shuāng pair


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Appropriately the representation is of two hands, it used to include a pair of birds but that has been simplified

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Pronunciation

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Cities

双鸭山 Shuangyashan, Heilongjiang
双辽 Shuangliao, Jilin

Phrases

请给我一双筷子 qǐng gěi wǒ yī shuāng kuài zǐ Please bring me a pair of chopsticks
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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