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Archive for May, 2011

Photo Gallery: Simatai Great Wall(司马台长城画廊) Posted by on May 16, 2011

Video Slideshow: Thumbnail Gallery: All photographs are courtesy of Stephen M. Fiedler, twitter: @seeitbelieveit Please contact for any use of these images.  

From Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Posted by on May 15, 2011

In the outskirts of Beijing, it’s possible to hike from the old, wild Great Wall to the newer, tourist friendly section. Starting out at Jiankou (剪口), you can see how the Wall was when it was built hundreds of years ago. After a few hours of hiking on the rugged terrain, you arrive at Mutianyu…

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More Chinglish Fun Posted by on May 14, 2011

After looking over Steve’s recent post about the phenomenon of Chinglish, I decided that it was about time I put together a photo album of my own depicting the hilarious, often times strange world of English with Chinese characteristics. With big cities like Beijing and Shanghai doing their best to rid the streets of Chinglish…

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Photo Gallery: Summer Palace (颐和园画廊) Posted by on May 12, 2011

Summer Palace Video Slidshow: Thumbnail gallery below:   All photographs are courtesy of Stephen M. Fiedler, twitter: @seeitbelieveit Please contact for any use of these images.

Chinese Idioms Vol. 1 Posted by on May 9, 2011

Just like English, Chinese is a language with countless idioms (成语 – chéng yǔ). Studying Chinese idioms not only helps you improve your language skills, but it also provides insights into a rich culture that is thousands of years old. In a new series of posts, I will begin introducing some common and interesting idioms…

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History of the PRC – Part Eighteen Posted by on May 7, 2011

With Mao Zedong (毛泽东) in control of the Communist Party (中共) and Chiang Kai-shek (蒋介石) leading the Kuomintang (国民党), China was still in the midst of a devastating civil war during World War II. The Second United Front had come to an end, and the separate factions were unable to cooperate with each other in…

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Pingyao Ancient City – Part Two Posted by on May 5, 2011

For our second day in Pingyao, we had a nice balance of learning and fun, thanks to the multitude of museums and temples scattered throughout the city and the various games and shops that surround them. Join me on this video journey to see the City God temple, a Taoist temple the Confucius temple, and…

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