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Want to learn Chinese cooking? Step 1: get help

Want to learn Chinese cooking? Step 1: get help

COOKING in China has long been a tradition handed down from one generation to the next by personal experience. Family recipes weren’t typically written down. That means a Westerner interested in learning ...

Li Anlan | April 27, 2017, Thursday


The joy of mixing Chinese food with wine

The joy of mixing Chinese food with wine

WHEN I think about the quality and veracity of information on pairing wines with Chinese food the first thought that comes to mind is fake news. So much nonsense has been written about this topic that ...

April 27, 2017, Thursday

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If you are a minority, you face the burden of representing entire group in public eye

If you are a minority, you face the burden of representing entire group in public eye

MANY local expatriates will be happy with the extension of operating hours on some Metro lines to midnight, which started today. But is this just another chance for drunken laowai to lose face for all ...

Andy Boreham | April 29, 2017, Saturday


As lixia arrives, it’s time to harvest crops

As lixia arrives, it’s time to harvest crops

IT will be summer next week when lixia (Summer Begins) hits China, marking an obvious rise in temperatures, frequent thunderstorms and peak season for crops and fruit. Lixia usually arrives on May 5 ...

Zhang Qian | April 29, 2017, Saturday


The unending cycle of birth and death

The unending cycle of birth and death

BIRTH and death walk side by side among Dilai’s flock. That’s just the way things are on the Xinjiang grassland. It’s already April, but the Bayan Bulag grassland has yet to show any sign of spring. ...

Xue Yanwen, Guo Yan and Jiang Wenyao | April 29, 2017, Saturday


Designer digs into symbols, icons for ideas

Designer digs into symbols, icons for ideas

WHEN Henry Steiner left New York in 1961 on a two-year assignment to Hong Kong, the Vienna-born graphic designer had no idea where the city was. Fifty-six years later, he is recognized as the “father ...

Yao Minji | April 29, 2017, Saturday


Insight into the man behind Qing graft wars

Insight into the man behind Qing graft wars

While the anti-corruption TV series “In the Name of People” is all the rage in China, a stage drama featuring an upright official in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) fighting against the whole badly corrupted ...

Zhang Qian | April 29, 2017, Saturday


Traveling the Silk Road with a chatbot

Traveling the Silk Road with a chatbot

HELLO, this is XiaoIce in Dunhuang, your cutie AI (artificial intelligence) chatbot. You are free to discuss anything with me and I’ll help you explore the world’s cultural heritage as best I can.” On ...

Liu Si, Fan Peishen and Han Liang | April 29, 2017, Saturday


Artists revive ancient mythology in comic book illustrations

Artists revive ancient mythology in comic book illustrations

THE annals of Greek mythology are rife with well-known stories about gods and heroes dying, loving, warring and performing superhuman feats. In China most people are familiar with myths like “Chang’e ...

Wang Jie | April 29, 2017, Saturday


Craftsman and farmer keeps tradition alive

Craftsman and farmer keeps tradition alive

It’s the usual busy spring ploughing season now. Although Guo Xican, 72, no longer works the land with oxen and plow to cut the earth, he commemorates the “tradition of plowing” he used to do in his youth...

Xu Qin | April 29, 2017, Saturday


 

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