In the translation I've found of Xi Jinping's speech at the recent military parade, he says: "War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over mankind." Does he refer to the Damocles myth in the original Chinese or is an equivalent Chinese reference transposed into Western culture? If he does refer to the actual sword of Damocles, is it a common reference in China? And if so, did it enter common Chinese parlance through the writings of Marx?
We're flying home to Sydney from HK on 1st January. Is NYE fun for families in HK? We're also supposed to be seeing family in Guangzhou, can you help me narrow down what area to stay in? [more inside]
I have been working as an architect for an international company in China for 14 months now. My previous boss has just asked me to come back to my home country to give me back my job. Should I accept? [more inside]
How are the taxis in Chengdu, China? [more inside]
I've tried a bunch of different loose leaf green teas, and my favorite comes from an online tea store based in China. However, by ordering directly from them, I'm bypassing European and British consumer safety regulations. If you can read Chinese -- or you know something about food safety in China -- you can help me figure out whether this is a risky purchase. [more inside]
Looking for a nice hotel in Chengdu, China, within walking distance to Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. We need a place where the staff speak English or Korean. On Tripadvisor it seems like all the international hotels are downtown, are there any hidden gems closer to the University?
We want to see the parts that showcase China's natural beauty, what we couldn't see anywhere else, what will likely be gone by the time we return next time. But we are limited by traveling with a super flexible 2 year old, and we don't have a ton of time. What do you recommend? [more inside]
Work has me travelling to Zhongwei city in the Ningxia province of China in about a month. Exciting! It's my first time to China, and I've got some questions. [more inside]
I have an utterly unremarkable Flickr profile. I have no one image that has attracted any large amount of attention. I do, however, have followers in China. I get a new one every week or two. I cannot figure out why. [more inside]
A full tea set, cups, pot, creamer, sugar bowl but no country of origin. Any help with identity would be appreciated. The set, the bottom, marks in lids. [more inside]
I will be in southern China (HK, Shenzhen, Guangzhou area) for the next 2 years with a spouse and would like to land a job myself. I want to combine my interest in exporting from China with my 20+ years in international sales/marketing with IBM, Lotus, and other IT companies. Would my sales and marketing stripes be attractive to a trading company who needed an older, polished, confident male to interface with English-speaking prospects or clients? Willing to be employee or freelance. Thanks.
This summer I would like to do something interesting. I would like to go to a place in Japan or China or somewhere in the East to meditate and perhaps live a bit like how a monk lives. Zen fascinates me. And I think might be more inclined towards the Rinzai school but since I am a novice I prefer not to make sharp judgments about things I do not know. [more inside]
During the final battle in Big Trouble in Little China, one of the Storms is killed, and the lightning Storm enables the escape of another. When the lightning Storm flies away, Egg Shen says something in Chinese; a curse perhaps. What does Egg Shen say?
I'm trying to find someone who uses public transit in Beijing to interview about a new service offered on the subway there. I'm writing a short article about the service. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could find someone who speaks both Chinese and English to talk to, either via email or a phone interview? I'm in the U.S. Just to be clear, this isn't something I could pay for, but the interview would probably take 10 minutes or less or someone's time, so I'm hoping someone would be willing.
Need to fill out a request with the USPS to find a missing package and need a description, but I have no idea what a "China Air Post Postal Packet" looks like and my friend isn't really sure either. [more inside]
I ordered something from China, and now I need to return it. If you've done this, do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
I have a pretty substantial set of vintage Rosenthal china that I think was part of Raymond Loewy's design work there in the 1950s. I bought it probably 15 years ago on eBay and I don't know the exact pattern but I'm thinking about selling it. Pics inside. [more inside]
I would like to use the gmail interface for my own domain. Is this possible without relying on google servers, which are blocked in China? (details inside) [more inside]
I'm in need of some image reference for Chinese business interiors, with an emphasis on decor vs. architecture. [more inside]
I want to lock these two (white to yellow) extension cords together so that nobody can unplug them unless they have a key. [more inside]
Can you help me get burnt plastic off fine china? [more inside]
I’m going with my friend who is doing stuff for her PhD. She will be at the university all day and I will be on my own. I need some reassurance about a few things. [more inside]
This December I'm going to Shanghai and possibly Seoul. I'd love your tips for museums, restaurants, hotels, and more! [more inside]
I'm looking for the identity of this Pakistani counterterrorism expert. In this [YT] documentary, the Chinese transliteration of his name appears as 古尼‧伊纳亚特‧欧拉‧罕‧尼亚文. Any ideas?
I want something like a Skype-in number for China. Not Hong Kong. Like Shanghai or Beijing ideally. It would be great if it called me on my laptop (i.e. not just a callforwarding service) I have a friend over there who can't afford to call out. That possible?
