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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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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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A Big Buddha and More on Lantau Island Posted by on Oct 15, 2014

Cruise over to Lantau Island for an awesome Hong Kong day trip. Take the cable car for stunning views, climb to the top of the Big Buddha, wander through the wisdom path, and pay a visit to the Po Lin Monastery. 大屿山 – dà yǔ shān Lantau Island 你需要排队一个小时左右 nǐ xū yào pái duì yī…

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10 Things I Love About China Posted by on Oct 10, 2014

Fujian tulou.

As promised, here’s the follow up to my “10 Things I Hate About China” post with some things that I love about this country. 1. Its Natural Beauty When most people think of China, the first thing that comes to mind are mega-cities with congested roads, massive crowds of people, factories churning out cheap goods…

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10 Things I Hate About China Posted by on Oct 8, 2014

A typical crowd on a Chinese holiday.

Have you ever seen that 90’s movie “10 Things I Hate About You”? It’s been a while since I’ve watched it, but it came up in conversation the other day and led to a discussion of “10 Things I Hate About China.” Having lived here for many years, I definitely have a love/hate relationship with…

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