Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Glimpse of China: Professional Ear Cleaners

Ear cleaning in the park
Photo Credit: Iain MacLean

Actually, this is a glimpse into the city of Chengdu, where you can have your ears cleaned by a professional in one of the many outdoor tea houses. 

Dating back since the Song dynasty, professional ear cleaners wander around tea houses offering their services. They carry with them a variety of instruments, long sticks with attachments at the end: goose feather brushes that tickle, tiny scoops for gathering ear wax, razors to remove ear hair, and tuning forks that create relaxing vibrations. A professional ear cleaner knows how to access the ears acupressure points, creating a pleasant, meditative experience.

And when your ears have been cleaned and groomed, you can resume sipping your tea.

Photo Credit: Aidan Whiteley
Would you be open to such a service? I admit, my curiosity is peaked, but I'm not sure I would have the courage!


  1. I was laughing out loud at this. Whenever I cut Gary's hair I do a sneaky ear groom, albeit only of the snipping the hair kind. I'm not sure he'd be up for a full vibrate and wax!!

    1. Lol - I really can't imagine having someone else digging around in my ears! You should put that offer out to Gary, and see what he says!


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