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One Day in Zhuhai Posted by on May 28, 2015

It’s a quick and easy boat ride from Shenzhen over to Zhuhai, one of China’s first SEZs and a popular tourist destination. Take a stroll along the shore, check out the Fisher Girl statue, and explore the walking street at night for food and drink. 珠海 – zhū hǎi Zhuhai 操场 – cāo chǎng playground…

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In the (Chinese) Kitchen – Cooking Terms Posted by on May 26, 2015

We’ve already spent a good amount of time in the Chinese kitchen, learning the words for kitchen appliances as well as dishes, utensils, and more. Now that you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to learn some useful Chinese vocabulary for cooking: Preparation peel (剥 – bō) cut (切 – qiè) slice (切片 – qiē…

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Top 10 Places in Beijing Posted by on May 25, 2015

Beijing is an enormous metropolis with a history going back thousands of years, and it’s usually the first stop for tourists coming to China. There’s enough to do in and around the city to keep you busy for years; trust me, I spent more than four of them living there. For travelers with only a…

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Chillin’ in Guilin Posted by on May 21, 2015

After cycling, cruising up the Li River, and exploring in Yangshuo, followed by hiking in the Longji rice terraces, it’s time to chill in Guilin to wind down a trip in China’s Guangxi region. Munch on rice noodles, stroll in the park, and check out the night market. 桂林 – guì lín Guilin 桂林米粉 –…

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Longji Rice Terraces Video Tour Posted by on May 18, 2015

Take a video tour of the majestic Longji rice terraces in the Guangxi region of China. With a name meaning “dragon’s backbone,” this is one of the most stunning landscapes in the entire country. cable car (缆车 – lǎn chē) Zhuang people (壮族 – zhuàng zú) Longji Rice Terraces (龙脊梯田 – lóng jí tī tián)…

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Longji Rice Terraces (龙脊梯田) Posted by on May 14, 2015

Highlights of Guangxi

A few hours by bus from Guilin (桂林 – guì lín), you’ll find one of the most scenic areas in all of China – the Longji Rice Terraces (龙脊梯田 – lóng jí tī tián). With a name meaning “Dragon’s Backbone,” the layered rice paddies are said to resemble a dragon’s scales when they are full of…

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Mother’s Day in China Posted by on May 10, 2015

Today is Mother’s Day (母亲节 – mǔ qīn jié), a day to celebrate all of the wonderful moms of the world. According to the People’s Daily, “despite originating in the United States, people in China accept the holiday without hesitation because it is in line with the country’s traditional ethics – respect for the elderly…

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