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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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Huanghuacheng Great Wall Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

A great day trip out of Beijing is a visit to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (黄花城 – huáng huā chéng) – the “Yellow Flower Wall.” The name for this section of the Great Wall comes from the wild flowers that bloom here in the summer. It’s also known as the “Water Great Wall” (水长城 – shuǐ…

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Famous Places Around China Posted by on May 22, 2017

Famous Places Around China

China is a country full of impressive places, both man-made and natural. One could spend an entire lifetime exploring here and not even come close to seeing it all. Join us on a short tour around some of China’s most famous places while learning the names for them in Chinese in this 2-minute video:

Kunming Bamboo Temple Posted by on May 8, 2017

Kunming is home to many temples, some in the city and some a bit further afield. One of the better temples to visit on a day trip outside of the city is the Bamboo Temple (筇竹寺 – qióng zhú sì). This ancient Buddhist temple has a fascinating story behind it and is a beautiful place…

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Temple Hopping in Kunming Posted by on May 3, 2017

Temple Hopping in Kunming

There’s lots to do in the Spring City of Kunming, from walking around the Green Lake, to perusing the Bird & Flower Market, to enjoying the city’s awesome nightlife. Getting out of the city a bit, you’ve also got plenty of great options for day trips. We’ve already covered the Western Hills and the Botanical Gardens…

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History and Customs of Tomb Sweeping Day Posted by on Apr 4, 2017

Tomb Sweeping Festival Vocabulary

Today is the Qing Ming Festival (清明节 – qīng míng jié)) in China. More commonly referred to in English as Tomb Sweeping Day, it’s a day to honor the deceased by visiting and cleaning tombs as well as leaving offerings. As with most Chinese holidays, there’s an interesting story behind the Qing Ming Festival and…

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Better Know a… Municipality (Tianjin) Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

China is a massive country composed of provinces, autonomous regions, Special Administrative Regions, and municipalities. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is. We’ve been working our way around the country one area at a time here, introducing each and every single one. There are four municipalities in China, and we’ve already covered the two…

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