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Visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall Posted by on Jul 18, 2018

Visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall

Pretty much everyone who comes to China hopes to see the Great Wall on their trip. Chairman Mao himself once famously said “You aren’t a real man until you’ve climbed the Great Wall” (不到长城非好汉 – bù dào cháng chéng fēi hǎo hàn). From Beijing, there are many different options for walking along one of the…

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Smoking in China Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

China is the largest tobacco (烟草yāncǎo) producer country in the world. Many countries around the world cultivate tobacco, but China exceeds them all: around a quarter of the tobacco fields of the world are in China. Millions of tons of tobacco are produced every year in China alone. But more distressing is the fact that,…

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Exploring South China – Shenzhen and Guangzhou Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

Exploring South China - Shenzhen and Guangzhou

Two of the biggest and most interesting cities to visit in South China are Shenzhen (深圳 – shēn zhèn) and Guangzhou (广州 – guǎng zhōu). Both cities have a wealth of cultural and historical attractions, as well as some massive markets, impressive theme parks, and of course plenty of delicious food. Check out a little…

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Chinese World Cup Vocabulary Posted by on Jul 3, 2018

Chinese World Cup Vocabulary

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you know that the biggest event in world sports is going on right now – the World Cup (世界杯 – shì jiè bēi). The 2018 edition is being held in Russia (俄罗斯 – È luó sī) for the first time ever. Although the Chinese team did not…

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Chocolate in China Posted by on Jul 2, 2018

Chocolate (巧克力 qiǎokèlì) consumption in China is pretty low. An average Chinese person enjoys no more than 100–200 grams chocolate in a year, a tiny amount compared to the chocolate consumption on the west. Some European countries consume more than 4 kilos of chocolate per capita. Chinese don’t have the western habit of eating a…

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