Month: July 2016

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Eating, Drinking and Being Merry The standard form of greeting in many western cultures is the handshake. We offer our right hand, which was in the past the sword hand. Traditionally, this gesture showed that there was no ill intent on the part of the person making the greeting. Both […]

Cookie Boy

Cookie Boy and other assorted tradesmen This is a story from the early days in Chengdu when life was good and o so pretty. Some people you just know are going to provide entertainment – ‘Cookie Boy’ was from the countryside and had an irrepressible ability to jump at things […]

Chengdu Cuisine

Sichuan food – often written as ‘Szechwan’ from the old Wade Giles Romanisation system – is one of the 4 main distinct cuisines of China. Known as the cuisine of 10,000 flavours, Sichuan food is an experience that can only be discovered in the home of its origin. So much […]

The Art of War

The Art Of War With an economic rise that has become impossible to ignore, more and more companies are dipping their toes into the business environment in China. A large percentage fail, but a few succeed in an outstanding fashion. BHP Billiton recently posted a record $6.5 billion dollars on […]