China: the new buzz word

On our way to drop our child at school this morning, he asked us (again!) where the plane on the Air Zimbabwe billboard was going to. Fed up of giving the same answer, my wife responded ‘it’s going to China’. The inquisitive little boy then asked ‘kukavina? (is it going to dance in China?)’. Not knowing what to say, my wife and I just looked at each other and laughed.

China is the new buzz word in town. Newspaper articles, commentaries and conversations at the pubs. One person even suggested our schools start teaching Chinese in anticipation of both the ‘influx’ and for our children to know the language so as to assist them on their future trips to the people’s republic.

Talking of the ‘influx’ reports say in the past month the Immigration department has received 400 visa application from China. Whether this figure is exaggerated or not Malawian’s better brace themselves for an influx in both human and non-human form.

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2 Responses

  1. Soyapi says:

    Mwina mwanayo anauzidwa kuti anthu amakavina ku matchaina

  2. Shaolin Temple in china is looking very nice .I want to share the details of Shaolin Temple with the blog user.
    Shaolin Temple, in the region of Song Mountain, Dengfeng City, Henan Province, is reputed to be ‘the Number One Temple under Heaven’. The temple is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel. One can see wild flowers and pines on the mountain. With birds singing and a brook spattering, a beautiful scene full of life and vitality is revealed to the visitors.

    Shaolin Temple embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Shaolin Temple Martial Art Training Center. Visitors may follow the virtual guide about the Shaolin Temple.

    First we see the Shanmen Hall. Hung on its top is a tablet reading ‘Shaolin Temple’. The tablet was inscribed by the Emperor Kangxi (1622 – 1723) during the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). Under the stairs of the hall crouches two stone lions made in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The hall enshrines the Maitreya Buddha. Two sides of the corridor behind the hall’s gate are paved with inscriptions on stone steles made during several different dynasties.

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