I have an idea of what I think would be my ideal career set up (involving social, ethnographic and/or market research in China) , but am not too clear on the next steps to take. Can you help? [more inside]
As the title says, I want to be able to ship small items to China for my personal use without bothering my family members. Is there some service available? If not, how would I go about finding someone? [more inside]
I live and work in China, and for the past few years have been struggling with some personal issues. So far I've been soldiering through, but I'm just about ready to go talk to a doctor/psychiatrist about whether or not I should try a course of antidepressants. [more inside]
This geoglyph appears in Jiayuguan province, near the western end of the Great Wall of China. It appears to be made out of planted trees. What does it mean?
What can I do to help non-wealthy Chinese friends get a US tourist visa? [more inside]
Hi Everyone I would like to help a friend in China access Bloomberg, Youtube and a few other sites unaccessible from China. I have a few spare computers, can use Linux, Mac etc. Any ideas? I thought about Remote Desktop but perhaps a VPN solution will be better. Thanks! BB
Our cleaning lady is taking her first holiday in a decade to visit her family. I was planning on giving her a cash present in lieu of the money she would have earned at our place, but I don't think she understands tips and I don't want her to feel further obliged to us. This has been a problem in the past because she has very strong views on hard work and duty &c. How should I present the idea (and money) to her in a culturally appropriate way? Am I just overthinking this?
Ni hao! I will be visiting China for the first time this December. Please share your advice and anecdotes! [more inside]
Exams are done, grades are submitted, and we still have class? Yeah, I have up to 6 45-minute periods left with my grade 10 and 11 students next week that I would rather not fill with nothing but movies. I need ideas for something else to do with ~35 Chinese teenagers. [more inside]
Hello, I'll be leaving China soon and I want to bring back some stuff that you can only find in Beijing (China). I already bought a lot of things from Xiaomi for example. Do you know anything else ? Have a good day ! P.S : no food
I lead a monthly teleconference with a small team of colleagues in China, and would like to kick off each session with a funny or inspirational image or quote. Help me find something that doesn't get lost in translation! [more inside]
The China Study and associated diet was recommended by my physician this morning. I am looking for your advice both nutritionally and educationally, as I'm very open to this after the last few weeks. [more inside]
Hi, Looks like I will be spending a good while in China and I'd love to read your recent experiences with VPNs, general internet use there. (I noted a question about this from almost two years ago, with lots of people speaking well of witopia, can believe things have changed.) I'll be in Chongqing, for what that's worth. Thank you for taking a moment to help me.
My mother is giving me her china. She and the china are in the US. The destination is Australia. Can you recommend a shipping company that specializes in international shipping of fragile items like this who will come pack it all up for her? If you don't have specific recommendations, are there things to look for/ask about when I talk to shipping companies? Are there other issues I should consider?
4 years ago, I posted this question, about coming up with weird interpretations of "traditional" anniversary gifts, and y'all came up with some brilliant answers. I ended up going with the "periodic table" idea, which we continued through our 17th, 18th, and 19th anniversaries. Our 20th anniversary is May 1, and now I need a twist on the theme of "China." [more inside]
What should I know before moving to China? I'm moving to Beijing in two weeks and all housing/money/visa issues are fully taken care of but I feel like there's something I'm forgetting. What is that one thing you forgot you needed before leaving? [more inside]
Partner & I have decided to vote with our dollar by only purchasing quality long-lasting goods, or going without. We will pay more if the quality is clearly there. Rather than waste time driving from store to store, only to find junk, I'm looking for stores known for quality items. Difficulty Level: Sisyphean... [more inside]
Anybody know anything about the Tianjin Rose Rock International Finance Center 罗斯洛克国际金融中心? It looks like it is the first move into China by the Rockefeller family. Anybody know any more than stated on this website? Anybody in Tianjin able to tell me if it is actually being built?
I'd like something that's either understated (traditional, white porcelain), but outstanding quality. Or a little more elegant: 1, 2. (These are pretty ideal, but I don't think the manufacturer ships to the US.) Any recommendations? Thanks!
I need to do some Windows 7 testing in China. Problem: I am not presently in China. Please hope me. [more inside]
I am traveling on business to China (Guangzhou area) and Philippines (Manila). I have some international travel experience but none to Asia. I'll be working most of the time, so this isn't about sightseeing; it's more about, what are some lessons-learned, travel survival tips, etc., that you can share? Many thanks in advance.
Hi, I've some prospect of an offer to work in Beijing for what I understand would be closer to a citizen's salary than an expat's, which in theory is okay. The number looks to be about 11,000 RMB per month. There is some Beijing cost-of-living info out there, but I'd be grateful for your experiences and thoughts. In short, I don't want to live somewhere dire by any standard and live on rice and twigs. Possible? Thank you for your thoughts.
This is a calligraphy banner with a colophon on a Chinese ink landscape painting on silk. I don't know the date, but I'm assuming it's Qing. The painting is a vertical scroll - mountain, houses, river beneath - with two or three sets of scene-setting characters. What does this say? Any date? Thanks!
I've searched previous instances of congee showing up in comments on the Green, but very few actual recipes. None of the recipes I've found online even agree on the rice-to-water ratio or cooking time. Recipes from any nation, savory or sweet and any serving tips or suggestions most welcome!