Archive for the ‘Chinese Culture’ Category

Make a living in China

Thursday, July 4th, 2013
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For many ordinary Chinese, to make a living is still not easy, based on several factors such as tough job markets, large population, rising cost of living, changing life style, the internet, influx of migrant workers and the list goes on… If you make a China tour, you will discern plentiful outdated modes of earning a living in China, and the toil and hardship behind all the common people at grass roots. Some people cannot keep pace with the fast changing internet age and stick to the areas where they are familiar and feel comfortable; others favor the traditional way of doing things.
 
While so-called beauty salons are getting more and more popular, the traditional haircut still has its market demand – retired people, pensioners, low income families who still need the basic simple haircut. Nearly half the barbers are women. Now the female barber gives haircut and grooming.
the female barber gives haircut and grooming.

the female barber gives haircut and grooming.

 
The site of the travelling salesperson bring us to the old days, to our childhood years. The traveling salesperon is passing through the strees in traditional chinese clothes.
The site of the travelling salesperson bring us to the old days

The site of the travelling salesperson bring us to the old days

 
 
Taking a richshaww and wind through the lanes and streets
Taking a richshaww and wind through the lanes and streets

Taking a richshaww and wind through the lanes and streets

 
 
 
Migrant Workers is happily working
Migrant Workers is happily working

Migrant Workers is happily working

 
 
A stonemason is working on his products
A stonemason is working on his products

A stonemason is working on his products

 
 
Carrying the loads of mulberry for sale
Carrying the load of mulberry for sale

Carrying the load of mulberry for sale

 
A job of Drawing customers
A job of Drawing customers

A job of Drawing customers

 
A tongman
A tongman

A tongman

 
 
Wooden Buckets Making
Wooden Buckets Making

Wooden Buckets Making

 
Sewing
Sewing

Sewing

 
Carving chops
Carving chops

Carving chops

 
Making keys
Making keys

Making keys

 
Bamboo baskets making
Bamboo baskets making

Bamboo baskets making

A Wedding Ceremony in Beijing

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
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Civil wedding ceremonies go on everyday in Beijing. Spring and summer are the most popular time of year for weddings. Today at the invitation of one of my former university classmates – Mr. Jiang, I participate in his son’s marriage ceremony that is held in the Golden Hall at the Building C of Beijing Hotel. Most of the grand wedding reception options are outsourced to wedding planning companies that have professional teams in charge of Venues, flowers, caterers, photographers, dresses, clothes hire, car rental and the list goes on…His son’s civil ceremony is no exception considering the fact that over 350 participants are present for the reception, not an easy task for coordination. 

The guests are assembling in the lobby and signing at the registration desk with beautiful background music played. While registering, guests would presents theirs red envelops ( with money inside) or gifts to the bride and the groom.
4 girls play string instruments welcoming the guests in the lobby leading up to the entrance to the Golden Hall, the venue for the wedding reception.
4 girls play string instruments welcoming

4 girls play string instruments welcoming

The Golden Hall at Beijing Hotel is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies in Beijing. The hall can hold as many as 500 people with a mixe decor style of tradition and modernity. The host table is just set in front of the delicately adorned platform flanked by two video projection screens
The host table is just set in front of the delicately adorned platform

The host table is just set in front of the delicately adorned platform

In th middle of the hall is the long love corridor adorned with flowers and crystal pendants. The groom will walk through the corridor and greet his bride at the other end and walk her back to the platform.
In th middle of the hall is the long love corridor adorned with flowers and crystal pendants

In th middle of the hall is the long love corridor adorned with flowers and crystal pendants

Each table is decorated with a flower stand and piled with drinks, wines, appetizers and cold dishes.
Each table is decorated with a flower stand and piled with drinks, wines and appetizers and cold dishes

Each table is decorated with a flower stand and piled with drinks, wines and appetizers and cold dishes

Here come the three pairs of bridemaids and best men arm in arm walking to the planform through the love corridor.
Here come the three pairs of bridemaids and best men arm in arm walking to the planform through the love corridor.

