Mandarin Love: The Three Friends of Winter (Sui Han San You) | Speaking of China

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  1. Marta
    Marta January 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm | | Reply

    Happy new year, Jocelyn! For me, the three friends of winter are the hot water bottle, the electric blanket and the long underwear. Haha!

    Regarding plants, I noticed there are some other things that bloom in the winter, as in our compound there are flowers all year round! The magnolia and apricot trees downstairs are starting to bud! They will have flowers within a month I think.

  2. Maria
    Maria January 4, 2018 at 4:07 am | | Reply

    Happy New Year Jocelyn and Jun! I wish that Canada had the plum blossom, it is quite beautiful to look at, maybe I could transplant the seed here and let them bloom? 😉 I love Jun’s outlook on how the ‘three’ friends can make someone feel better about the season!

    Hope you are feeling better! I think in January, the thing that we look forward to is Chinese New Year, as we know it is coming up either in January or February. I know in Canada it isn’t as big as it is in China, but, it is something that we think about planning at this time. How is Beijing so far? Talk soon!

  3. Dan Yeh
    Dan Yeh January 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    Jocelyn,
    I want to thank you for “re-educating” me in regards to these “Three Friends”. As kids growing up, totally away from Chinese culture, my parents tried to instill in us some of our heritage. I vaguely remember their attempts in mentioning the deep poetic meaning of the “Three Friends”, but at our then young age we did not comprehend the beautiful symbolism behind the literal story. Thanks to you reintroduction, together with great illustration via those photos, I now fully appreciate the deep meaning of the “Three Friends” I know it ironic to be learning my heritage from a transplanted Caucasian American, but it is great that you are taking all the efforts to initiate the rest of us into the more sophisticated side of Chinese culture.

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