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  • Means of Transportation

    Means of Transportation

    Here is a good bonus video for Lesson 22, “Walk or Ride”, brought to you by New Concept Mandarin out of Hong Kong. The chart below gives you an opportuniyt to listen and repeat the vocabulary from the video. And here is a bonus bonus-video about transportation. If you like learning with songs it’s definitely worth listening to. All th...

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  • Chinese Zodiac

    Chinese Zodiac

    Yang yang explains how to use the Chinese Zodiac to determine someones age. The table below will give you a chance to practice some of the Chinese sentences that she introduced.   AudioPinyinChineseEnglish Nǐ hǎo. Chūnjié kuàilè!你好。春节快乐!Hello. Happy new year! Jīnnián shì mǎ nián.今年是马年。This year is the Year of the Horse. Nín...

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  • Western New Years

    Western New Years

    Chinese people celebrate the new year, just like we do … with lots of fireworks. You probably know that fireworks were invented in China, so the Chinese fireworks are (am just guessing here) more than 1000 times more plentiful in China. However, in recent years Shanghai has restricted personal fireworks due to pollution concerns. Audio Chinese Pi...

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  • Shèngdàn jié kuàilè

    Shèngdàn jié kuàilè

    If you find yourself in China in December you maybe surprised how eagerly stores and shops embrace the “Christmas Spirit”. However, their commercial enthusiasm is always somewhat awkwardly cute. This photo of bearded lady Santa’s kind of sums it up for me. These ladies are from Shenyang in the NE of China. They are actually warming up ...

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    • Jing'an Temple from the north side.
      Jing'an Temple from the north side.
    • Jinan main entrance
      Jinan main entrance
    • Giant symbol of prosperity and good luck.
      Giant symbol of prosperity and good luck.
    • Burning incense is important for prayer.
      Burning incense is important for prayer.
    • Vendors booths offering handmade and novel products.
      Vendors booths offering handmade and novel products.

    Jingan Temple in Shanghai

    Jingan Temple is a Buddist temple in Shanghai. According to wikipedia it was first built in 247 AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. It was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty, and renovated, with a new Pagoda, in 2010.” Why do Chinese people burn incense? I have asked many people and ...

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