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Shanghai Grand Theater
China Travel Guide - Travel in Shanghai

Shanghai Grand Theater is located at 190, Huangpi Road (huáng pí lù 黄陂路) on the west of the People’s Square (rén mín guǎng chǎng 人民广场). The building was designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier and altcovers a floor area of 11,528 m². Interior design was by Studios Architecture.

It was opened in 1998. On the top of the theater are outdoor theaters and a mid-air garden, which are in the shape of a treasure bowl, symbolizing the broad-mindedness of Shanghai in attracting the cultural art of the world. The Grand Theater has a total floor space of 70 thousand square meters, inside which are three theaters. The lyric theater, which has 1,800 seats, is for the performance of ballets, musicals and symphonies. It consists of a main state of 728 square meters, a rear stage of 360 square meters and a left and right wings of 257 square meters respectively, all of which can be moved, lifted, sloped and rotated. In addition, the Grand Theater is also equipped with orchestra pits (yuè chí 乐池) that can be raised and electric setting booms.

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Wolong National Nature Reserve
China Travel Guide - Travel in Sichuan

    Wolong National Nature Reserve
Wolong National Nature Reserve
(wò lóng zì rán bǎo hù qū 卧龙自然保护区) is a protected area located in Wenchuan County (wèn chuān xiàn 汶川县), Sichuan Province (sì chuān shěng 四川省). The Reserve is 52 kilometers long from east to west, and 62 kilometers wide from south to north, covering an area of about 700,000 hectares. Established in 1963, the Reserve joined the International Man and Biosphere Reserve Network of UNESCO in 1980, and its main targets for protection are forest ecosystem and precious animals like giant pandas.

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千军易得,一将难求
Learn Chinese - Chinese Proverbs

Chinese proverbs

qiān
jūn
dé,
jiàng
nán
qiú
  得,

It is easy to find a thousand soldiers, but hard to find a good general.

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Chinese Characters
Learn Chinese - History and Culture

Legendary origins
According to legend, Chinese characters were invented by Cangjie (cāng jié 仓颉), a altbureaucrat under the legendary emperor, Huangdi (huáng dì 黄帝). The legend tells that Cangjie was hunting on Mount Yangxu (today Shanxi) when he saw a tortoise whose veins caught his curiosity. Inspired by the possibility of a logical relation of those veins, he studied the animals of the world, the landscape of the earth, and the stars in the sky, and invented a symbolic system called (zì 字)—Chinese characters. It was said that on the day the characters were born, Chinese heard the devil mourning, and saw crops falling like rain, as it marked the beginning of the world.

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Don't do Them When Using Chopsticks
China Living Tips - Communication & Others
DON'T Placing Chopsticks Unevenly
Chinese people regard it as inauspicious to place a pair of
chopsticks unevenly on the table before, during or after a meal. They call it "son thong liang duan", or " three long and two short", which indicates death. According to traditional Chinese customs, dead
bodies were placed in coffins in the past. In those days, coffins were
made from two short boards at the front and back, and three long
ones at the two sides and the bottom-hence the saying. Therefore, it is taboo to place one's chopsticks unevenly on the table.

DON'T Pointing at Others with Chopsticks
You should never perch your chopsticks between the thumb, middle, ring and little fingers, while sticking out your index finger, as it implies abuse. In most cases, Chinese people point at others with their index fingers to scold them. Therefore, such a movement is unacceptable. It is also considered bad manners to point at others,with your chopsticks, while chatting during a meal.
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Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
Study in China - Colleges and Universities
Founded in 1917, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics is a multi-dimensional university which focuses on applied economics and management with theoretical economics as its basis, and its subjects include science, law, philosophy and humanities as well. In 1996 the university passed the departmental preliminary evaluation organized by the Ministry of Education for entering the national “211 project” and one year later it passed the examination for the approval of the project. The year 2000 saw the university pass the undergraduate teaching evaluation and was designated as an outstanding university for its undergraduate teaching. The university has a contingent of around 900 high level faculty members among whom there are around 500 professors and associate professors. In many disciplines, academic echelons have been formed with rational age structures and different academic backgrounds. In recent years the university has been proactive in recruiting young and middle aged teachers with high academic qualifications, optimizing the structure of the faculty.

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