All Blog Posts Tagged 'culture' (21)

My Favorite Apps for Living in China

Here are some apps that I can't live without here in China, and better still, they're all free.

Baidu Maps 百度地图 (iOS and Android)

Learning your way around the city is one of the first tasks when you arrive in China. Walking around your neighborhood is a great way to become familiar with the area. But in a city as large as Kunming you are going to need some mode of transportation to get around. Baidu Maps will help you find your way. Although the whole app is in…


Added by Peter Gokey on October 30, 2015 at 1:17pm — 2 Comments

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CCTV Documentary on Cao Cao

Cao Cao was a warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty who rose to great power during its final years in ancient China. Although often portrayed as a cruel and merciless tyrant, he has also been praised as a brilliant ruler and military genius who treated his officers like his family.  CCTV has a multi-part documentary on Cao Cao at this link:



Added by Thomas Doherty on October 14, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

The only 8 dramas that entertained Chinese people during 10 year Culture Revolution (1966-1976)

If you know a bit of Chinese history, you might already hear about or know the 10 year span of 文化大革命 Wén huà Dà gé mìng Culture Revolution (1966-1976) in China…


Added by Grace on September 13, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Learn the Chinese Hand Gestures for Numbers - Image

A friend once told me a funny story about himself ordering in a Chinese restaurant. He just started Chinese learning then, and did not know how to say the numbers in Chinese. He wanted to eat fish. And the waiter asked how many fish he needed (服务员问他要几条鱼 fú wù yuán wèn tā yào jǐ tiáo yú). So he held out two fingers – the thumb (拇指 mǔ zhǐ) and the forefinger (食指 shízhǐ) of his right…


Added by Suray Su on July 20, 2012 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Why do people learn a new language and why I am learning Chinese

Why do people learn a new language?

Tiān kōng shì lán sè de.

A couple of months ago, I found myself suddenly awash in a lot of extra time, i.e. unemployed. Since idle hands make the devil’s work and all, I thought it would be a great time to take a Mandarin class. It was good for me to get out of the…


Added by Plum 翠喜 on July 3, 2012 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外

老外 lǎo wài is a very nice way to address foreigners in China and it’s commonly used by Chinese people. We could also call you 外国人 (wàiguórén), literally means "outside country person", which is much more formal.

Chinese are fond of 老外 because we think it shows an intimate feeling and it can narrow…


Added by anna.lee on June 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

Chinese Peacock Dance 中国孔雀舞 Zhōngguó kǒngquè wǔ

an artist's illustration of a peacock dance



Added by Gen on May 18, 2012 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Places to go in China -Part 2

Ok we saw the video from 九寨沟's sceneries last week.

Aren't they breathtaking?

If you haven't, you can check in out by…


Added by Gen on May 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Chinese Fan Dance 扇子舞 shanzi wu - video

There are indeed a lot of endless frangments to show you guys about Chinese Cultures.

In this blog, Iet me introduce this Chinese traditional dance, 扇子舞 shànzi wǔ Fan Dance.

It's very hard to get the video with good quality but I came across this video with contempory Chinese Fan Dance along to the song 茉莉花 mòlìhuā "Jasmine". It's…


Added by Gen on May 8, 2012 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

Experience the beauty of Chinese poem -- Sentiments of Lament 李白 Li Bai

Li Bai is one of the greatest poets in Chinese literature. The following is one of his popular poems.  If you would like to listen to the recitation of the poem, read the interesting poem analysis and know what is the requirement to be a beauty in ancient China, then you are welcome to visit Sentiment of Lament




Added by Shu on April 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

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The story behind the idiom "A loss, no bad thing" in Chinese "塞翁失马,焉知非福"

In ancient times, there was an old man lived in 塞北. One day, one of his horses run over the Great Wall to their enemies Hu (胡人).


The folks came and comforted him, he said "Well, this is not necessarily a…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2012 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

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The story behind "马虎 mǎ hu", how to say careless, slovenly, casual, slack, perfunctory

      It is said that there was a confused painter in ancient times. One day, he just finished drawing the head of a tiger when his friend came by. His friend asked him to draw a horse. The painter was too lazy to start a new one, so he drew a body of a horse right under the tiger head. His friend asked…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on February 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Can native speakers fully pronounce tones while singing? Do they give up tones in modern songs?

Listening to lyrics in chinese is a good way to learning the language.

However, to me it sounds like the pitch is often flatened and adapts to the melody rather than the sylable tone. Is it because I am not trained enough to hear the tones? Or is it that tones become less important in…


Added by Antonio Vila-Coro on December 27, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

It's Super Single's day in China - 11/11/11

Happy Super / Divine Single's Day everyone! 


It turns out that a non-traditional holiday exists in China every 11/11, basically because the date is comprised entirely of 1's, and it is therefore called single's day.

It puts yet another pressure on "leftover" men & women to find someone & get married.  There are quite a few matchmaking events happening in Shanghai…


Added by Brandon on November 11, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

How has your interest in Chinese Language & culture affected your lifestyle.?

Before I started learning Chinese my life lackluster. Chinese had introduce in my field a whole new avenue. I had friend I would never had had, I awaken taste in fashion, design,food that would other wise stayed dormant.

The world is big, it's exciting, only if we open to the experiences it has to offer.I have been studying Chinese for three years, and I  have to say my progress in the language isn't that great, but the progress it had made in my life is substantial.

Now Most…


Added by wood on October 26, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

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The Story Behind "矛盾 máo dùn" - how to say conflict - contradict - contradiction

Long long ago, there was a man from Chu selling a 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike) and a 盾 dùn (shield). He boasts of his 盾 dùn (shield) that it is the hardest one in this world and that it can't be broken by any sharp things! He then also boasts that his 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike)…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on October 5, 2011 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

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Tomb-Sweeping Day is 清明节 qīng míng jié

    Tomb-Sweeping Day is coming, it is our Traditional Festival and the most important day of sacrifice.




Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Chinese Idiom: 揠苗助长 (yàmiáozhùzhǎng) “Impatience Spoils The Results”

So I was out with my Chinese tutor last week. We were having a great time learning about comparisons and weather patterns, etc. But then in the middle of the lesson, she said something that I didn’t understand at all. Not. A. Word. I kept asking her to repeat it more slowly, again, and again. But I just couldn’t get it… twas seemingly hopeless! And very frustrating.

It’s easy…


Added by DK 大牛 on March 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

恭喜恭喜gōng xǐ gōng xǐ

Chinese New Year is coming!

Then you start to hear the same melodies come out from the radio or TV over and over.In the beginning, you'll feel excited because the melodies bring the mood of new year, but soon you'll feel sick of hearing them.Like in Christmas,I heard almost hundred times of Jingle bells in different…


Added by Martha on February 2, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Words I like lately - strange & broken brain

First word means strange or odd.


奇怪 - qí guài


On my first weekend in Shanghai, I used the term 'bizarre' about 70 times.  I've now started migrating towards…


Added by Brandon on January 7, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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