Saturday, July 31, 2010

Animal Parts For Sale On Duolun Road

These various animal parts are for sale on Duolun Road in Shanghai.

Animal parts

Often used in Chinese traditional medicine, the dried glands and organs of various animals can still be seen on roadside stalls and traditional markets in the city.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cardboard Recycling In Shanghai

Much of Shanghai city's waste is still collected by an itinerant army of scrap peddlars who trawl the streets in search of cardboard and aluminium cans to resell to dealers.




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Monday, July 26, 2010

Chinese Ornamental Goldfish

A common sight in luxury Chinese hotel lobbies and restaurants are tanks of ornamental goldfish.

Goldfish

A species of carp, goldfish have been kept as ornamental fish in China for centuries and there are now over 300 varities. The practice of keeping ornamental fish spread from China to Japan where koi carp are a symbol of good fortune and are much prized by fish breeders.

Goldfish

Ornamental fish are also kept in outdoor ponds in temples and gardens throughout China.


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Night views from Shanghai World Financial Centre

上海环球金融中心

The Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) is an iconic skyscraper in Shanghai's Pudong area.

Shanghai World Financial Centre

The building was developed by the Japanese Mori Corporation and is a must-see for the many Japanese tourists who visit the city on package tours every day.

Shanghai World Financial Centre

The night view from the observation deck is a popular draw. The observation deck at 474m on the 100th floor remains the highest in the world.


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Being Vegetarian

Give me some minutes and I’ll give you 1 perfect reason for being vegetarian.

While fish serves as the major dietary supply of the long-chain omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which have been shown to be essential in supporting brain health, low intake of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in vegetarians won't adversely affect mood, based on a new study (Nutr J. 2010;9:26. DOI:10.1186/1475-2891-9-26).

A study team from Arizona State University conducted a cross-sectional study to check the mood of vegetarians who never eat fish with the mood of healthy omnivorous adults.

A total of 138 healthy Seventh Day Adventist adults residing in Arizona and California (64 vegetarians and 79 non-vegetarians) were enrolled in the study and completed a health history questionnaire, food frequency questionnaire and a couple psychometric tests, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale and also the Profile of Mood States..

Vegetarians had significantly lower mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and also the omega-6 arachidonic acid; they had higher intakes of the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and the omega-6 linoleic acid.

"Seed oils are the richest sources of α-linolenic acid, notably those of rapeseed (canola), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed (Linseed oil), clary sage seeds, perilla, chia, and hemp."

However, the vegetarians also reported even less negative emotion than omnivores in both psychometric tests. Mean total psychometric scores were positively related to the mean intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid , and inversely related to alpha-linolenic acid and linolenic acid intake.

The study team noted there is also the possibility that vegetarians may make better dietary choices and may generally be healthier and happier.

If you'd like to give it a try, this is a good example of vegetarian recipe based on Italian cuisine

Italian Spaghetti with Zucchini

Ingredients:
* 17 oz. Spaghetti
* 24 oz. Of thin sliced zucchini
* 1 / 2 cup walnuts oil
* Some basil leaves
* 2 tablespoons of yeast flakes
* Salt and pepper

In a skillet or frying pan heat the oil and when hot, add garlic and zucchini. Raise the heat and stir often to finish their cooking. They should be golden and crispy outside and tender inside. Cook the pasta, drain and sauté in pan with zucchini, basil and yeast. Serve immediately.

Zucchini contain fewer calories and also have no fat. But they are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin e, ascorbic acid, folate, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Most of these nutrients are very sensitive to heat and to enjoy their benefits you should find a quick method to cook or even eat raw in salads.

From the therapeutic viewpoint, zucchini have laxative, refreshing, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and detoxifying action.

About the writer - Louise Infante writes for the vegetarian weekly menu blog , her personal hobby blog centered on vegetarian cooking tips to help individuals live better.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Moon Gates in China

Moon Gates are a traditional design of Chinese gardens.

Chinese Moon Gate

Moon-shaped gates, often with wooden doors, though often without doors, offer pedestrian access to the various courtyards and inner spaces in Chinese gardens and palaces.

Moon Gate