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All across Chinese social media, English letter abbreviations are running rampant. Whether on web forums, text messages, or WeChat, terms like “yyds”, “dddd” and “u1s1” have been evolving and gradually working their way into everyday conversation. As it’s easy to just dismiss them as silly trends (or even typos), today we’re breaking down what some ...


Almost without exception, every holiday, especially ones only celebrated in certain parts of the world, have specific foods associated with them. American Thanksgivings feature roast turkey, Greeks prepare lamb for Christmas, and saffron buns are baked for St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden. Chinese holidays are no exception, with the Dragon Boat Festival’s steamed rice dumplings ...


When we think of soccer (football), many people think of superstars like Lionel Messi from Argentina or the Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. But did you know that in 2004, FIFA confirmed that the origins of soccer lie in Chinese Cuju (cù jū 蹴鞠)? Cuju was the earliest soccer-like activity recorded in history?
蹴鞠(cù jū): n. Cuju

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In ancient China, men and women were not as free as they are now, where they could send gifts to whoever, whenever they wanted to express their feelings. Most marriages were arranged, and often people could only see their spouses once they were married! It was rare for people to meet someone they loved, and ...


Last time we talked about 5 Mythical Chinese Creatures beyond the world of Chinese dragons and it’s about time you discovered some of the mythical places from Chinese folklore and literature including heaven and hell. Whether these places are real or not, you must decide on your own. But they are places that can ...


The term “Mid-Autumn Festival” ( zhōng qiū jié 中秋节 ) was first used in the work “Rites of Zhou”. According to the ancient Chinese calendar, the 15th day of the 8th lunar calendar month marks the middle of autumn, hence the holiday on this day is called the “Mid-Autumn Festival”. Having been celebrated since ...


Answer: (秦 qín)

Analysis:
chūn hé qiū dōu bù rè (dǎ yī zì 打一字)
Neither spring nor autumn are hot (give one character)
春和秋都不热(打一字)
日(rì)和火(huǒ)都跟热(rè)有关,于是去掉,组成一个新字,秦(qín)。
日(rì) and 火(huǒ) are both related to 热 (rè), so they are removed to form a new character, 秦(qín).


During this year’s Henan Spring Festival Gala, “Tang Palace Banquet(táng gōng yè yàn 唐宫夜宴)” astounded countless audience members. After the Dragon Boat Festival party, Henan TV’s “Luo Shen Shui Fu(luò shén shuǐ fù 洛神水赋)” also went viral. However, what truly no one saw coming was that Henan TV’s Chinese Valentine’s Day party “Diamond of Dragon ...


On August 8, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics concluded. After 17 days of fierce competition, the Chinese team lived up to expectations and again got the gold in this year’s table tennis competition. Expectations? Well, since table tennis was officially added the Olympic Games program in 1988, Chinese teams have taken home the most medals of ...


Chinese proverbs and idioms distribute old knowledge that has stood the test of time. Many consider them to be absolute truths, or at the very least very compelling words of wisdom, and they are frequently employed to establish a point or used as grounds to win debates. The wonderfully timeless Chinese language has cooked up ...


One of the biggest, but largely unexpected, obstacles to accessing life in China that visitors from abroad face is not a language barrier, hospitality customs, or new flavors – rather, it’s chopsticks! Many people are excited to try the amazing dishes they see in front of them, but if you haven’t had the chance to ...


1.How many foreigners are there in Guangzhou?
According to the latest data, there are about 86 thousand foreigners living in Guangzhou. Among them, the 5 countries with the largest number of people are Korea, Japan, India, America, Russian, and Africa with nearly 15 thousand people.
Many foreigners come to Guangzhou for work because there are products they ...


Have you heard the term “late-night poisoning”? It’s like this:
Imagine it’s the middle of the night and you get home after a hard day of work. As you collapse into bed, you flip open your phone to watch something funny before you go to sleep but suddenly you spot… one of your friends has posted ...


If you are interested in Chinese Idioms, you’ve got to learn this one. It’s a phrase you may hear in reality TV shows or even in everyday-conversation between friends. The origin of this particular idiom began in times where emperors still ruled while living extremely lavish lifestyles. Our idiom for today is:
锦衣玉食(Jǐnyīyùshí)

The Chinese ...


Due to its status as the largest economic center and trade port in China, Shanghai has also become an important hub of science and technology, trade, finance, and information. All these things coming together in one place means that Shanghai is often first on the scene not only in technological innovations, but also cutting-edge discoveries ...


Beijing is located in the north of China, specifically the North China Plain, and lies adjacent to Tianjin in the East and Hebei in the west. Not only is Beijing a mega city (though with an area of 16,410 km², and a registered population of 21,893,095, it’s not actually the biggest in China), but you’ve ...


You may have noticed that the workplace is getting more and more diverse or that your classmates have a different cultural background than yourself. It’s about time we talked about more festivals from around the world. Our cultural heritage helps define us and understanding one another’s festivals is a great way to understand how other ...


While there are a few parts of China known even outside the country for their fiery gustatory preferences (New Yorkers may recognize the names ‘Szechuan Mountain House’ or ‘Hunan Bistro’), what many non-Chinese people don’t realize is that people in most parts of China love spicy food. Before we get into eight (8!) spicy classics, ...


In China, different regions have different languages, eating habits and lifestyles. In foreign countries, the difference can be even greater with a wide range of ethnic backgrounds due to immigration histories.
One area in particular, bathing habits, is an interesting area to look at. Throughout China there are different approaches to bathing, ranging from quick rinses ...


If you were to Google “confusing things about Chinese”, you’d get approximately 39,100,000 results (trust us, we just tried). There are a lot of aspects of learning the language that might trip you up, things like pronunciation, writing characters, all the different ways to say “grandparent”, and more, but today we wanted to have some ...


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