Life in China 2016: A Picture A Day, September 16 – When we went to buy some groceries today, we caught an interesting fashion show at our local shopping plaza. It was put on by a business in Dalang, the next town, that does photography. They provide traditional Chinese costumes that you are photographed in. From looking at the advertising brochure, they are done like the ‘glamour’ shots in the USA. I'm not sure about the significance of the antlers the one is wearing, does anyone else know? Twice while we were watching the show, different sales people came up to Leah wanting to know if she liked it, and showing her their big sample book. Leah did dress up for photos once when we were traveling, just a quick touristy set-up, but maybe this would be fun sometime! Hmm, maybe we can get a family photo done??? www.myownchinesebrocade.com
Life in China 2016: A Picture A Day, September 11 – Have you heard the good news that giant pandas have been taken off the world’s endangered animals list? We don’t live in the part of China where pandas are native, but we have some in the zoos around us, and they are very much a part of the Chinese culture. And right now our local shopping plaza seems to have been taken over by pandas! Balloons flying high above the buildings, and little 2 foot high statues all around the plaza, some wearing clothes, some with bikes, some playing sports, and some just sitting around! Planters have new covers with panda designs as well as panda decals on the upper level glass railings! There’s even a nice spot set-up for taking pictures :-)
We have avoided going to the movie theater because I thought the movies here were all dubbed in Chinese. Honestly…Do you see ANY English on the advertisement? We recently found out that English movies ARE in English with Chinese subtitles :-) So, this afternoon, Leah and I went to see Jungle Book in 3D. Leah said that the name in Chinese, Qi Huan Sen Lin,” literally translates as “Fantasy Forest.” Leah bought our tickets ahead on my phone, and they were 50 rmb/$7.75usd each. There were only about 20 people in the theater for the time we went. I can’t remember the last time I have been to a movie in the USA, so it’s hard to make any kind of comparison! We really enjoyed the movie and the whole experience though :-) I guess we’ll be seeing more movies now! Maybe we’ll try a Chinese movie if it has English subtitles!
Life in China: A Picture a Day 2016, January 18 - In China, as well as Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam, the number “4” is considered very unlucky. This is because, in all of their native languages, the word for “four” sounds almost identical to the word for “death.” Much like “13” in the USA, in buildings, there may not be a 4th floor, or, as we have found, you can get really good deals if you are willing to live on the 4th floor :-) There may not be any floor with a number 4 in it, including 14, 24, 34, 40-49, etc! Public transportation routes may skip using “4.” People don’t like to have phone numbers or license plates with the number “4” in them, and you should never give a gift of four of anything! Around a sick person, don’t even mention the number “4”! Today, we had lunch at a local Japanese restaurant, and I saw that Leah and I were sitting in seats 3 and 5, but right next to each other….no #4!