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Archive for April, 2016

Backpacking In Sichuan Province Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

Although China is not exactly known as a hotspot for backpacking like Southeast Asia or South America, there are plenty of great places across the massive country for travelers seeking such an experience. Perhaps one of the best spots is Sichuan province – home to some of the country’s most stunning national parks, mouth-numbingly spicy…

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Yes No Questions in Chinese Posted by on Apr 27, 2016

We’ve already talked about asking questions in Chinese here on the blog, so go back and review that post if you need more practice with your who/what/where/when/why type of questions. For this post, I’d like to review asking and answering simple yes/no questions in Chinese. There are basically two ways to ask these types of questions…

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One Day in Changsha Posted by on Apr 21, 2016

One day in Changsha

With one day in Changsha – provincial capital of Hunan – visit the Yuelu Mountain scenic area to check out its ancient Buddhist temple and academy, and then hit the streets in search of spicy food and cold beers.

Dai New Year in Yunnan (Part Three) Posted by on Apr 19, 2016

On the last of the 3-day celebration for the Dai New Year, you’ll see why they call it the Water Splashing Festival (泼水节 – pō shuǐ jié). Check out some highlights in this short video.

Dai New Year in Yunnan (Part Two) Posted by on Apr 18, 2016

For Day 2 of 3 in the Dai New Year celebrations in southern Yunnan, most people head to the local temple to perform the ritual of washing the Buddha. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around the park, and then take in a cultural performance in the evening.

An Introduction to Changsha Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

Changsha (长沙 – cháng shā) is the provincial capital of Hunan and an important city in Chinese history. Let’s take a quick look at the storied history of this Chinese city and then see what you can do with a short visit there: A Brief History There was a settlement in the area now known…

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Dai New Year in Yunnan (Part One) Posted by on Apr 13, 2016

Jinghong Dai New Year

The Dai people in Southern Yunnan province celebrate their New Year from April 13-15, just as the people in Thailand and Cambodia do. This 3-day festival kicks off with a parade, dragon boat races, and thousands of flying lanterns being released into the sky along the Mekong River. See the highlights from Day One in…

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