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National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival Posted by on Oct 3, 2017

National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival

This is a big week in China, as the country celebrates two of its most important holidays. Millions upon millions of people are traveling to enjoy this Golden Week (黄金周 – huáng jīn zhōu). This year it’s extra special, as both National Day (国庆节 – guó qìng jié) and Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節 – zhōng qiū…

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A Short Trip to Chengde (Video) Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

A Short Trip to Chengde (Video)

What can you do with a short trip to Chengde? With just a day or two there, you can do a bit of temple hopping, see the famous Summer Mountain Resort, and dig in to a sizzling plate of the local specialty – venison. Check out some highlights of a short visit to this historical…

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A Short Visit to Chengde Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

A Short Visit to Chengde

You’re probably familiar with the Summer Palace in Beijing, but did you know that the real summer palace is actually in a city called Chengde (承德 – chéng dé)? While Chinese emperors and their families definitely spent some time at the sprawling complex in the capital, the heat got so intense there during the summer…

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Exploring China’s Landmarks Posted by on May 25, 2017

Earlier this month, we posted a vocabulary list of some famous Chinese landmarks. It really helps to know the Chinese name, as many local people will simply give you a blank stare if you ask them where the Forbidden City is. For a closer look at a few of them, here are some more detailed posts…

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Terracotta Warriors Posted by on May 22, 2017

There are many famous landmarks across China. One of the most impressive is without a doubt the Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑 – bīng mǎ yǒng) in Xi’an. This UNESCO World Heritage site is said to be the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. Let’s take a closer look at this fascinating piece of Chinese history…

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The Chinese Flag Posted by on Apr 24, 2017

There is no symbol of a country more recognizable or important than its flag (国旗 – guó qí). It’s flown in front of important buildings, used in government functions, and also a big part of international events like the Olympics. Chances are you’ve seen the Chinese flag, but do you know what the colors and…

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National Museum of China Posted by on Dec 26, 2016

There are many impressive historical and cultural sights in Beijing, from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall. One place that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves is the National Museum of China. It’s totally free, and it’s full of fascinating artifacts from thousands of years of Chinese history. Take a short tour…

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