Celebrating Anglo-Chinese Relations; 21st October 2015 is Double Ninth Day, Chongyang 重九節

The Hamlet of Scarthin within Cromford, where this blog is based, leads the way in Anglo-Chinese relations, and here are some photographs from the narrative (which also involved the hamlet of Upperwood within Matlock Bath).

IMG_6088R. soon changed into traditional RED.

OliverPiggyBackingWith niece and Ma and Pa … in the country.

ChinaFamilyPlus2015With sister and son … in the city.

RuthShezhenHospitalA student at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford visits Beijing University Hospital, Shenzhen


..and there’s lots more where those come from (in fact I give illustrated talks).

This blog post is being assembled on 21st. October 2015 which this year is the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, Double Ninth Day or Chongyang. Yang means nine but also denotes the masculine as opposed to Yin which is feminine  and ‘chong’ in Chinese means double, hence Chongyang.

(In addition, the state visit of Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic, is today in full swing. Can he lend us some of our money back?)

I am told that on this day, the tombs of ancestors may be visited and swept and a mountain climbed for protection against the dangers of such doubled masculinity. I recommend Lantau Peak (thanks, Wikipedia) which is a Monroe (3000 ft+, 914.4 m+). Chrysanthemum wine is a traditional drink. But treat this webknow with scepticism.


Finally, of course a Lattice Labyrinth Tessellation, The two odd numbers, nine and nine generate  Serpentine Lattice Labyrinth (9,9), and here it is. Maybe the snakes could be transmuted into dragons. The colours are of the Chinese flag superimposed on England’s Green and Pleasant Land.

Serpentine (9,9) ChonyangFinal

An inexpensive how-to-do-it  Lattice Labyrinths workbook  is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.


About davescarthin

After terminating academic and local government careers, long an independent bookseller/publisher at Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, UK. An antiquarian bookseller in two senses, I now have more time to be an annuated independent post-doc, developing the long dormant topic of lattice labyrinth tessellations - both a mathematical recreation and a source of compelling practical tiling and textile designs. Presenting a paper and experiencing so many others at Bridges Seoul 2014 Mathart conference was a great treat, as were the spirited MathsJam Annual Conferences in November 2016 and 2017. I'm building up to a more academic journal paper and trying hard to find practical outlets in graphic design and landscape architecture. I submitted 8 ft square tiling designs to the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail in 2016 and 2017. I love giving illustrated talks, tailored to the audience. Get in touch to commission or to collaborate.
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