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Archive for October, 2014

Better Know a… Province (Guangdong) Posted by on Oct 31, 2014

Our long and winding journey around the Middle Kingdom continues as we visit one of the most famous regions of China, the province once known as Canton – Guangdong (广东 – guǎng dōng). A brief intro to Guangdong. History Due to its geographic location far away from the center of power in early China, this…

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Chinese Halloween Vocabulary Posted by on Oct 30, 2014

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. From dressing up and going trick-or-treating as a youngster, to wild parties that seemed to last all weekend in college, to awesome Halloween concerts, to scaring the crap out of unsuspecting Beijingers on the subway, I’ve always had fun on October 31st. Although Halloween isn’t exactly…

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100 Most Common Chinese Characters (#81-100) Posted by on Oct 28, 2014

It’s been a long journey, but we’re finally to the last 20 of the 100 most common Chinese characters in our video series. 行 – xíng go; OK 方 – fāng side; square 又 – yòu again; both… and… 如 – rú like; as; as if 前 – qián in front; previous; ago 所 –…

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How to Order Coffee in Chinese Posted by on Oct 23, 2014

Cup of coffee in the big time.

When you’re in China, you’ll learn quickly that a big part of the culture is drinking tea. While tea is great and all, sometimes you’ve just got to get a good cup of joe. As Western things are super trendy in China, there are more and more coffee shops popping up every day. While still…

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From Fishing Village to Boom Town – Shenzhen Posted by on Oct 17, 2014

Back in the ’70s, there was a cluster of farming and fishing villages in southern China known as Baoan County (宝安区 – bǎo’ān qū). At that time, Deng Xiaoping was launching his new policy of Reform and Opening Up (改革开放 – gǎi gé kāi fàng), as he stated, “To be rich is glorious.” Thanks to…

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