Language : English
Published : 2018-02
Pages : 320
Devout Catholic schoolteacher Annabelle Thong never thought her chastity was a liability – until she runs away to Paris to find Prince Charming.
Enrolling herself at the Sorbonne, she meets the suave Patrick Dudoigt, but he’s the one temptation she MUST resist. Annabelle’s belief system is challenged on all fronts, and her naïveté is seen as gauche in the City of Love. Guilt and confusion make for dangerous bedfellows, and when her fellow university students enthusiastically combine reading and rioting, Annabelle can’t help but wonder if everyone’s gone mad – or is it just her?
Annabelle Thong takes a hilarious look at the sparks that fly when East meets West, and the passions these ignite.
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Tea and wine have a long history in China. In fact, both have become firmly entrenched in the culture and customs of the Chinese people, featuring prominently in the traditional rites of ancestral worship and in social situations.
Discover the origins and varieties of tea and wine, and learn about:
- Famous Chinese teas and wines
- The Etiquette and methods for preparing and serving tea and wine
- The health-giving properties of tea and wine
- Unique customs practised among the minority people in China
- Interesting facts and ancient stories relating to tea and wine
Not only will this book entertain and inspire, it will enrich your understanding of the Chinese culture.
Water Margin is well-known as one of the four greatest Chinese literary classics. It tells the stories of a group of heroes, who stand for different classes of people daring to struggle against the corruption and oppression of the times. Altogether there are 105 men and three women among the notable characters in the Liangshan band.
These stories tale place at the end of the Northern Song period and describe vividly the people’s lives of love and hate, ties of friendship, loyalty and enmity, etc.
This book relives the most stirring chapters in the novel which have become the subject of numerous dramas and films, and are the most popular episodes in Chinese fiction. They include Lin Chong killing the unworthy chief of Liangshan Marsh, Wu Song slaying a tiger with his bare fists and avenging injustices, and Song Jiang’s attacks on the Zhu Family Village. With artistic skills and wit, the cartoonist Huang Qingrong presents vivid scenes in this drama of valour and brings the heroic legend.
The number “eight” has long been associated with wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture. It is an auspicious number that is also linked with the Eight Immortals.
Highly revered in Taoism, the Eight Immortals were people who had impressed the heavens so much with their good deeds that they were conferred the status of immortals. Without a strand of arrogance, they roamed the earthly realm to help the needy.
Be captivated by the bleeding eyes of a stone lion, a magical basket that could produce magnificent yet terrifying images, and the climax of a roaring battle between the immortals and other celestial beings!
Until the Los Angeles Olympics just over 20 years ago, China had never won an Olympic gold medal; today, she is one of the major medal contenders. China’s sudden emergence as a sporting super power came as a surprise to many people. In reality, she has a long history of sports.
Polo, wrestling, soccer, diving, acrobatics, martial arts, archery, marathon races, tug of war, swimming, ice skating, and weight lifting were all popular sports in ancient China. Some sports were invented by the Chinese; others such as polo and marathon-style racing were developed by the different ethnic groups on the borders of the country and became popular within China as well.
This book will enhance your appreciation of China as a sports nation and champion. Take a journey to rediscover the origins of various sports through Chinese history. Get set to enjoy the Beijing Olympics 2008 with all its fanfare!