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Archive for January, 2013

Chinese Basketball (CBA) Posted by on Jan 28, 2013

After Yao Ming (姚明 – yáo míng) joined the NBA, basketball took China by storm. Ping pong tables everywhere were left deserted as millions of Chinese youth instead began opting to lace up their Nikes and hit the basketball court (篮球场 – lán qiú chǎng). These days, basketball is everywhere you look here. The courts are…

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Zharu Valley Eco-Tourism Hike Day Two Posted by on Jan 23, 2013

For the second day of the hike, we headed to the sacred peak of the mountain. The views from the top were absolutely stunning, as we were standing at nearly 4,000 meters high. On the way down, we saw a herd of yaks running up the mountain. Another night in a log cabin had us…

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Zharu Valley Eco-Tourism Hike Day One Posted by on Jan 19, 2013

The other day, I wrote an article about our 3-day eco-tourism hike in the Zharu Valley near Jiuzhaigou National Park. I’ve been living in China for almost four years now, and in that time I have traveled to many places and experienced many adventures. This one in particular stands out above the rest, and I…

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Better Know a… Province (Part Four) Posted by on Jan 16, 2013

We’re making our way all around China here, one province, municipality, autonomous region, and special administrative region at a time. So far, we’ve been to both Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Heilongjiang, Sichuan and Gansu provinces. Today, we’re heading to the east coast, to Zhejiang province (浙江省 – zhè jiāng shěng). A CCTV Travelogue…

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Chinese Family Tree Posted by on Jan 14, 2013

Family is important in all cultures around the world. After all, where would we be without our family? When learning a new language, this topic always comes up. Of course, the many words used to describe relationships in a family can be confusing. In order to help you discuss your family in Chinese, I’m going…

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Jiuzhaigou National Park Posted by on Jan 11, 2013

Tour China’s most beautiful national park with this video that takes you around Jiuzhaigou in northern Sichuan province. Enjoy the stunning scenery of lakes, mountains, waterfalls, and more at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.   坐车的人特别多 – zuò chē de rén tè bié duō There are so many people taking the bus.   树正沟 –…

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3-Day Beijing Tour Posted by on Jan 8, 2013

I’ve been living here in China’s capital city for over three years now. In that time, I’ve played tour guide on numerous occasions, whether it be for friends visiting, couch surfers, or whoever else ends up hanging out with me and wanting to explore this amazing city. Even after three years, there are still some…

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