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Chinese tourists

Post by Eva  

面子 (MiànZi) – ‘face’. A person’s manzi is very important in China, but so is the face of the whole country. I’m sure you have witnessed a news event where a Chinese official was ferociously defending his country – whatever the charge was – and saying that instead, each country should take care of their Read More…

Things we love about China

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Whether you are just going to China for a short trip, or whether you are already a China veteran, I’m certain you will be able to relate to at least some of the points listed below. We would also love to hear what you love about China. Drop us a line in the comments section! Read More…

Rich in China and abroad

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Today China’s borders are wide open and getting a passport is not a hassle anymore. This resulted in a huge wave of outbound tourism, with more than 100 million Chinese crossing the borders last year. Most of these, of course, return home. But there is also a growing number of those who choose to stay: Read More…

Pollution, pollution!

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Pollution, pollution! Wear a gas mask and a veil. Then you can breathe, Long as you don’t inhale! (Tom Lehrer) China has been stamped as the world’s biggest polluter for a while now – although it’s still far from being number 1 in per capita basis (ranking 78th as of 2013). For a long time Read More…

Back to basics: 5 Chinese phrases I wish I would know from the start

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Back to basics: 5 phrases I wish I would know from the start 1. Getting around When walking down the streets of China, no matter how confident your walk and no matter how good your Chinese is, your looks will always betray you and in the eyes of Chinese you shall forever remain a foreigner. Read More…

Driving in China: Do you Dare?

Post by Eva  

I recently read an article that said that the Chinese government is going to make the process of obtaining a driver’s license easier and more convenient for the Chinese citizens. I must admit that my first reaction after reading that, was that of fear. Let me explain this to those of you who haven’t been Read More…

Open Sesame

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What have you heard of the e-commerce giant Alibaba? Launched in the way back time (at least in the Internet terms) of 1999, Alibaba has become the world’s largest business-to-business marketplace. Among others, Alibaba owns Taobao (the Chinese version of eBay) Alipay (the Chinese Paypal), and Yahoo! China (the Chinese version of… you know what Read More…

Master Sun and His Art

Post by Eva  

Imagine an era, with little states battling other states to increase their land, power and prestige. Bear in mind, that all these states are inhabited by people of the same race – Chinese, in this case – who later form the most populous country in the world. But that was much, much later, in BC Read More…

Monkey King

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If you were to turn on the TV in China at any point during the day, you’d be likely to encounter this image: a monk, a monkey, a pig and a bearded fella walking down a swamp. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but let’s go a step further by asking: who is Read More…

What is Daosim (Taoism) anyways?

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Daoism is among five religions recognized by the People’s Republic of China (along with Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism) and is presently managed by the National Daoist Association. At the core of Dao is 道 (Dào). The interpretations of 道 are many, but it can be explained as the ‘way’ or ‘path’, which is the core Read More…

You ask; we answer!

Post by Eva  

A student recently asked us: A question about a small word in lesson 7…..qu It appears to mean area/neighbourhood/suburb in “Wo zhu zai Sydney qu”  (apologies, I don’t know how to add the accents to define the tones). But this doesn’t seem to fit in “Ni qu guo Australia?”  Can you please supply a literal Read More…

What’s your HSK test taking strategy?

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For some students of Chinese, HSK tests are obligatory and are seen as an objective indicator of your level of Chinese. In my experience, this especially tends to be the case with Korean students. I remember during my days of intensive Chinese study while living in Dalian, my Korean classmates would all locked up in Read More…

Waiter, a cup of Kafei please!

Post by Eva  

Languages have always influenced each other and this influence is most notable in vocabulary. They frequently borrow words from each other and with time we might even forget where they original word came from in the first place. English language, especially, is prone to absorption of new words whether from Japanese like ‘samuari’, Spanish ‘taco’, Read More…

The world revolves around China

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When buying a world map in China, you’ll instantly notice two things: 1. Everything is written with (tiny) Chinese characters 2. It’s Asia-centered with Asia placed in the middle of the map, Africa and Europe on the left and the Americas on the right side of the map. So, China is placed in the middle of Read More…

Chinese Astrology

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Throughout Chinese history, astrology (占星学 ZhānXīngXué) has always been closely linked with science (科学 KēXué) and philosophy (哲学 ZhéXué). It was believed that there are three primary forces of nature: heaven above, earth at the bottom and the man in between. The role of the man was in connecting the two other elements to create Read More…

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