Tag Archives: Beijing

Beijing – The Northern Ruler

It’s no secret, having lived both in Beijing and Shanghai, I do prefer the later one. Yes, Beijing is the cultural hub of China, with it’s lovely hutongs 胡同 (HúTòng) and tea houses and its superior fengshui 风水 (FēngShui), but Shanghai is the one that gets you easily spoiled with its international cuisines, shopping malls Read More…

‘Beijinghua’: What’s With All the Random ‘R’s’ in Chinese?

So, speaking/using/studying Chinese you must’ve noted the constant (and seemingly random) intrusion of rough sounding r’s. If you’ve ever wandered why this is so, please read on. First of all, when I say Chinese, what I mean is a standard Chinese called Mandarin, which is a variant based on Beijing pronunciation. In Beijing, apparently, they Read More…

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