Posts Tagged: China

Travel
Creative Corners – What to do in Shanghai
September 6, 2018
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Creative Corners – What to do in Shanghai
Shanghai isn’t the picture of ancient culture I expected from China. Unlike Beijing’s obvious historical legacies, evidence of Shanghai’s quaint, fishing village past is long buried beneath urban sprawl. Only the meandering Huangpu River is old enough to tell the city’s full history. Spending an entire week in Shanghai, I really got to spend some […]
Culture
Fu Lu Shou: Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity
February 13, 2018
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Fu Lu Shou: Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity
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Travel
2016 Duende Readers’ Favourites
December 22, 2016
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2016 Duende Readers’ Favourites
As another year of travel adventures draws to a close, I’m packing my suitcase and heading home Downunder for the first time in 18months. If you are fortunate enough to put your feet up over the silly season and are looking to catch up on some reading, may I suggest you begin with the Duende readers’ […]
Culture
Decoding Chinese New Year
February 4, 2016
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Decoding Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year rituals are thought to have significant influence on how the year ahead proceeds. Avoid inauspicious pitfalls with these 10 lucky omens!
Style
Stay cool! The History of the Hand Fan
October 22, 2015
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Stay cool! The History of the Hand Fan
There is barely a culture or a time in history I don’t associate with the expressive, ever stylish and practical hand fan. Whether it is an ancient Egyptian king languishing in the breeze generated by an ostrich feathered wave; a coy Geisha peeking from behind her folding wing, or a fiery flamenco dancer passionately gesturing with […]
Culture
Chinese Symbols: Lucky Clouds
May 21, 2015
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Chinese Symbols: Lucky Clouds
In Chinese culture, these fluffy tufts of meteorological cotton candy have some interesting cultural significance. Having spent some time in China and surrounding nations where the Chinese have historically had a major influence, I’ve noticed a recurring motif in the swirling, stylised representation of clouds appearing everywhere from jewellery to the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch. […]