Pleasant Goat and Big, Big Wolf

I think the most popular cartoon character with young Chinese children is Xǐ yángyáng yǔ huī tài láng 喜羊羊与灰太郎 or Pleasant Goat and Big, Big Wolf. Since 2005, there have been over 1000 TV episodes and 7 movies made. The story line reminds me of the Roadrunner and Wiley E. Coyote… the wolf is always trying to catch the sheep. Here’s a short intro with English you can watch if you’re interested: You see these goats everywhere in China! Of course DVDs, but also books, clothes, toys, riding toys, snack packages, etc. We have also seen people dressed as Pleasant or Happy Goat…. which a certain daughter of mine nicknamed “Creepy Sheep” when she saw them dressed up!

Life in China: A Picture A Day, March 5, 2016

We walked along the lake to the plaza area for lunch today. There were a lot of people out because the peach trees, magnolias and other blossoms are blooming beautifully right now. People everywhere were taking pictures either of, or with, the blossoming trees. When so many people are out, there are also an abundance of vendors out. Just like back home, I think a favorite of the children are the balloons. The two kinds we saw today were very ornate twisted creations like backpacks and hats, and also simple colored balloons on sticks. I had never seen a vendor dressed as a clown before, clowns don’t seem as popular here as in the USA, so I had to take his picture! A balloon is called a qiqiu 气球, which literally translates as an “air ball. “


Life in China: A Picture a Day 2016, Feb 9 - If you’ve read what I’ve previously shared about gold and fish… I’m sure you'll understand why goldfish are considered to be “lucky fish!” What better activity for kids (and adults!) at a New Year’s celebration than fishing for goldfish! There is a food fair, with some carnival type games, at our nearby shopping plaza and this “fish pond” is set up there. I’ve seen fishing like this at quite a few other places throughout the year, but in much smaller pools!