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Rat Race In China?

Warning -- disturbing images  --- Do not read before meal.

 

Just after the news of the selling of rats meat mixed with lamb meat in China's restaurants and shops, a high school student in Zhejiang province found a rat in his breakfast, just bought from school canteen. The boy says: "I had one bite of the rice ball, and had a glimpse of the rat head in it, I did not believe it was a rat, and I had a better look.... than I had to run outside to vomit..... other classmates were vomiting as some of them had the same type of breakfast. Some male students quickly came to take photos..... (screenshot from Chinese blogs)

 

The Headmaster of the school told journalists that people from the local Food And Drug Administration had checked the canteen, and found dried rat bones, or half of the head of ra at in dried mushrooms.(photo below).

In Chinese cooking, normally, dry mushrooms have to be washed and soaked in water before cooking.

A blogger says: Now I understand why students should not be allowed to carry mobile phones to school... you see, once these photos up on the web.......too much trouble.....

According to the Headmaster, students who eat the same dish were sent to hospital but suffered no ill symptoms.

Pipa -Ancient Musical Instrument PDF Print E-mail
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The Pipa  is a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument. The pipa appeared in China from the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC), and became a favorite in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), when the society fervently embraced exotic art forms.

Throughout the ages, the instrument has become an indispensable part of traditional Chinese music.

The Pipa tunes have very diverse styles, and are traditionally classified as either Wen Qu (civil and mild tone) or Wu Qu (martial and fierce tone).

Masses of pipa-playing Buddhist semi-deities are depicted in the wall paintings of the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang. The instrument has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–26.

 

The Chinese names: "pí" (琵) and "pá" (琶), imply the two most common ways of playing this instrument. "Pí" is to push the fingers of the right hand from right to left, thus more than one finger can be used at a time striking multiple notes, and "pá" is to pull the thumb of the right hand from left to right, in the opposite direction.

Pipa had spread to many East and Southeast Asian countries centuries ago, but now the instrument and its' music are just surviving in the museums in Mainland China. Many top class Chinese musicians are now living overseas to continue developing Chinese music.

The pipa is referred to frequently in Tang Dynasty poetry, where it is often praised for its refinement and delicacy of tone.

 

"Pipa Xing" a poem by Bai Juyi, a famous ancient Chinese poet, describes a chance encounter with a female pipa player on the Yangtze River:

大絃嘈嘈如急雨 : The bold strings rattled like splatters of sudden rain,
小絃切切如私語 : The fine strings hummed like lovers' whispers.
嘈嘈切切錯雜彈 : Chattering and pattering, pattering and chattering,
大珠小珠落玉盤 : As pearls, large and small, on a jade plate fall.

 

Please enjoy world class Pipa player, Ms Yu Jia, a Beijing born artist who is the leading soloist in the Singapore Chinese orchestra, playing Chinese Yi Minority dance.

 

 

 

 

 

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