My phone screen lit up, a message from my Chinese friend briefly lighting up the screen ‘元宵节快乐！Happy Yuan Xiao Festival.' A cute picture of a dog dancing with a lantern hanging off its paw accompanied her holiday greetings on the last day of the Chinese New Year holiday. Yuan Xiao is a 2,000-year-old holiday in... Continue Reading →
Discovering Delightful Lotus Hill
Oh how I love Chinese New Year, a festival that has blown out the cobwebs in Guangzhou, brought sweet rain and fresh air, and given the grimiest street corner to most sparkling skyscraper a new clarity and shine. Chinese New Year festivities last 15 days, beginning on the first day of the new moon and... Continue Reading →
Bonnie the Bonsai isn’t looking so hot
As usual, you find me and China in a state of transition. It's been a while since my last missive, so brace yourselves for a lengthy ramble!Chinese New Year and the holiday season ended with a happy sigh last week with the Lantern Festival- it occurs about 15 days after New Year's day. Colored lanterns appeared outside... Continue Reading →
鸡年快乐 “Ji Nian Kuai Le” Happy Chicken Year!
新年快乐！Xin nian kuai le! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Western New Years Eve and Day. We spent New Years Eve at a fancy hotel here with some good friends. Amaury and I ended up dancing ourselves to exhaustion, so I'd say it was a successful evening. Us at NYE Some... Continue Reading →