Overcome your Fear of the Chinese language.

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It’s foreign. Each sound can be pronounced four ways to mean different things. There is no alphabet, only a combination of lines and squiggles. These are things I often hear from my fellow classmates learning Chinese or from friends who want to learn Chinese but are overwhelmed by it. I admit that there are difficult Read More…

Pu’erh Tea 普洱茶

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When most people hear the word ‘tea’, or ‘cha’ 茶, they tend to immediately think of green tea ‘lǜ-cha’ 绿茶, black tea ‘hong-cha’ 红茶 (actually, the Chinese way of saying black tea is literally ‘red tea’), or oolong tea ‘wu-long-cha’  乌龙茶. They may also think of jasmine tea ‘mo-li-hua-cha’ 茉莉花茶 or herbal teas. Very rarely Read More…

The Eight Great Styles of Chinese Cuisine

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The Eight Great Styles of Chinese Cuisine There are said to be eight distinct styles of cuisine in China known as the ‘da-ba-cai-xi’ 大八菜系’, or literally ‘Great eight cuisines’, which are based in different regions of China. In reality, there are many, many more styles of cuisine than these eight – especially considering all of Read More…

The Dai Nationality

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The Dai people are a minority nationality in China which is closely related to the Thai people of Thailand, the Lao people of Laos, the Shan people in Burma/Myanmar, and the Zhuang 壮 minority people in Guangxi 广西province of China. China is an enormous country that is built on the foundation of several consecutive empires, Read More…

Happy Chinese New Years!

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Mark your calendars! This coming Chinese New Year falls on February 10th, and the year of the dragon will officially be replaced by the year of the snake! What is the ‘Chinese New Year?’  In Chinese it is known as ‘guonian’ (过年) or ‘passing of the year’ and ‘chunjie’ (春节) or ‘Spring Festival. In order Read More…

The Importance of Guanxi

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Allow me to introduce China’s other currency: guanxi. The most common translation for guanxi (关系) is ‘relation’. However, depending on the context it could also mean ‘connection’, ‘reference’, or ‘relevance’ such as in the very common phrase meiguanxi (没关系) – ‘It isn’t relevant’/‘No problem’. As for the guanxi I am writing about here, the closest Read More…

Shen Yun Performing Arts

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A subscriber of mine referred me to this which looks very good. You can watch a preview video here So what is it? Here is the description from the website:   Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture Read More…

Christmas in China

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While most Chinese are not Christians, many Chinese will get into the holiday spirit this Christmas in China. You may be surprised to find that all the trappings of a Western Christmas can be found in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan! So what do Chinese people do for Christmas? An increasing number of Chinese Read More…

5 Benefits of Learning Mandarin

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What are the benefits of Learning to Speak Mandarin? 1. It’s the most spoken language in the world Yes, I know — this answer is very cliché but there’s a reason for that: because it’s true! There are 1.4 billion people in China. Everyone wants to access the Chinese market. It has a huge rising Read More…

Chinese Zodiac Signs

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The Chinese Zodiac is based upon a 12-year cycle, each year represented by one of 12 animals. The Chinese Zodiac was originally created to count the years and to keep track of one’s age (a practice which has survived the millennia and is still used today! Instead of asking, “How old are you?” Chinese people will Read More…

Eating In China: Good Manners Are Essential

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  Traveling abroad affords foreigners ample opportunities to explore the cultures of societies other than their own. For those who intend to conduct business in foreign countries, learning cultural traditions may be a necessity rather than an option. This is particularly true when dining in China, where great importance is placed upon dinner table etiquette. Read More…

BaiJiu: Alcohol of Choice for Binge Drinking

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The Chinese president to be is a fellow named Xi Jinping. His ascent to the top will come as a great gift to a little known Chinese alcohol company called China Xi Jiu, which has been producing BaiJiu (aka MaoTai). Why? Well, by a fortunate stroke of coincidence, the Chinese character for “Xi” in China Xi Jiu is Read More…

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