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Gary is a long-time China Watcher with a keen interest  in bridging the gap between the Middle Kingdom and the rest of us. Click here to visit my LinkedIn page. For a list of publications and academic related information visit my Academia page here.

“Why 2050? Let’s look as far as the ruling party of China does. Yes, they still expect to be calling the shots by mid-century when the promise of realising a ‘moderately well off society’ will be achieved. Follow me, follow 1.3 billion Chinese, as we examine the present in anticipation of a Chinese future. Let’s pray we make it to 2050! As the Chinese saying goes: ‘Every journey starts with a single step’.” And so long as I stay clear of the baijiu I think I’ll be able to stagger on.

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  • May 12th 201001:05
    by passer-by

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    came across ur blog while searching for sth. about Happy Jiangyin. very much appreciate ur articles and original remarks. i see ur professional attitude in the notes for proper nouns in both pinyin and Chinese characters. keep going! i would gladly stay tuned.

    • May 13th 201022:05
      by Gary

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      Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Nov 5th 201015:11
    by Michael Clement

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    Hi, I was looking to get a few details about your image of the nu river valley and the with the villages and small scale agriculture. Do you have an exact location or village name? What are the villagers growing? is there any local conflict specific to that area in terms of proposed dams nearby?

    • Nov 6th 201002:11
      by Gary

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      Hi there, good to hear from you. It would be best if you emailed me with your request (attach the image to the message) at: gary.sigley@uwa.edu.au

  • Jan 16th 201108:01
    by Jarek

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    Hi Gary,

    Just came across your blog when collecting info on early Chan masters. Enjoyed reading it very much – very informative and well researched, good work! I will be visiting your blog regularly. Kind regards – Jarek

    • Jan 16th 201112:01
      by Gary

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      Thanks Jarek,

      The new temple complex will be completed in a year or two. Once complete if you have time I suggest you make a visit.

      Cheers,

      Gary

  • Jan 16th 201117:01
    by Jarek

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    Hey Gary,
    Thank you for kind suggestion. I may have some question concerning some of your trips, is it OK to contact you by email you provided above? Cheers – Jarek

  • Feb 10th 201106:02
    by Scott

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    Hello,

    I was very interested on your posts about the Ancient Tea Horse Trail. In your interviews, did you record any of their old songs? I heard a number of them when I went to Yunnan years ago, but unfortunately didn’t record any. I’d just like to learn a few of them.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Sincerely,
    Scott

    • Feb 10th 201108:02
      by Gary

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      Hi Scott,

      Thanks for your post. Yes, I did record a little ‘ditty’ by an old muleteer in Haba. I believe some other scholars and enthusiasts have recorded some of the old songs. I’d like to learn some too, though to be authentic that would probably involve coming to grips with Yunnanese and I imagine the various ethnic groups sing in their own languages, but I suppose we can do it Mandarin too.

      What do you do in ‘chinese tea culture’? As I write this I’m enjoying a special blend of Earl Grey Puer!

      Cheers,

      Gary

  • Feb 18th 201104:02
    by Scott

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    Hi Gary,

    Do you have any idea if anybody’s posted them anywhere on the web? I can speak a tiny bit of Yunnanhua, but you’re right, the songs are probably in a lot of dialects. I’ve been studying Chinese tea culture for 25 years or so. I moved to China around 10 years ago because of it. Any chance you could send me an email? I have a ton of questions for you about the Chamagudao.

    Earl Grey Puer? I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’m enjoying some aged Yancha from Wuyishan in Fujian. It’s Qianlixiang Wulong. Lovely stuff. I drink tea from the time I wake up until I go to bed. I’m an addict and proud.

    Have a remarkable, tea-filled day,

    Scott

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