Blood is meant to be eaten by teachers, as it counters the harmful affects of chalk dust. I didn’t realise chalk dust could be so harmful, but there we go! Another Chinese belief is that eating certain animal body parts is good for the corresponding human body part. Therefore intestines are good for one’s intestines and so on.

It’s a good job I’m not a fussy eater. In polite Chinese society, it’s customary to put all the ‘best’ bits into your guest’s dish, and encourage them to eat more. I found myself having to ‘enjoy’ the ‘best’ bits quite a lot. Sadly vegetables are not considered worthy of being generously distributed. At least I’ll have remarkably healthy intestines!