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Archive for May, 2012

Dumplings (饺子) Posted by on May 30, 2012

 A fellow 老外 studying abroad with me in China once said that “A man can live off of dumplings and beer alone, and it ain’t a bad existence”. True words probably haven’t ever been spoken. For a mere 十快 (shí kuài)-that’s a little under two us dollars- you get everything you need. The holy trifecta…

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Xian (西安) – City Wall (城墙) Posted by on May 29, 2012

Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in China, dating back over 3,000 years. One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, and also the east terminus of the Silk Road, this city is rich in Chinese history and culture. In this short video, stroll along the ancient City Wall, and go around the…

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My Neighborhood (我的小区) Posted by on May 27, 2012

Build your Chinese vocabulary and learn how to talk about your neighborhood with this easy to follow video. In Chinese with subtitles (characters, pinyin, and English). 这是我的小区 zhè shì wǒ de xiǎo qū This is my neighborhood. 我的小区里有 wǒ de xiǎo qū lǐ yǒu… In my neighborhood, there is… 小公园 xiǎo gōng yuán a small…

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The Summer Palace (颐和园) Posted by on May 24, 2012

Summer approaches, and with it blows the stifling heat of the western desert winds. In Beijing, temperatures exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit daily, which coupled with humidity and miles upon miles of blacktop and concrete, gives you a pretty good idea what a steamed bun, or 包子 (bāo zi) feels like. Luckily, there are a few…

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Eating Bitterness at Shaolin (吃苦) Posted by on May 20, 2012

Many people have asked about my experience studying kungfu at Shaolin first hand (体验生活-tǐ yàn shēng huó), so here’s a in-depth look at what the Shaolin hustle is all about. While prior to my stay, I had very little experience in Shaolin kung-fu styles and methods of training and was quickly thrown into a sink…

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