100 words of China clichés


To celebrate our 100 posts centenary on the Anthill, I've put together exactly 100 words (inspired by the mini fiction on this site) of clichés about China – the kind of clichés we're trying to belie at the Anthill, with stories of everyday experience rather than the "big picture".

Who can add to the list?


Land of contradictions. Everything true its opposite too. Shakes the world. Interesting times. With Chinese characteristics. Dragons. Rising. Booming. Breakneck. Inscrutable. Chinese whispers. Chairman Meow. Panda hugger. Hu? Wen? Xi’s the man. Spiritual vacuum. Bad air. Shoddy toys. Restive [insert region]. Turbulent era. Anything exotic. Anything picturesque. Anything with communist and capitalist in the same sentence. Anything contrasting old and new. Any juxtaposition ever. Almond eyes. Moon face. Little emperor. Middle Kingdom. 5000 years of history. Confucian values. Confucius, he say. Ancient proverb. Kung fu. Sexpat. China hand. Foreign expert. Story around every corner. Grain of truth to every cliché.