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Happy Labor Day Posted by on May 2, 2016

Happy Labor Day! 劳动节快乐! láo dòng jié kuài lè Yesterday marked International Labor Day in many countries around the world (except for the US, which celebrates in September). Know colloquially in Chinese as simply “5-1”  (五一 : wǔ yī), this holiday was once a Golden Week (黄金周 – huáng jīn zhōu) along with Spring Festival…

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Chinese Spring Vocabulary Posted by on Mar 28, 2016

We’ve already covered winter and summer here, so bookmark those to build up your vocabulary. It’s been a long winter, but the ice is starting to melt and flowers are starting to bloom again. Spring is in the air, and what better way to get excited about the changing of the seasons than learning how to talk…

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Escaping the Holiday Crowd in China Posted by on May 6, 2015

It’s no secret that traveling during major Chinese holidays can be rough – millions of people move around the country at once, with seemingly never-ending traffic jams, long lines everywhere you go, and the phenomenon that is best described with the Chinglish idiom “people mountain people sea” (人山人海 – rén shān rén hǎi). While things…

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China’s Workforce – Past, Present, and Future Posted by on May 1, 2015

In many countries around the world – including China – May 1st is celebrated as Labor Day (劳动节 – láo dòng jié). The date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket affair which occurred in Chicago on May 4th, 1886. What started out as a peaceful rally pushing for an 8-hour work day ended in tragedy…

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Labor Day in Dalian Posted by on Oct 22, 2013

Our short video series about Dalian – a coastal city in northeast China – continues with a tour around some of the city’s many squares, a trip to the beach, and a stop in an art gallery housed in an old Russian building. 劳动节 – láo dòng jié Labor Day 五一 – wǔ yī 5/1…

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Chinese Public Holidays Posted by on Dec 7, 2012

As an American living and working in China, now is the time of the year that I get the most homesick. On Thanksgiving, I miss Grandma’s cooking, the big family dinner, and of course, American football. While Christmas in Beijing isn’t so bad – thanks mostly in part to the drunken shenanigans of the annual…

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