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A Sommelier and His Wine
By Cool Han

If you are a French Learner in China, if you are a French living in China, I bet you know a place named “Centre culturel français” French Culture Center in Chaoyang District. A well-designed multimedia library, a classy book store, a French language training school “Alliance Française”, as well as a nice Café named 'Lumière'.

Raphael Sarri, a French man who has been living in China for more than two years is the manager of this exquisite café 'Lumière'. The name of this café easily reminds people of an invention originated by French people contributing to the modernity of this world. More than one hundred years ago, on December 8th, 1895, Lumière Brothers' Cinematograph projections of 50-seconds scenes were first on display at the Grand Café in Paris, which was believed to be the first movie in the world. To be frank, Raphael’s career has little to do with movie or cinema, but he shares a pioneer spirit with Lumière Brothers in some way.
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ON THE ROAD
By Cool Han

How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? ForeignerCN.com correspondent Cool Han sits down with China photographer Tom Carter to seek out the answer.
The author of CHINA: Portrait of a People, Tom Carter is a rising star in photojournalism. His new book of photography is the largest collection of images on contemporary China ever published by one author. Already in China, Tom has become a minor celebrity for being one of the first foreigners in the history of our country to have journeyed extensively to all 33 provinces and autonomous regions. Following the upcoming international release of his book, I expect the media spotlight on Tom will become much brighter.

In this Information Era, no one can keep any secrets from the public. But to truly understand this fascinating explorer and photographer, can a simple Google search provide interviewers like me enough background to portray Tom as in-depth as he has portrayed Chinese people with his camera? I spend a cold, winter afternoon with Tom Carter in his modest Beijing apartment so that I can give it a shot.
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All The Right Moves

Foreign students warm up for a two-hour training session in martial arts in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province.

It is 7 pm on a mid-week evening and 33-year-old Richard Newton, a UK native and long-time Guangzhou resident, begins his evening by running and stretching before starting the first of a series of 50 repetitions of sit-ups. Over the next two hours, he'll practice close-range punching and kicking alone then work with a practice partner. Next is self-defense tactics before free sparring. He wears safety pads to protect his body from potentially painful blows by fellow Wing Chun students.

In nearby Tianhe Stadium, Ollie Pekka from Finland gets busy with a long series of stretches and push-ups before beginning a two-hour training session in which he'll practice repetitive leg kicks and long-range punches before donning protective gear for his own Taekwondo sparring session.
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Destiny Brings Couple Together
Imagine the combination: He’s a marathoner, an adventurer, a photographer, a researcher and, above all, a reputed conservationist of the Great Wall. She was a shy student of history who has joined him in his unusual quest.

As the founder and director of the Beijing-based International Friends of Great Wall, William Lindesay has made “presenting and preserving the Great Wall of China” his life’s vocation. But Lindesay has been backed much of the way by his wife Wu Qi, who holds a degree in history from Xi’an’s Northwest University, and their two children.

“William has an extraordinary singularity of focus; he’s stubborn and direct,” Wu Qi said when asked to describe her husband in one sentence.

As a school boy, William Lindesay was already imbued with a spirit of mapping out his future and of braving challenges, thanks to his first headmaster, who often led his pupils on visits to museums, castles and cathedrals. At 11, Lindesay was inspired by seeing a symbol for a wall and the evocative words “Great Wall of China” in his school atlas. He vowed to his teacher “Sir, when I grow up I’m going to explore the Great Wall from end to end!”
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Yeah, go ahead - you can call me a Hongkie
To keep an open mind and to get to know people are some tips that American expat Gary dispenses to those planning to move to Hong Kong. Gary, a writer, also shares his observations and thoughts on various aspects of life in Hong Kong, where for him every day is an adventure.
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