have much contact with any her closest friends (except Auntie Fu), due to the climate of the time – … Continue reading

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Boobs .. from A to D

It’s amusing China has left A cup and is marching toward D cup in less than 3 decades. I thought Chinese always like the small breasts, that’s the major reason we had wet nurses in the past. Small boobs are … Continue reading

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Dogs, pets and rules

China is full of contradictions. Two signs posted in a residential building’s elevator in Beijing, one warns No Pets Allowed while the other long rules indicate that yes you can but .. .. When riding the elevator with your pet, … Continue reading

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Tennis with benefit

Tennis in Beijing isn’t just tennis. My friend reserved a court at Yifang Yuan 颐方园体育健康城 in Fangzhuang, that comes with a suite: a living room with flat panel TV, a massage room, resting room, steamer and two shower stalls. Coincident … Continue reading

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The bathhouses are baaack

北京风情 – an amorous scene of Beijing 搓澡图 – a picture of cuō zǎo scrub down A drawing depicts scrub down at a bathhouse, an art work I found at Panjia Yuan 潘家园 – I didn’t buy because I don’t … Continue reading

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A rooster by Jin Keqiang

金全真 Jin Quanzhen‘s second son, 金克强 Jin Keqiang (1951 – ) enjoys fame as an artist, rooster in particular: 金克强 on baike baidu: 金克强笔名禅尘。1951年生于北京,早年学西画。启蒙老师:葛修岱,后受教于色彩大师马运洪先生。自1973年油画作品入选北京市工人迎春画展始,多次参加多层次画展。   1981年经书画鉴定家穆亚洲的介绍,在“神州书画学校”任客座讲师,担任素描、色彩的教学工作。这期间有幸和富察庄净、孙墨佛、史树青、孙菊生、吴未淳、许林邨、王东昉、刘福林、祖力、祖莪等前辈名家和同道一起授课十余年。这无疑对我的书画艺术的鉴赏眼光的提高有很大的帮助。   1989年经书画家郭永琰的引见,我有幸认识了著名花鸟画巨匠李苦禅的得意门生邓锡良先生。因仰慕邓先生高超的画艺和伟大的人品,遂拜其为师,从此开始了我的水墨生涯。同期就读于北京师范大学美术系。   17年来,我的每一点一滴的进步都离不开恩师的谆谆教诲和心血。17年来不论寒暑,邓先生不但要为我说画、改画,还要新自为我示范。十几年下来恩师为我留下的墨迹竟达近百幅,亦有不少题跋。如今老人已是78岁高龄,还是一如既往的关爱着我们这些孜孜求艺的学子们。   邓锡良先生门下有入室弟子数十人,他教过的学生更是数以百计,其中在画坛上也不乏享有盛名的人物。恩师教画育人数十载,从不收学生一分钱的学费。   这期间还得到了崔瑞鹿等师叔的悉心指教,不胜铭感。   对于恩师的关爱我无以为报,现将所积的一些习作面世以餮读者,同时也是对这么些年来所有帮助我、关爱我的人们的一次汇报。再一次由衷的感谢大家,同时也希望能得到诸前辈和同道朋友们的指教。 He generously gave Jiujiu few roosters: Jiujiu was born in … Continue reading

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Liu Mama’s love

Since I left Hong Kong in 1986, I haven’t seen nor spoken to Liu Mama. Last year I tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with her. Few weeks ago Auntie Jennie told me that she found her: Liu’s phone number … Continue reading

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The Capital Museum

Jiujiu suggested that I should visit the new (to me) Capital Museum, especially the second and the fifth floor. The museum is at Xicheng District, 西城区复兴门外大街16号 16 Outer Fuxingmen Street; admission is free but you need to reserve a ticket … Continue reading

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Lv Youzhi 吕友芝

Aunt Youzhi (1925-1941) was my grandpa Yeye and his first wife (Yang Yingtao 杨应陶)’s daughter. In this picture (from Jiujiu’s album), circa 1933, Youzhi was standing, with her step mother my Popo, half brother Jiujiu and half sister my Mom … Continue reading

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Figarowed

费加洛丽致婚纱 东城区东单北大街上号(国旅大厦1楼) Beijing, China (86) 10.6525.2386 www.figarowedding.cn Taking studio photos in Beijing/Shanghai perhaps has passed its prime but Pumpkin wanted it. So without asking around, we signed up with one. It’s in July, I’d think the studios aren’t too busy, … Continue reading

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Bordeaux in Beijing

Miyun 密云县, Thick Cloud is a county locates in the Northeast of Beijing. Used to be a faraway place for us, when Zhongguancun Blvd still was a two-lane roadway. Now, Thick Cloud is just an hour dash from the heart of Beijing, … Continue reading

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Truth, Still Inconvenient

At China’s New Museum, History Toes Party Line reads the NY Times. BEIJING — At the elaborately renovated National Museum of China in Tiananmen Square, visitors interested in the recent history of the world’s fastest rising power can gaze at … Continue reading

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Mom’s 唐诗三百首

This paperback book, Three Hundred Tang Poems belonged to my Mom. Like her mother, my Popo, they loved literature, poetry in particular. This is few items that I have of her. Actually Jiujiu gave it to me in 2003 – … Continue reading

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Canton-Kowloon Railway

广州九龙铁路 or CKR 广九铁路 Chinese Section was financed by this bond. The map in the frame was done by Kuhlmann. This map (to the right) here is by P. A. Crush who made it some time ago based upon a … Continue reading

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