Conversations at the Teahouse

Conversations at the Teahouse

The Teahouse is a place for conversations, for highlighting reader’s comments, to start new discussions, or to simply hang out, relax with a virtual cuppa, and see where you end up. 

Unknown-1Comments and new discussions welcome! Please help yourself to a virtual cuppa!

 “What a great blog! I’ve lived in China for nearly a year now, but in two more months will be coming back to Europe permanently. Still, China will always stay close to my heart and I’ll keep coming back here to see it through your eyes. Love from Dalian, Liaoning”

from Dancer in the Waves


Your site is an astonishing discovery! …. It’s takin’ off. I’ll be back for more liftoffs!

Catherine Hamrick


From Imelda

The relief is simply gorgeous. Your photos show the many faceted artistry of the Chinese people


from Curtis Bausse

Qn: Lovely post, Debbie. Yes, that first pic is very atmospheric – Btw, I always said Tao – is there a difference or are both correct?


Tao is the old “wade giles” phonetisication of the Chinese character 道 , just like Bejing used to be rendered Peking under the Wade Giles system.Under the “pin yin” system, which was introduced in 1949, 道 is phoneticesd as Dao.


This is a wonderful tribute to this very eclectic and thriving community. You are an amazing blogger yourself, and are so giving in your support. It’s a pleasure to have had the chance to exchange ideas!

Thanks, Fimnora

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Thanks, Debbie, that’s a great post – your support and encouragement have been wonderful all along, right back to blogging 101. 


Sounja said

 How poetic. I would love to see the words ‘cat’ and ‘computer’ in Chinese.

Here they are, Sounja



Hi Debbie,
That’s one unique about page you have got here. Interesting, and how ! 🙂
I’m onboard your spaceship

from Arundhati Mukherjee


Great post. I’m going to give this to some of my students who overuse their phones, and some who will be writing papers on mobile phones/technology, so thanks, again!!

Badfish Outa Water and his students

Do you like your chicken black?

Anytime! and yes yes! that’s how the black chicken taste like. I had it quite often when I was a child. My mom would bring me to the wet market and you pick the chicken and they kill it right on the spot for you to bring home     Jeanne Mcpherson


I love this post and the video was great– the expression on those researchers’ faces! It’s my uplifting inspiration for the week. I’ve been following the plight of amur tigers due to a breeding programme in a wildlife park close to where I live. Also very fascinated by them.

Thanks, Safar. Have you written anything about tai chi at all?      Not yet, Safar, but I’ll be sure to tell you when i do!


Greta said Debbie, Thank you for the eye opening information– I wish more people could be exposed to this side of the technological madness. Your article has opened my mind to many more questions about what goes on which isn’t shared with the masses (alongside all of the exuberant marketing of the newest and greatest.)


I enjoyed this post very much! Great way to learn about China.

Lucile de Godoy

Join the discussion!

On the devaluation of the Yuan:

Yan  Balczewski commented :Even though the devaluation of Chinese Yuan is fairly small compared with other currencies, it has been causing some waves in the business world at US

ON calligraphy  

Thank you for this lovely meditation about intentional writing and drawing as an art form and portal to discovery. Soul-stirring and informative without being long-winded!

from Leslie