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The Disappearance of Fan Bingbing, China’s Most Famous Actress Posted by on Nov 13, 2018

A Chinese proverb says: 人怕出名猪怕壮 (rén pà chū míng zhū pà zhuàng). It means “people fear of getting famous just like pigs fear of getting fat”. Everyone wants to enjoy the benefits of fame like every pig wishes to enjoy unlimited food. But both publicity and binge eating are risky. Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), the number…

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China Singles’ Day Posted by on Nov 5, 2018

China Singles’ Day is celebrated every year in November 11th. China Singles’ Day 光棍节 (Guāng gùn jié) is not an old Chinese tradition or an adopted western holiday. It’s a unique Chinese holiday generated in the 90’s by single students of Nanjing University. From Nanjing University, it spread to other campuses and gradually outside of…

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Talking About Halloween in Chinese Posted by on Oct 23, 2018

Talking About Halloween in Chinese

While it’s not high up on the list of holidays in China, Halloween is one of my favorites, and it is gaining popularity in the Middle Kingdom. This is especially true among the younger generation of Chinese, who learn about the holiday from their foreign English teachers or American movies and take an interest in…

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Talking About Eggs in Chinese Posted by on Oct 15, 2018

Useful vocabulary for breakfast. 蛋类 (dàn lèi) is a general word for eggs of any kind. It is used when referring to eggs in general, and not from a specific kind. My Chinese friend, for example, who consistently exhorts me to eat healthier food, believes in the benefits of eggs: 你应该多吃些有营养的东西,比如蔬菜,蛋类,水果等等 (nǐ yīnggāi duō chī…

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Famous Beijing Landmarks Posted by on Oct 8, 2018

Famous Landmarks in Beijing

Beijing has a lot of famous landmarks (北京有很多名的地标 – běi jīng yǒu hěn duō míng de dì biāo). The Chinese capital has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions to visit. If you’re traveling to the city, you should definitely learn the Chinese names for famous Beijing landmarks. Read on to learn 30 Chinese names…

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Luckin Coffee: The New Chinese Coffee Posted by on Oct 1, 2018

A new homegrown coffee was launched this year in China. If you visited China this year you probably noticed the blue and white ads. On the streets and online, the beautiful and talented actors Zhang Zhen and Tang Wei hold blue cups. The logo on the cup is a white deer, and the slogan is…

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8 Years of Videos Posted by on Sep 26, 2018

8 Years of Videos

After 8 years of sharing videos on Chinese language and culture, this will be my final video post on the Transparent Chinese channel. As such, I’ve put together a nice recap on 8 years of videos to share with you. It’s been a wild ride that included living in both Beijing and Kunming, working as…

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