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Any Isabella is better than no Isabella at all.

It’s winter down here. My cold resistance has gone down since my not-even-cold Canada days. I even use an electric bed warmer because my room gets so cold, it’s got a breeze with windows closed. lol Anyway, since I’m on the topic, and calling for donations to combat the winter in the South is a yearly tradition that’s never-ending, I thought I would do a post on the Tibetan heating systems. I actually only saw these on various broadcasts of -probably- CCTV’s Yuanfang de Jia (远方的家).

This is a Kang (炕, from the Chinese “to bake or dry by the heat of a fire“) or a “bed-stove”.

Basically, you grill yourself in winter. Like I do with my electric bed warmer. xD

Like European ceramic stoves, Korean Ondol (온돌) underfloor heating, or… well, modern heated ceramic tile floor; a Kang is designed to keep you warm, especially in cold winter nights; like it is mentioned on Coldland People (寒地百姓吟, aka. Han Di Bai Xing Yin), the Tang Dynasty poem by Meng Jiao (孟郊) that starts with the following lines:

无火炙地眠,半夜皆立号。
冷箭何处来,棘针风骚骚。
霜吹破四壁,苦痛不可逃。

Translated on the Wiki page as: No fuel to heat the floor to sleep, standing and crying with cold at midnight instead.

Source: Baidu [includes a detailed explanation of the verses]

Appreciation for coal miners and heat aside; as fancy as floor-heating may look nowadays with ceramic tiles and electric heating. It all started with ovens built with brick and/or clay. A relatively more cost-efficient way to keep families in the South from freezing themselves to death.

I’m not crying, you are.

Did you get to see Faye Wong and Na Ying’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala collaboration? It’s been 20 years since it happened, and this year’s Years (岁月) was probably the most popular segment [like Tang Weiwei’s two years ago]. I do wonder why CCTV hasn’t uploaded the performance on its own (yet).

As far as I know, it’s only available for high quality download on QQ (though, geoblocked), unless… you know, you do your thing.

And now, someone was awesome enough to provide English translations~

Bless them~
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goran kudasai, dozo~

My yearly tradition~

(even though I haven’t been writing at all~~~ lol)

I hope I get to be more productive next year.

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Happy listening~