We are spending the night at the foot of Emei Mountain in the Hong Zhu Hotel, a group of buildings scattered around a gorgeous park. On the desk in the room is a brochure listing the top ten things to do. In case you’re wondering, here is the list….. LINGER ON H.Z. […]
I was in my local supermarket earlier today picking up some groceries and spotted a promtional table piled with boxes near the entryway. I glanced up to read the sign that was hanging above the table and laughed out loud when I saw 内衣节, which translated means "Underwear Festival." Who knew underwear had its only […]
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My friend Noel Piper, who blogs at Tell Me When to Pack is giving away two free copies of my book “Survival Chinese Lessons.” To enter, visit her site and leave a comment. And while you’re there, you can read about our upcoming adventure– following in the footsteps of Esther Nelson, a Swedish immigrant […]
For those of you who are studying or have studied Chinese (in China at least), were it not for this man, Zhouo Youguang, you would be learning the language without the benefit of Pinyin.This is the guy who decided that the letter q would represent a ch sound, x an sh sound, and an i […]
Bilingual cartoonist MandMX explains the 13 stages of using chopsticks: I learned how to use chopsticks when I spent a summer working as an intern in Hong Kong in 1979. On my first day I joined some of my local co-workers at a restaurant. I told them I didn’t know how to use chopsticks. “When […]