Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”
In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des
ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.
Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo
untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.
For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor
k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w
eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.
Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o
nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.
So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent
h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray
ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
and thus successfully averted gales and huge waves as high as 8 meters, according to the weatherman aboard the ship, Wang Lei.
For example, with no ice areas in Prydz Bay to shelter the ship, Xuelong had to de
part from Zhongshan one day earlier than scheduled in order not be blocked by a whole gale and huge waves. After
leaving the bay, it was first headed northwest to the marine-based west Antarctic ice sheet.
”Then a strong cyclone is moving to us and its resulting waves will block our way to north,” Wang said.
Due to the weather, Xuelong chose to sail westward at the edge of the westerlies to reach a haven area between two moving
cyclones, where it had spent two days before huge waves again blocked its way northward.
”After that, Xuelong had spent about 20 hours in waters east to the Kerguelan Is
lands in order to stay away from the winds and waves on Wednesday,” Shen said.
with maybe a million of his supporters, and I suspect both of us,
both sides, will be handing flowers to the military and the
people guarding the bridge, and seeing whether they can be persuaded to do what they must realize is the right thing,” Branson said.
Maduro is planning to stage a rival concert on the other side of the Tienditas Bridge in Tachira, Venezuela.
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Photos showed workers setting up scaffolding and stages some 1,000 feet from each oth
er, separated only by the containers that the Venezuelan government has installed to block access to the country.
”We just want peace and tranquility,” Maduro said during a televised speech on Thursday.
Guaido left Caracas on Thursday with a group of lawmakers headed to the border to “welcome the humanitarian aid,” his spokesman, Edward Rodriguez, told CNN.
A convoy of buses carrying members of Venezuela’s National Assembly, who were traveling separately from Guaido, was blocked briefly en route to the border.
the country, sourcing the best of the best for everything from game meats to that addictive Irish b
utter. “The idea there was to get the best produce that we can within Ireland,” says Heery.Spread acr
oss the sprawling property are four different restaurants, each catering to a specific mood or type of guest.
The Oak Room is Adare’s fine-dining option, housed inside a stunningly renovated oak-pa
neled dining room. Local artists were even commissioned to design bespoke wood and ceramic plates a
nd serving pieces, with some of the material coming from the hotel’s own woodlands.
A six-course, prix-fixe menu with wine pairing will set guests back €250 (ab
out $283) per person. The meal includes elevated takes on traditional Irish fare like
Tipperary quail with salsify and bacon, or 24-hour-cooked Dexter beef with truffles and morel mushrooms. A
nd, of course, service is top notch.For those looking for a more traditional experience, the hotel’s Gallery serves a p
roper Irish afternoon tea that will upend all expectations (and probably ruin you for any version thereafter).
Guests are treated to a selection of four petite sandwiches, including local salmon and ham; freshly baked scones with
clotted cream; and five different desserts like a tiramisu “shot” filled with coffee jelly and mascarpone mousse.
The room itself is also mighty impressive: based on the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
it’s 132 feet long with gargantuan marble fireplaces and walls decorated with hand-carved Bible scenes.