Here come the three pairs of bridemaids and best men arm in arm walking to the planform through the love corridor.

The officiant is presiding over the ceremony from the beginning to the end.
The officiant is presiding over the ceemony from the beginning to the end.

The officiant is presiding over the ceemony from the beginning to the end.

The groom is walking through the love corridor blowing his saxophone from the platform to the other end of the flowers adorned corridor to meet her bride.
The groom is walking through the love corridor blowing his saxophone

The groom is walking through the love corridor blowing his saxophone

The groom is kneeling down to greet his bride.
Arm im arm, the bride and the groom are embarking on their love passage – the flower decorated long corridor.
Arm im arm, the bride and the groom are embarking on their love passage

Arm im arm, the bride and the groom are embarking on their love passage

The bride and the groom are happily walking through the love corridor arm in arm.
The bride and the groom are happily walking through the love

The bride and the groom are happily walking through the love

Two children are arranaged in the wedding ceremony in very memory making ways.  The exchange of rings
Kissing in front of all the guests
Kissing in front of all the guests

Kissing in front of all the guests

Both parents of the bride and groom are similing from the bottom of their hearts.
Both parents of the bride and groom are similing from the bottom of their hearts.

Both parents of the bride and groom are similing from the bottom of their hearts.

The bride and the groom and their parents are up on the platform
The bride and the groom and their parents are up on the platform

The bride and the groom and their parents are up on the platform

The groom’s father, Mr. Jiang is making a short speech in the ceremony and hands down their family’s Instructions: if the family lives in harmony, all affairs will prosper.
Mr. Jiang is making a short speech in the ceremony and hands down their family's Instructions

Mr. Jiang is making a short speech in the ceremony and hands down their family’s Instructions

About 350 guests are attending the wedding reception.
About 350 guests are attending the wedding reception.

About 350 guests are attending the wedding reception.

The projection screen is putting on a VCR about the bride and groom’s love story.
The projection screen is putting on a VCR about the bride

The projection screen is putting on a VCR about the bride

Recreational performances are put on to entertain the guests
Recreational performances are put on to entertain the guests

Recreational performances are put on to entertain the guests

Caterers are busy serving the guests in the course of the civil ceremony.
Caterers are busy serving the guests in the course of the civil ceremony.

Caterers are busy serving the guests in the course of the civil ceremony.

The bride and the groom is coming to each table to make a toast.
The bride and the groom is coming to each table to make a toast.

The bride and the groom is coming to each table to make a toast.

For me, the wedding ceremony is more a networking occasion than a civil wedding reception.

Why Burn Incense at a Chinese Temple

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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Plan your China tour? Visiting a buddhist temple in China helps you understand the Chinese traditional culture and religion. Buddhist temples to Chinese are akin to churches to the western people. Very often around a temple there are plentiful street front stores selling incenses. Some mobile incense hawks are trying to pester you into buying incense sticks. So why burn incenses?

The reasons behind the burning of incenses are manifold. One factor is that Buddha would appear in the smoke produced by burning incenses. In other words, the smoke is a soul link between worshippers and the Buddha. Incense burning reminds people to burn themselves, to give, and to sacrifice though many people still burn for money, for love, for health and the list could be much longer.

There is a Chinese saying that goes like this: 命由己造,福由己求 which literally means “Our fate and happiness are made by ourselves, not given by the Buddha or somebody else”.

A huge incense burner is vertically placed with incense sticks burnt by worshippers
A huge incense burner

A huge incense burner

While burning incense sticks, what’s in mind? Giving or requesting?

Giving or requesting

Giving or requesting

Burning incenses for good scores or a handsome boyfriend, or…
Burning incenses for good scores

Burning incenses for good scores

People have their own reasons for incense stick burning.
People have their own reasons for incense stick burning.

People have their own reasons for incense stick burning.

 

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