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Exploring the Central Axis of Beijing Posted by on Aug 15, 2018

Exploring the Central Axis of Beijing

We all know that Beijing has a long history going back thousands of years, but just how did they design this city? Perhaps the most important element in the layout and design of Beijing is the city’s Central Axis (中轴线 – zhōng zhóu xiàn). Most of the essential buildings in the city were constructed along…

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How to Use the Adverb 究竟? Posted by on Aug 6, 2018

In our few latest posts, we’ve taken a closer look at some new Chinese vocabulary. We’ve learned to build sentences with the word 压力; to use the verb 熟悉; to emphasize contrast with the conjunction 即使; and learned about different uses of the character 老. Today we’ll enrich our Chinese with the useful adverb 究竟…

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Dim Sum Posted by on Aug 1, 2018

Dim Sum

When it comes to must-try culinary experiences in China, dim sum (点心 – diǎn xīn) is very high on the list. The name of this dish can be translated as “touch the heart,” and a good meal of dim sum does just that. Dim sum is perhaps the best creation of Guangdong cuisine (广东菜 – guǎng dōng cài),…

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Exploring South China – Fujian Posted by on Jul 25, 2018

Exploring South China - Fujian

Our final stop on an epic South China adventure is Fujian province (福建省 – fú jiàn shěng). Here you can visit the coastal city of Xiamen (厦门 – xià mén) for a few days before heading out to explore the amazing tulou (土楼 – tǔ lóu) complexes. See highlights of both Xiamen and the tulou…

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Visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall Posted by on Jul 18, 2018

Visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall

Pretty much everyone who comes to China hopes to see the Great Wall on their trip. Chairman Mao himself once famously said “You aren’t a real man until you’ve climbed the Great Wall” (不到长城非好汉 – bù dào cháng chéng fēi hǎo hàn). From Beijing, there are many different options for walking along one of the…

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