Learn from Lei Feng Day

March 5 in the People’s Republic of China is marked as Learn From Lei Feng Day (向雷锋同志学习 / 向雷鋒同志學習), This is a propaganda campaign encouraging imitation of Comrade Lei Feng, a young People’s Liberation Army soldier who died at age 22. Lei Feng was held up as an example of communist ideals, including a strong work ethic, self-sacrificing nature, and unquestioning dedication to Mao Zedong … Continue reading Learn from Lei Feng Day

The Iron Pagoda of Kaifeng

The Iron Pagoda (鐵塔) of Youguo Temple (佑國寺) in Kaifeng (開封), a prefecture-level city in east-central Henan province, China, is a Buddhist Chinese pagoda built in 1049 during the Northern Song dynasty (960–1279) of China. The pagoda is so-named not because it is made of iron, but because its color resembles that of iron. It is a brick pagoda tower built on the location of … Continue reading The Iron Pagoda of Kaifeng

Chinese New Year 2019 / วันตรุษจีน 2562 ประวัติวันตรุษจีน

Happy Chinese New Year! Thailand, and particularly places like Phuket where I live, has a very large Thai-Chinese population stemming from migrations in the late 19th century who arrived to work in the tin mines. My tiny lane just to the north of the historical district of the provincial capital has several Chinese clan shrines which have been setting off fireworks every hour since yesterday … Continue reading Chinese New Year 2019 / วันตรุษจีน 2562 ประวัติวันตรุษจีน

The British Colony of Hong Kong

On January 20, 1841, Hong Kong Island was occupied by the British during the First Opium War. The island was ceded by Qing China in the aftermath of the war in 1842 and established as a Crown colony in 1843. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of … Continue reading The British Colony of Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Michel #1905 (2014)

Tung Ping Chau and Lan Kwo Shui, Hong Kong

The 426-square mile (1,104 km²) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (中華人民共和國香港特別行政區 — Jūng’wàh Yàhnmàhn Guhng’wòhgwok Hēunggóng Dahkbiht Hàhngjingkēui) contains hundreds of islands, and even a few “former islands”). Tung Ping Chau (東平洲) is located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong in Mirs Bay, close to the border with Guangdong Province in mainland China. The island has an area of 0.447 square mile … Continue reading Tung Ping Chau and Lan Kwo Shui, Hong Kong

Happy Chinese New Year สุขสันต์วันตรุษจีน 中國農曆新年快樂

Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dog, known popularly as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; pinyin: Chūn Jié). Here in Thailand, last night — New Year’s Eve — was a big celebration with plenty of music, dance troupes, and fireworks and other noise-making (accompanied by the sound of howling dogs in my neighborhood) … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year สุขสันต์วันตรุษจีน 中國農曆新年快樂

Hong Kong, China #1242 (2006)

Hong Kong, China #1242 (2006)

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (中華人民共和國香港特別行政區), is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia. Macau lies across the delta to the west, and the Chinese province of Guangdong borders the territory to the north. With a total land area of 427 square miles (1,106 square kilometers) and a population of over 7.3 million of … Continue reading Hong Kong, China #1242 (2006)