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Language School

Language School

I have language class every Tuesday evening 7.30-9.30pm arranged by CRCC Asia, and there are some words I just had to share. Bear in mind that the words have tones (the lines you see above some letters), but I am unable to type them on the laptop Chinese Phonetics English Translation Notes Ni Hao Nee How Hello Ni Hao Ma? Nee How Ma How are You? Wo Hen Hao Woah Hen How I’m Fine Ni Ne? Nee Neh Are you?…

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The Art of Calligraphy

The Art of Calligraphy

On Wednesday I attended a calligraphy class organised by CRCC Asia, something I found myself to be good at or so the teacher told me. Calligraphy has endured for more than 2,000 years, and evolved into five main ways of writing each with different techniques. Even today, these are still followed and practiced often as a hobby and children are encourage to learn it in their primary ages. When writing, many calligraphers will forget all worries and even themselves, combining…

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2008 Olympic Stadiums

2008 Olympic Stadiums

The National Stadium, or otherwise known as The Birds Nest due to its appearance, is situated in Olympic Green Village,Chaoyang District. It was designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and covers an area of about 258 thousand square metres (99.614 square miles), which can accommodate 80,000 fixed seats and 11,000 temporary seats. Since the Olympics ended, it has been opened as a tourist attraction. Now, it’s the centre of international or domestic sports competition and recreation…

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The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Today we visited the part of the Great Wall named Mutianyu. In its entirety, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 5,500 miles from east to west of China. The Mutianyu Great Wall winds 1.4 miles through lofty mountains and high ridges, many sections of which are made of granite. The unique structure makes the wall almost indestructible. It measures 23 to 26 feet high and four to five yards wide. It is rumoured that  once…

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10 Tips for Bargaining in Beijing’s Markets

10 Tips for Bargaining in Beijing’s Markets

1. Keep in mind where you are shopping. If you are in the vicinity of a tourist attraction they will automatically try and charge you a significant amount more 2. Keep in mind what the time is. The best time to get bargains is closing time; suddenly the vendors start being realisti and try to get rid of their wares by the end of the day 3.In general, don’t ask how much something is unless you are prepared to bargain…

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Beijing’s Lama Temple (Yonghe) 

Beijing’s Lama Temple (Yonghe) 

The Yonghe Temple, also known as the “Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple”, the “Yonghe Lamasery”, or – popularly – the “Lama Temple” is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. It is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building and the artworks of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. This was by far the most exquisite place I have ever been…

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Beijing’s Temple of Heaven

Beijing’s Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a literal translation to Altar of Heaven; it was visited by the Emperors of theMing and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Spread the word!

Survival Tips for the Beijing Subway

Survival Tips for the Beijing Subway

 1. Know the rush hours Morning 7.00am-9.30am Afternoon 5.30pm-8.30pm It is always wise to avoid Line 1 during rush hour sinces it the craziest line. It is also the line I have to use for my daily commute to and from work – lucky me. 2. Stay close to the door If your not going far stay near the door, its a good idea to try and get the corner right next to the door for easy exit. Always be…

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“KTV” Chinese Karaoke

“KTV” Chinese Karaoke

On Wednesday, Day 6, we attended an evening at KTV melody organised by CRCC Asia. I really want to share this experience with you since Karaoke is a completely different concept here in China. Karaoke, or as its known here KTV, is quite different from traditional western karaoke. Despite what we are used to in the West, KTV in China is a more private affair. The concept of Mianzi discussed in a previous blog post applies even here. Even if you…

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“To do business, we must first be friends”

“To do business, we must first be friends”

This is a post to introduce the concept of Guanxi and Mianzi, as learnt from CRCC Asia‘s culture lesson.  Chinese culture is founded on mutual trust, long standing relationships and trust and it is correct to assume China is somewhat sensitive. Guanxi is similar to the western idea of ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’. In simple terms Guanxi is your connections with other people for which there are 3 different forms; Qinqi is your family members,…

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