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Beijing Famous Snack Yellow Pea Cake Posted by on Nov 23, 2021

Cixi (1835-1908) was the queen regent of the Qing Dynasty and known as the empress dowager of China. She started as one of the emperor’s low-ranking concubines. She gave birth to his first son, and after the emperor death she seized power and ruled over the Chinese empire for almost half a century. According to…

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20 Famous Movie Quotes in Chinese Posted by on Nov 17, 2021

Do you like watching movies? (你喜欢看电影吗? nǐ xǐ huān kàn diàn yǐng ma). Talking about movies is a great way to practice your Chinese and American movies are quite popular in China. In fact, thousands of young Chinese people work together to translate American TV shows and movies for the Chinese audience. Just check this NPR…

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Chinese Winter Vocabulary Posted by on Nov 15, 2021

Autumn has come, the temperatures are gradually dropping, and winter is just around the corner. Chinese has two names for winter: Both names consist of two characters: the first one 冬 (dōng) means winter, and the second – 季 or 天– mean season. 季 (jì) comes from the Chinese noun for season 季节 (jì jié)…

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Talking About Hobbies in Chinese Posted by on Nov 8, 2021

A great way to improve your Chinese is by talking about your hobbies (爱好 Ài hào). It’s more fun talking about what you like to do in your spare time than what you have to do at work or school. Plus, finding people who share the same hobbies as you gives you the chance to…

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The Lion Dance Posted by on Oct 31, 2021

The traditional Chinese Lion dance is called 舞狮 (wǔ shī). 舞 (wǔ) means dance (as the word 跳舞 tiào wǔ), and 狮 (shī) means lion (as the word 狮子 shī zi). 舞狮是中国民间艺术。 Wǔ shī shì zhōng guó mín jiān yì shù. The lion dance is a Chinese folk art. The dance is operated by performers…

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Three Chinese Verbs with the Meaning of to Dislike Posted by on Oct 25, 2021

喜欢 (xǐ huan) is a verb, meaning to like, to be fond of. It’s a very common verb, and can be attributed to people, food, objects, hobbies, etc. To change its meaning to the antonym verb of to dislike, just add the negative prefix 不 (bù) before it. 不 plus 喜欢 forms the verb 不喜欢, which…

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A Visit to Badachu in Beijing Posted by on Oct 20, 2021

While there’s enough to see in the city to keep you busy for at least a week, Beijing also has quite a few excellent day trip opportunities. Of course, the most popular option is a visit to the Great Wall (长城 cháng chéng). There’s much more to see and do on the outskirts of the…

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