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Chinese Doors of Ancient Walled Cities.

Doors, shutters, inner courtyards, Menshen or door gods, all these features of ancient Chinese architecture denote security and protection. Once safely inside the inner courtyard of a wooden Tang dynasty house, a sense of calm and peace descends: you feel perfectly secure and removed from the world.Chinese doors make a fascinating study in themselves. 44 more words


Travel Exposé: Yunnan Province (15) The Eternal Spring City, Kunming (1)

Hello, and welcome once again to this week’s issue of “Bajan,” Chinese Style. Over the past months we have embarked on a journey which has seen us trek from the mountainous northern reaches of Yunnan, which border the “Roof of the World,”  and through the lake and river strewn gorges and their satellite villages and townships alike.

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Yuanyang Rice Terraces | UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yuanyang Rice Terraces are situated in the south east of Yunnan province, China. They span over 28,000 acres and were constructed 2,500 years ago when the Hani people settled in the area. 67 more words


Red Deer Cave People 马鹿洞人 (蒙自人): Unknown Humans Discovered in China

In 2012 (following the official publication of an academic paper upon the subject), Western media started to report about an unknown species of human that had been discovered in the Red Deer Caves of South-Western China (Yunnan province). 610 more words

Human Interest

What happened? Why return?

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written (that’s putting it mildly!).  Here’s why:

To recap: my wife, Gienah, and I went to Yunnan Province, China in August of 2014 to spend 2 years studying Mandarin language and Chinese culture full-time.  1,514 more words


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

I have loved reading Lisa See’s books, particularly Shanghai Girls, Dragon Bones and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, so I was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of her latest, … 487 more words


Travel Exposé: Yunnan Province (11) The Kingdom of Dali (2) The Ancient City of Dali 大理古城

Here we find ourselves mere days away from Christmas Day and so to start off today’s issue of ‘Bajan,’ Chinese style, I wish to extend to one and all seasons greetings and all the holiday cheer I can muster!

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