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Unusual trip to the suburbs augurs well

作者: 安庆翻译公司  发布时间:2017-05-03 22:48:28  点击率:

 Unusual trip to the suburbs augurs well5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

 5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

 5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

 5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

 5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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By James Healy5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

It was my good fortune recently to travel to Beijing's far-flung Pinggu district, where I was greeted by strikingly blue skies and white, cotton-puff clouds.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

An extraordinary feast of Yangtze fat-head fish cooked over a wood fire awaited me, but that was merely icing on the cake.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I went to Pinggu, about an hour's drive from my home in Chaoyang district, specifically to consult with Liu Ming, a fortune teller in his 80s who, though deprived of sight, is known for his insights.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Only once before have I consulted a seer, and that episode increased my respect for the mysteries of the universe. I came across the clairvoyant by chance as she was seated in a lighted booth on a dark, remote hillside at a Halloween pumpkin patch in my US hometown. She told me I would soon travel to a faraway land and, in fact, three months later I was offered a job in Beijing.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

In Pinggu, my Chinese friends and I arrived at Liu's home after passing through a gate that creaked eerily as it swung in the breeze.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The seer sat cross-legged atop a raised brick platform on which bedding was neatly stacked. The furrows of his forehead and wrinkles on his face were bathed in brilliant sunlight that streamed through open curtains.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Pausing occasionally as he coughed and leaned forward to use a plastic bucket as a spittoon, he asked my friend Anne, a Beijing native, to tell him her full name as well as the date and time of her birth.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He then conducted what seemed to be a conversation, a give-and-take with an ethereal accomplice, whispering and pondering and sometimes counting on his fingers.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

With a rising pitch, Liu then issued a lengthy pronouncement, punctuated by ironic grins, before it was my turn to sit before the seer.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I learned that my prospects would be better if I stayed longer in China rather than returning to the United States, and that I had been born at a time of day that attracted bad luck.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

What struck me, though, was Liu's reference to two serious accidents in my past and a third that loomed this year, unless I followed his prescription - the nature of which indicated he was aware of the sort of accidents I'd had.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

My prescription, admittedly involving a heavy dose of superstition, called for a special formula painted on red paper and placed in an envelope, which I was then to toss into a busy intersection at 6 pm.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

My two accidents were terrible crashes that should have taken my life. One involved an airborne car rolling several times down an embankment, which flattened the car like a pancake. The other was a high-speed, head-on collision on a California freeway.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Happenstance? Perhaps. But I found Pinggu's fresh air and the ancient art of fortune-telling to be a spell-binding and exhilarating potion.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The fish was likewise out of this world.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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Unusual trip to the suburbs augurs well5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

James Healy is from the United States and has been a copy editor at China Daily since 2014. He is an advanced student of Chen style tai chi and enjoys Chinese culture, food and carvings.5i6安庆翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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