Category Archives: Cantonese

Food Crisis Solved By Unexpected Saviour

Had a terrible shock in Shenzhen earlier this year when the food hall in Lo Wu Shopping Centre closed down with little or no warning. Then I remembered a comment from wise shopper Andrew and now almost everything is almost … Continue reading

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Don’t Kill Cantonese

Four years ago thousands of people demonstrated for Cantonese in Guangzhou. Meanwhile the mainland government (aided and abetted by the HK one and Hong Kong and mainland people are hard at work trying to eradicate the Cantonese language.

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Healing Properties of Chinese Food

Of all the things that happened in Australia, the below was definitely the most spiritual:

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Crap Western Food

I hate so-called western food in China. They just can’t do it, so stop trying. And people who travel with me to the mainland, stop trying to entice me to the “western” restaurant in the hotel! No good can come … Continue reading

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What Are The CHANCES!!!

I’ve just come back from an incredibly fun and satisfying trip to Australia – thank you Lydia without whom not even a sixth of the joy would have been possible! And thank you for introducing me to James Boag (Jimsee … Continue reading

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Yellow River – Blue Grass

Cantonese and bluegrass go together like beer and Sichuan food. It all started in Hainan last Christmas when I met some 86 year-old-geezers playing the saxophone near the beach. One of them had started only two years earlier and he … Continue reading

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The Worst Yam Cha In Hong Kong

Last Saturday was my birthday, and my friend E who was visiting from the States wanted to take me out for lunch. And not just any lunch – we hadn’t eaten since 2 the day before followed by lots of … Continue reading

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Down With Simplified Characters

Oh, how I hate simplified characters! It’s bad enough that I have to see them everywhere in my beloved mainland (although shop-and restaurant owners who want their business to look stylish and upmarket increasingly use normal characters on their signs) … Continue reading

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Christmas In China

Is going stronger than ever. In Haikou, capital of Hainan Province (Island) for example, there’s a whole street dedicated to Christmas paraphernalia including two life-size plush horses – or should that be donkeys? Hopping, wriggling, saxophone-playing Santa Clauses are everywhere … Continue reading

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China’s Southernmost Province

Why are the Chinese so fascinated with rocks? This specimen is longer than me, just sitting there in an exhibition room in a park in Guangzhou, Tea Art something or other where the yam cha charged minimum 25 yuan per … Continue reading

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