Memories of Chinese Life

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Memories of Chinese Life 1949 
Many things needed to be done 
Memories of Chinese Life 1950s 
Clunese tunic suit replaced the western—style clothes and chi—pao 
Fashionable 'Lenin Coat' 
Girls keep on bib overa 
Little swallow wearing color clothes: 'platye' 
Food coupon starts the coupon era 
Residence booklet to control influxes into the urban area
Free public eaterie s 
Dusky and greasy 'row houses' 
Water supply station in Shanghai lanes 
Walking—based transportation 
Dangdang Bus renunds pedestrians to keep away from cars with bells 
Cartoon dance needs a 'big brother' 
A divorce is hereby granted as mediation failed 
Rural women have a bath in the bathhouse for the first time 
Transferring Shanghai haircutters to open Silian in Beijing 
National steelmaking movement 
Wronged sparrow 
Women were bashful when doing radio calisthenics 
Merit students 
The first national salary reform 
Memories of Chinese Life 1960s 
The food substitute movement: Man—made meat essence and appeasing hunger with chlorella 
Lying—in women provided with a lump sum subsidy of lkg of eggs 
Quota supply ofvegetable, shallot, ginger and garlic 
Umbrella and alarm clocks were also supplied with coupon 
Three years in new, three years in old and three years in patched 
No white buttons for white suit in Beijing 
Red Guard hairstyle 
State Council cuts sales oflipstick in China 
Renovating Fangua Lane 
Nine—storey Anhua Building nicknamed 'lugh—ranking official building' 
From honeycomb briquette to gas tank 
Forever, Phoenix and Flying Pigeon 
First Beijing subway built secretly 
We don 't accept tips 
Hundred Thousand Whys 
Learn from Daqing Oilfield for industrial production and learn from Dazhai for agricultural production 
Follow the good example of Lei Feng 
RMB4 as cash gift and 1 kilogram of candies as betrothal present 
Newly—married couples bowed to the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong 
Each family has the Little Red Book 
Badge bearing Chairman Mao's profile wom on the chest 
Loyalty dance 
The Red Guards take public transportation for free across the country to exchange revolutionary ideas 
Open—door schooling: Learning industrial production, agricultural production and military affairs 
Educated youth go and work in the countryside and mountainous areas 
Barefoot doctor helps the local people 
Eggs as 'cash' 
Memories of Chinese Life 1970s 
With Dacron inside 
Police officers chase young people wearing bell—bottoms 
Pierre Cardin and 12 models debuts at Beijing Cultural Palace of Nationalities 
A hubbub of voices in the tube—shaped apartments 
Earthquake shelter—tents set up by making use ofevery single space 
The 'Stone Gate' residence, not a 'new horizon' 
The Bund, the dimly—lit paradise for couples 
First 3,000 boxes ofbottled Coca—Cola delivered to Beijing 
Eight model operas entertain 800 million people in eight years 
Chinese movies are like news summaries 
Sandakan 8, Proof of the Man and Kimi Yo Funme No Kawa O Watare 
Popular but not wlgar picture—story books 
36 'legs' and 'three betrothal presents with wheels and one with sound' 
Shanghai products sell well 
The first TV commercial for ginseng tonic wine broadcasted at the first day of the Lunar Year 
Resumption ofuniversity entrance examination with an application fee of RMB 
Overseas Chinnese students make a stirin the United States 
Villagers of Xiaogang Village fingerprint for all—around contract 
Watclung CCTV News becomes a habit 
All Chinese people listen to the Legend of Yue Fei told by Liu Lanfang 
Fragrance ofpuffed rice on the street 
Memories of Chincse Life 1980s
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In the 1960s, rural areas used straw and firewood as the fuel while urban areas used honeycomb briquettes.In winter there was no heating and stove were used for heating.Before winter, residents needed to buy an iron stovepipe and install the stove themselves.In the 1960s, LPG was available for common people.(Across Beijing, Volume I) 
It was not easy to ignite a stove.First, one needed to put a piece of scrunched paper into the hearth with a piece of turf for igniting, on which honeycomb briquette was put.Then one needed to ignite the paper which lighted the turf and the coal in order.Step by step, the stove was ignited.In the process, smoke was strong and filled the whole room. 
It was not that hard to learn how to ignite the stove.What was difficult was to keep the flame and reach the purpose of heating. 
Many had a similar experience.Every day they started with opening the stove, cleaning coal ash, feeding coal to the stove and then sealing the stove after 15-20 minutes; when they returned from work, they first opened the stove,cleaned coal ash and fed fuel to the stove.It was nearly 8 oclock in night when the flame was roaring.After enjoying heating for about two hours, it would be time to sleep.Therefore the highest room temperature in night was about 10 to 13 degrees Celsius. 
However, it was common for the stove to be extinguished. 
The highest worry of using the honeycomb briquette was carbon monoxide poisoning, or gas poisoning". 
When the coalmen delivered briquettes to door, he was always well received with tea and a cigarette to get more dry briquettes.The newly made briquettes were wet and could hardly be ignited.What's more, wet briquettes could easily produce carbon monoxide.Therefore everybody was nice to coalmen.Of course, neighbors were considerate to coalmen.A cart of briquettes weighed several hundred kilograms and the coalman needed to push the cart and carry the briquettes himself.It was laborious and the coalman could sweat even in the late autumn after delivering a cart of briquettes.Everybody earned money the hard way, so they sent what they could to the coalman.
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