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Like most of things in the world, I am made in China.
My home is in Oxford, UK. It's a magical place and I welcome you to visit.
I do Aikido and Kendo.
I love Performing Arts.
I read and think about things.
I write it down when I have to.
I value directness, simplicity and spontaneity. Letting things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. I take inspiration from Zen Buddhism and Taoism.
I cannot bear waiting on escalators but I can do mirror writing with left hand.
If you want to check my FB: https://www.facebook.com/qijun.zheng
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Like Dalai Lama says: "Money! Power! Sex!" However I'm interested in culture too. :)
Things which are mostly aimless, useless, purposeless.
- classical music
- rock climbing
- vegetarian food
- cognitive science
- cultural anthropology
- martial art
- shanghai before 1949
- night bus
- making fire
- cooking exchange
Music, Movies, and Books
I like the writings by Aldous Huxley, Oscar Wilde, Michael Tournier, Patrick Suskind, Stefan Zweig, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Gothe, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robbe-Grillet, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Yukio Mishima, Simone de Beauvoir, William Faulkner, Bohumil Hrabal, Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Italo Calvino, Marguerite Duras, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Celan, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Rilke Rainer Maria, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Jorges Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Franscoise Sagan, Marcel Proust.
I love the sound of wind and waves, colorful and rich voices, laughters, Tibetan horn, Japanese Koto, Yakut xomus/Jew's harp, Hang/ tongue drum/pan drum, Singing bowls
Classical music, I like pieces with piano and cello the most, church and chamber music are nice mostly, symphony depends, but I do listen to Wagner's ring so I am not sure where my limit is..
Composers: Bach, Debussy, Brahms, Satie, Mahler, Chopin, Henryk Górecki
Musicians: Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich, Jacqueline Du Pre, Pablo Casals, Fou Tsong
I really like Claudio Abbado.
Robert Rich, Lisa Moskow, Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Brian McBride, Ólafur Arnalds, Arve Henriksen, Greg Haines, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Bonobo and others from Ninja tune, the XX, Break of Reality, Gotan Project, Sigur Ros, Elliot Smith, Craig Armstrong, Sparklehorse, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Portishead, Björk. some electro, some Jazz. I used to listen lots rocks and metals, but I always cant go with hip-hop well, too much lyrics!
I watch a lot documentaries and TED talks, some films and series.
I like images and stories from Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Ki-duk Kim, Kar Wai Wong, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Luc Besson, Pedro Almodovar, Takeshi Kitano, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Akira Kurosawa, Miyazaki Hayao&Studio Ghibli, Martin Scorsese, Giuseppe Tornatore, Lars von Trier, DOGMA,
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Falling in love.
Teach, Learn, Share
I have nothing in mind to teach or learn from a roofless traveller, so no pressure.
However if I host you, I would like to know what's your life is like.
We will share whatever comes along the way.
Mention some of your interests in your request. I'm easily intrigued by people's passion so I'm more likely to host you if you have some, no matter what it is.
Some quotes which I live with:
Even with these dark eyes, a gift of the dark night. I go to seek the shining light.
by Gu Cheng
Running water never grows stale. So you just have to 'keep on flowing'.
Emptiness is the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.
When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
by Bruce Lee
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
by Lao Zi
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
by Henry David Thoreau
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, United Kingdom, United States