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15 Facts About China!

15 Facts About China!

1. The modern word “China” is thought to derive from the Qin dynasty which ruled the country in the third century BC. The Sogdian (modern day Iran) traders referred to the people under the Qin rule as “chin” and the location as “China”. 2. 1 out of 5 people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is over 2 times larger…read more →

What’s it like to be gay in China?

What’s it like to be gay in China?

When I first came to Beijing I was a little nervous. I’d done the research and it all seemed to suggest that, although gay unions weren’t recognised in China, I’d have no problems living as a gay woman. It definitely wasn’t illegal and most people had a ‘if it’s not my business, I don’t care’ attitude. There wasn’t a wealth…read more →

Want an Eye-Opening Cultural Experience? Try Dining in China

Want an Eye-Opening Cultural Experience? Try Dining in China

Most people love Chinese food and it’s not hard to see why. Wherever there’s a Chinese community in a city, there will also be several Chinese restaurants. While the popularity of wantons and egg fried rice is undeniable, there’s also a new wave of restaurants in foreign countries creating fusion food, carefully blending Chinese flavors with a country’s traditional cuisine….read more →

Discovering China: The Dragon Boat Festival

Discovering China: The Dragon Boat Festival

On the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, Chinese people celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 (Duānwǔ jié). During this holiday people commemorate the life and the death of the famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan. QU YUAN Qu Yuan was a patriotic author during the 5th century B.C., who was serving the State of Chu. When some…read more →

Hanzi for HSK 1-3

Hanzi for HSK 1-3

For most students, the biggest obstacle when trying to pass the HSK exam are the Chinese characters. While you do not have to write any characters for HSK 1 and 2, you do have to do so for HSK 3 onwards and you need to be able to read Chinese characters for all levels. The problem is that most Chinese…read more →

How to use Uber in China

How to use Uber in China

Uber and it’s Chinese rival DidiDache are currently locked in a ferocious battle for market share in China, which means incredibly low prices for consumers. According to Uber, they lost 1 billion USD in China last year alone as they charge very low fares while paying their drivers substantial bonuses out of their own pocket to make sure they have…read more →

My Son’s Shanghai Immersion Experience

My Son’s Shanghai Immersion Experience

My son Matt is 13 and has studied Chinese here in New Jersey for about 8 years, first at an immersion school, more recently on his own with a local tutor who is a native speaker.   His tutor recommended that we consider testing Matt several times a year to assess the quality of his Chinese as well as to provide…read more →

Our daughter’s Chinese course

Our daughter’s Chinese course

We are just back from two wonderful weeks in Beijing. While we had been worried about staying two weeks in Beijing, we found the city to be easy to navigate (the subway is easy and all stops are written and announced in English), food was delicious and inexpensive (we found multiple locations with fresh noodles and dumplings) and so many…read more →