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Thinking about learning Mandarin? Not as difficult as you may think!

Learning Mandarin Every Chinese person will tell you that Chinese is incredibly difficult to learn and are totally in shock when they meet a foreigner who is fluent in their own language! Granted, to actually learn to read Chinese – you need to memorize at least 2000 characters – and this will take approximately 2…

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Sichuan University

As one of the national key universities directly under the State Ministry of Education (MOE) as well as one of the State “211 Project” universities enjoying privileged construction in the Ninth Five-Year Plan period, the present Sichuan University (SCU) was first incorporated with Chengdu University of Science and Technology (CUST), another national key university under…

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Xixi National Wetland Park

 Xixi National Wetland Park (xī xī shī dì guó jiā gōng yuán 西溪湿地国家公园) is located in the west of Hang Zhou City (háng zhōu shì 杭州市), Zhejiang Province (zhè jiāng shěng 浙江省), less than five kilometers away from West Lake (xī hú 西湖). It covers an area of 10.08 square kilometers, among which 3.46 kilometers…

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门庭若市 (mén tíng ruò shì)

    During the Warring States Period (zhàn guó 战国,481 – 386BC),there was a handsome government official named Zou Ji  (zōu jì 邹忌) who lived in the kindom of Qi. One day,he said to his wife,”everyone said that Mr.Shu (xú gōng 徐公) ,from the Northern city is extremly handsome. Who is better-looking, he or me?” His wife answered,”Of…

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Jiuwan Stream

           Jiuwan Stream (jiǔwǎnxī 九畹溪) is situated at south bank of Xiling Gorge (xīlíngxiá 西陵峡), west of the new county of Zigui (zǐguī 秭归), 20 kilometers away from the Three Gorges Dam (sānxiádàbà 三峡大坝). With the length of 42.3 kilometers, it covers the area of 514.5 square kilometers. The average depth of the Jiuwan Stream…

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Chased by sheep – Little Bedwyn

Usually it’s the other way round. These sheep started mobbing me as soon as I went into the field. Fairly soon, there was a whole herd of them following me! Sheep Maybe the farmer gets them to be friendly so he doesn’t have to chase them round when he wants to catch them! I’ve never…

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[Photo Gallery:] the old Licun Chinese Prison

A literal stone’s throw from the south wall of the Rockcity Mall (伟东乐客城) in Qingdao’s Licun (青岛李村) sits the last remnants of the old Licun Chinese Prison (李村华人监狱). It’s surrounded by construction fences, but you can get in through the loosely chained construction site gate on the north side. The walls inside and out are…

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Newsletter: Are White Guys in China All Spies?

Dear Global Business Enthusiast, Michael Michelini (@michelini) here. You’re getting this email because you requested my periodic thoughts on international business from Hong Kong. [Edit: Actually, it’s possible that you’ve never gotten an email from me. Somebody might have just given you the link to this page, which is an online archive of an email…

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Guest Post: On Being an Expat Wife in China

I’m thrilled to publish this guest post from Antonella Moretti, author of the novel Parsley & Coriander: Life in China with Italian Flavor. Here’s the description from Amazon.com: How would you feel if you are told that you have to give up your whole life and move to China? This is what happens to the…

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Nation before family

One way to translate this is, “Nation comes before family.”有国,才有家 yǒu guó, cái yǒu jiā Hyperliterally it’s, “Have nation, then can have family.” You could also render it, “You can’t have a family without a nation,” or, “You need a nation to have a family.” It’s sort of a play on the word “nation/country/state” (国家),…

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