Monthly Archives: September 2009

surplus woman

A friend of mine commented that I am now a surplus woman. In big cities of China, women who are ‘too well-educated and too old to get married” are labeled SURPLUS WOMEN, women that men are afraid to marry or … Continue reading

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hua’er (3)

Was in Xining 10 days. It happened to be the slowest days. Hope I can go back to Xining before I leave the country. But I will surely go back many times. Zhao Cunlu, a scholar who spends his whole … Continue reading

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butcher

In Xining (northwest China), lamb is the best. Each butcher I met that day told me he sold about 14 sheep per day. That’s a street with two long lines of butcher’s shops!

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Hua’er (2)

These are from a hua’er tea house called White Peony. It is said to be the first hua’er tea house in Xining, also the first one in China. The boss, Yi Wanbai, is himself an excellent singer. He had very … Continue reading

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the big day is coming

A shot from Xining. Obviously, the big day is coming.

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Snaps from Xining

Would you trust the dentist here? The man, far left, makes about $5 a day by renting the pool tables.

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“flower” (hua’er) in Qinghai (1)

Hua’er, or “flower” if translated literally, is a kind of folk music in northwest China, particularly popular among the Muslims. Since the late 1980s, hua’er migrated to the city with their singers and hua’er tea houses came into being.  An … Continue reading

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