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Top 10 of 2013 Posted by on Dec 31, 2013

Yet another year is coming to a close here, and while some people loathe end of the year Top 10 lists, I happen to be a huge fan of them. When I was a kid, I used to write down my Top 10 songs of the year every year, after much deliberation of course. I…

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2013 Year in Review Video (Part One) Posted by on Dec 31, 2013

2013 was a huge year of travel for this blogger. Join me on a video journey through this past year while learning the Chinese words for the seasons, a few Chinese holidays, and also plenty of countries and cities that I visited. Happy New Year everyone! 冬天 – dōng tiān winter 哈尔滨 – hā ěr…

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How to Say “Merry Christmas” in Chinese Posted by on Dec 24, 2013

Although most Chinese people don’t really celebrate Christmas (or understand what the holiday is, for that matter), it’s becoming more and more popular. In fact, if you visited Beijing in December, you’d probably think the entire population of the city celebrated Christmas – trees are everyone, “Jingle Bells” is playing non-stop, and you’ll even see…

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Santa Claus is Coming to China Posted by on Dec 23, 2013

Everyone is getting in the holiday spirit, even in China, where most people don’t know a thing about Christmas (圣诞节 – shèng dàn jié). Well, there’s one thing most Chinese know about Christmas – shopping. This time of year, it’s impossible to avoid giant tacky Christmas trees, and you’re sure to hear “Jingle Bells” just…

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Beihai and Houhai Posted by on Dec 18, 2013

Get 海 in Beijing with us on a video tour through Beihai Park and around Houhai lake. These man-made bodies of water in the center of the city are one of the best places to experience real Beijing culture, whether it’s singing, exercising, or just playing games. 海 – hǎi sea; body of water 北海公园…

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