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Yandang Mountain
China Travel Guide - Travel in Zhejiang

   Yandang Mountain
Yandang Mountain
(yàn dàng shān 雁荡山) is located in Leqing County (lè qīng xiàn 乐清县) of Wenzhou City (wēn zhōu shì 温州市), Zhejiang Province (zhè jiāng shěng 浙江省). It is one of the top ten mountains in China. Yandang Mountain is 1,150 meters high. In Chinese, Yandang means "reed marsh for wild geese". In autumn, wild geese do gather in the marshes around the lake at the top of the mountain. In 2005, Yandang Mountain was announced as the World Geologic Park by the Scientific and Cultural Organization of United Nations.

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Dongting Lake
China Travel Guide - Travel in Hunan

Dongting Lake

The Dongting Lake (dòng tíng hú 洞庭湖) in Yueyang is the relic of the ancient Yunmeng Pool (yún mèng zé 云梦泽), it is very vast and was known as the “eight- hundred Li Dong Ting Lake” since ancient times. Although its size has been smaller than ever before, twice, Dongting Lake is still the second largest freshwater lake in China.

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Zhuihu (Bowed String Instrument)
Learn Chinese - History and Culture

Zhuihu (Bowed String Instrument), also known as Zhuiqin or Zhuizi, is altered from Sanxian (a three-stringed musical instrument), can be used to perform solo and tutti. Since Zhuihu has a wide diapason, a soft sound and relatively
high sound volume, performers can use it to imitate the voice of human and animals.

There is one legend about the origin of Zhuihu. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Emperor Kangxi forbad all the opera performances in the Forbidden City and artists had to earn a living on the street. One day, an artist's Sanxian was bitten by mice and the covering leather of the sound box got a hole in it. In order not to miss the performance, the artist had to use a thin wooden piece to replace the leather and used a bow from Huqin (two-stringed Chinese violin) to play the Sanxian. This musical instrument, that can not only play music but also imitate human voice, was later called Zhuihu.
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叶公好龙 (yè gōng hào lóng)
Learn Chinese - Chinese Idiom

altIn the Spring and Autumn Period  (chūn qiū 春秋时期,770-476 B), there lived in Chu a person named Shen Zhuliang, who addressed himself as "Lord Ye (叶公)". It's said that this Lord Ye was very fond of dragons. The walls had dragons painted on them. The beams and pillars and the doors and the windows were all carved with them. As a result, his love for dragons was spread out. When the real dragon in heaven heard of this Lord Ye, he was deeply moved. He decided to visit Lord Ye to thank him. You might think Lord Ye would have been very happy to see a real dragon. But, in fact, at the sight of the creature, he was scared out of his wits and ran away as fast as he could. From then on, people knew that Lord Ye only loved pictures or carvings which look like dragons, not the real thing.

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Western Horoscope vs Chinese Zodiac
China Living Tips - Communication & Others

Western Horoscope refers to the twelve zones of celestial longitude during one cycle of the earth's orbiting the sun. It is actually a way of dividing months in a year. 

The twelve zones are addressed by twelve constellation names: 

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
 
The so called "Chinese Zodiac" is actually a different concept from the Zodiac in western horoscope. Maybe because both of them have twelve items and many of the items are named after animals, the original interpreter connected them together.
 
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I Can Speak Better Than Chinese Do
Foreigners in China - Foreigners in China
 
“She said that I spoke Chinese better than some Chinese people.” Rui Jiang Ming told me proudly. This compliment came from one of his Chinese friends while they were having lunch together. He said “I don’t know.” in Chinese which surprised his friends because his accent was nearly the same to those authentic Beijingers. When one of the Chinese girl were asked to pronounce the same sentence, he found that she cannot do the accent as he did, then he found out that some Chinese people from out of Beijing cannot do the Beijing accent as good as he did.

When I first met him, I translated one of the words in his name “ming” into tomorrow, but he insisted that it should be translated into brilliant even when I told him that they were the same word. But after I listened to his experience, I started to believe that brilliant is a perfect word to describe him. Rui Jiang Ming came from the capital city of People's Republic of Bangladesh Dhaka which is politic, economy and culture center of the nation. His first impression about a country named China came from a book. After reading it, he became curious about China. When he was in High School, his cousin came to Chinese to study Chinese. From the conversation with his cousin, he got the information that China is developing very quickly these years and there were many foreign student study Chinese in many big cities in China. Ever since then, the urge to go to Chinese has become more and more strong. Later, when he knew that the University of Dhaka which is the best university throughout Bangladesh offered Chinese class and there was a chance that you can go to China as an exchange student, he signed up for the program without any hesitated.
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Guangxi University
Study in China - Colleges and Universities

Guangxi University was established in October 1928. Dr.Ma Junwu, a celebrated scientist and educator, is the first president. Many eminent professors such as Li Siguang, Wang Li, Liu Xianzhou, Chen Yingke, Li Da, Chen Wangdao,Zhang Tiesheng, Zhang Zhirang and Chen Huanyong have been invited to teach in the university.

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International Friendship --- A priceless friendship!
About ForeignerCN.com - WorldFriends Networks

A priceless friendship!
Brian and Risa

My name is Brian. Thanks to your service, I’ve made a very good friend here in Japan. I had just gotten out of basic training and learned that I was to be stationed in Japan. I signed up for a month and e-mailed a couple of people. I got lots of responses, and I responded back to everyone, but only one kept going. So we kept writing back and forth. About two months later I had been in Japan for a month and I kept in contact with my friend. We finally met in person two weeks ago and she has taken me to all kinds of places within the last two weeks. Her name is Risa and she is one of the coolest people I have ever met in my life. We plan to go out again! Thank you, it was well worth the money for a priceless friendship!

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