jiāng river

Sounds same

jiāng (border)

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Pronunciation

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Provinces

浙江 Zhejiang
黑龙江 Heilongjiang
江苏 Jiangsu
江西 Jiangxi

Cities

江门 Jiangmen, Guangdong
牡丹江 Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang
潜江 Qianjiang, Hubei
镇江 Zhenjiang, Jiangsu
九江 Jiujiang, Jiangxi
内江 Neijiang, Sichuan
湛江 Zhanjiang, Guangdong
丽江 Lijiang, Yunnan
阳江 Yangjiang, Guangdong

People

江泽民 Jiang Zemin
Mon 19th Feb

The year of the Pekingese dog

With many people still celebrating the Spring Festival and the start of the Year of the Dog, I came across a piece describing the decline of what was the most famous breed of dog in China. The Pekingese were Dowager Empress Cixi's favorite dog and she kept hundreds. They were bred to look like tiny lions rather than dogs and Cixi kept them as lap dogs. They were given marble kennels in the Forbidden City and rested on silk cushions. Imperial eunuchs looked after the dogs and they were given the choicest meat and rice. As part of the spoils of the sacking of the Summer Palace in the Opium Wars (1860) one Pekingese dog was sent back to Queen Victoria which she kept as a pet called 'Looty'.

In China the Pekingese breed is not now popular, people now prefer poodles and other breeds. The small, local population is now considered so inbred that Chinese are looking to bring back Pekingese from overseas to re-invigorate the breed.


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