Wet Hot Chinese Summer Posted by sasha on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized
Summer (夏天 – xià tiān) is in full swing in China. All across the country, dudes are letting their bellies hang out to cool off and ladies are swimming in the sea with their face-kinis on. The beaches are packed, as are popular tourist sights such as the Great Wall and Jiuzhaigou National Park. Summer is a busy and fun time, as children enjoy their long holiday, families head out on vacation, and people all over the country get out to enjoy the warm weather. Here are a few posts to get you excited for and talking about summer in China:
Build your vocabulary by studying this post that includes a bunch of summer words. Study the vocab list, answer the practice questions, and get out there to talk about summer in Chinese.
This year marks the return of the Summer Olympics (夏季奥运会 – xià jì ào yùn huì), which will be held in Rio de Janeiro (里约热内卢 – lǐ yuē rè nèi lú). This post includes all of the Chinese words for the various events and prizes that are a part of the Olympics.
The summer months are tons of fun in Beijing. Whether you’re hanging out in a local park, cruising a paddle boat around Houhai, or hiking in the mountains that surround the city, you’re sure to have a good time in the Beijing summer. Check out “5 Awesome Beijing Day Trips” in this short video, including the Fragrant Hills and Shi Du:
Popular Summer Destinations
The summer months are a big time for traveling in China. Not surprisingly, some of the most popular destinations are located on the coast. For Beijingers, an easy-to-reach spot is Beidaihe (北戴河 – běi dài hé) or Nandaihe (南戴河 – nán dài hé) in Hebei province. Here you can hang out on the beach, go for a swim, have a seafood BBQ, and dance around a campfire at night.
Another spot that draws in tourists in the summer is Xiamen (厦门 – xià mén). This coastal city in southeast China’s Fujian province has a small island you can visit, plenty of beaches, fun night markets, and much more. See more of Xiamen in this video highlighting the “Streets, Beats & Eats” of the city:
It’s not all about the sea and the beach in the summer months, as many choose to spend their vacation cooling off up in the mountains instead. There are plenty of options for breathing in the fresh mountain air in China, but perhaps none are more popular than Yunnan province. With two weeks in Yunnan, you can visit the Spring City (Kunming), Dali, Lijiang, the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and Shangri-la.
One of my personal favorite places to visit in the summer months is scenic Yangshuo (阳朔 – yáng shuò) in Guangxi. Sure, there’s an insane amount of tourists there, but I can think of at least 10 reasons why Yangshuo is still awesome. Exploring this area away from the crowded town reveals some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, so rent some wheels and hit the road. See what a Li River cruise and motorbike trip around Yangshuo looks like in this video:
Now you’ve got tons of Chinese summer related vocabulary and plenty of ideas for how to spend the summer months in the Middle Kingdom. If you’ve got any other ideas or comments about summertime in China, feel free to post them below!
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