Monthly Archive: March 2013

Detail of Hans Holbein the Younger's Resting Lamb and the Head of a Lamb, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Best Laid Plans…

There are still two important projects outstanding from our plan for winter in China. Project Visa and Project Apartment have been concluded. We have seen...

Prince of Wales Lodge in Waterton.

Canada’s Railway Hotels

Canada’s grand hotels grew up with its railways, whose rapid expansion made the world’s second largest country increasingly accessible to its citizens. Catering to the...

The Chinese Characters Primary School Students Learn

The Chinese Characters Primary School Students Learn

These are the Chinese characters that primary (elementary) school students are required to know in mainland China. 一年级生字 (Year 1) 一、二、三、十、木、禾、上、下、土、个、八、入、大、天、人、火、文、六、七、儿、九、无、口、日、中、了、子、门、月、不、开、四、五、目、耳、头、米、见、白、田、电、也、长、山、出、飞、马、鸟、云、公、车、牛、羊、小、少、巾、牙、尺、毛、卜、又、心、风、力、手、水、广、升、足、走、方、半、巴、业、本、平、书、自、已、东、西、回、片、皮、生、里、果、几、用、鱼、今、正、雨、两、瓜、衣、来、年、左、右、万、百、丁、齐、冬、说、友、话、春、朋、高、你、绿、们、花、红、草、爷、亲、节、的、岁、行、古、处、声、知、多、忙、洗、真、认、父、扫、母、爸、写、全、完、关、家、看、笑、着、兴、画、会、妈、合、奶、放、午、收、女、气、太、早、去、亮、和、李、语、秀、千、香、听、远、唱、定、连、向、以、更、后、意、主、总、先、起、干、明、赶、净、同、专、工、才、级、队、蚂、蚁、前、房、空、网、诗、黄、林、闭、童、立、是、我、朵、叶、美、机、她、过、他、时、送、让、吗、往、吧、得、虫、很、河、借、姐、呢、呀、哪、谁、凉、怕、量、跟、最、园、脸、因、阳、为、光、可、法、石、找、办、许、别、那、到、都、吓、叫、再、做、象、点、像、照、沙、海、桥、军、竹、苗、井、面、乡、忘、想、念、王、这、从、进、边、道、贝、男、原、爱、虾、跑、吹、乐、地、老、快、师、短、淡、对、热、冷、情、拉、活、把、种、给、吃、练、学、习、非、苦、常、问、伴、间、共、伙、汽、分、要、没、孩、位、选、北、湖、南、秋、江、只、帮、星、请、雪、就、球、跳、玩、桃、树、刚、兰、座、各、带、坐、急、名、发、成、动、晚、新、有、么、在、变、什、条 二年级生字 (Year 2) 宜、实、色、华、谷、金、尽、层、丰、壮、波、浪、灯、作、字、苹、丽、劳、尤、其、区、巨、它、安、块、站、已、甲、豆、识、纷、经、如、好、娃、洼、于、首、枝、枫、记、刘、胡、戏、棋、钢、观、弹、琴、养、休、伸、甜、歌、院、除、息、您、牵、困、员、青、宁、室、样、校、切、教、响、班、欠、元、包、钟、叹、哈、迟、闹、及、身、仔、细、次、外、计、怦、礼、加、夕、与、川、州、台、争、民、族、亿、洁、欢、祖、旗、帜、庆、曲、央、交、市、旁、优、阴、坛、城、国、图、申、匹、互、京、泪、洋、拥、抱、相、扬、讲、打、指、接、惊、故、侯、奇、寸、落、补、拔、功、助、取、所、信、沿、拾、际、蛙、错、答、还、言、每、治、棵、挂、哇、怪、慢、怎、思、穿、弯、比、服、浅、漂、啦、啊、夫、表、示、号、汗、伤、吸、极、串、免、告、诉、狐、狸、猴、颗、斤、折、挑、根、独、满、容、易、采、背、板、椅、但、傍、清、消、由、术、吐、注、课、铅、笔、桌、景、拿、坏、松、扎、抓、祝、福、句、幸、之、令、布、直、当、第、现、期、轮、路、丑、永、饥、饱、温、贫、富、户、亚、角、周、床、病、始、张、寻、哭、良、食、双、体、操、场、份、粉、昨、晴、姑、娘、妹、读、舟、乘、音、客、何、汪、丛、牢、拍、护、保、物、鸡、猫、羽、领、捉、理、跃、蹦、灵、晨、失、觉、扔、掉、眼、睛、纸、船、久、乎、至、死、腰、捡、粒、被、并、夜、喜、重、味、轻、刻、群、卫、运、宇、宙、航、舰、冲、晒、池、浮、灾、害、黑、器、岸、纹、洞、影、倒、游、圆、围、杯、件、住、须、能、飘、必、事、历、史、灭、克、化、代、孙、植、厂、产、介、农、科、技、纺、织、脱、冻、溪、棉、探、摇、野、躲、解、未、追、店、枯、徐、烧、荣、菜、宿、冈、世、界、轰、笋、芽、喊、呼、唤、弟、哥、骨、抽、拐、浇、终、静、躺、谢、渐、微、瓦、泉、然、结、股、脆、塔、杜、鹃、冒、雷、迈、迷、迹、叔、锋、滴、洒、泥、泞、扑、托、摸、利、铃、弱、末、芬、芳、夏、应、该、岛、展、建、纱、环、绕、胜、隐、约、省、茂、盛、吾、季、留、杏、密、蜜、坡、搭、摘、钉、沟、龙、寿、泼、敬、脚、凤、束、府、夺、扮、伟、够、恩、柏、特、鲜、度、凰、色、勾、单、宫、雄、烁、辉、另、题、漫、哄、骗、尔、仍、便、票、式、且、煌、志、提、朗、喝、刀、求、使、英、整、而、丹、乌、显、丝、眨、陈、斜、含、炉、鸣、银、泊、柳、艺、忽、杆、涛、转、吴、窗、岭、绝、烟、流、垂、乱、压、越、彩、蝉、蛛、岩、趴、刨、陆、质、厚、沉、逃、阵、虹、蜘、蛛、册、宝、印、埋、铁、底、导、盏、稠、针、稀、碰、兄、商、挤、决、钱、批、报、破、碎、滑、继、续、封、骄、傲、拎、桶、停、聪、胳、膊、甸、晃、荡、叭、玲、狗、糟、梯、楼、肯、脑、筋、讶、谈、望、算、此、桩、肥、灰、讨、厌、冰、蛋、壳、鸭、欺、负、鹅、翅、膀、勺、斗、玉、组、珍、珠、数、钻、研、睡、距、离、油、检、查、团、斥、责、炎、夸、奖、亡、肉、耐、谜、传、染、类、严、寒...

Horse and carriage on the Songhua River, Harbin.

The Songhua River

One of the few details of primary school history that sticks in my brain – well, apart from Elizabethans using white lead on their faces...