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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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China's Top 10 Leisure Spots

 

 

Suzhou, Jiangsu province

Qinhuangdao, Hebei province

Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Anhui province

Yantai, Shandong province

Chengdu, Sichuan province

Lijiang, Yunnan province

Sanya, Hainan province


Qingdao, Shandong province


Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

 

 

Beijing's Hutongs

 

The Hutong, an old-style city alley or lane, is one of the most distinctive features and must-see attractions in Beijing. There are thousands of hutongs in the city, many of which were built during the Yuan (1206-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. We list the most famous hutongs that all travelers to the capital city shouldn't miss in order to get a better experience of the unique culture of ancient Beijing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chinese Recipes

 

A Bite of China


A Bite of China is a 2012 Chinese documentary television series on the history of food, eating, and cooking in China directed by Chen Xiaoqing (陈晓卿), narrated by Li Lihong (李立宏) and original music composed by Roc Chen (阿鲲). It first appeared at the China Central Television in May 14th, 2012, and quickly gained much popularity. Having started filming in March 2011, this seven-episode documentary series introduces the history and story behind foods of various kinds in more than 60 locations all around China. The documentary has also been actively encouraged as a means of introducing Chinese food culture to those unfamiliar with local cuisine.

 

 

 

Jìn​pào​ Zhongwen

Learn Chinese

学中文

 

Learn about the 4 Tones

m ā;      m á;      m ǎ;      m à

妈          麻          马          骂

Mother  hemp    horse    scold

1st       2nd       3rd       4th

 

Learn about PinYin (the Chinese Alphabet) - the KEY to learning how to speak Chinese

 

 

 

China Mei Tian

中国每天

Day to Day Photo Essays

about

Life in China

 (We overcome the language barrier through Photos)

Every country is made up of mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends ...... different cultures, different languages, same people

We should celebrate the diversity rather than be threatened by it

 

 

 

 

 

A BRIEF HISTORY

OF

CHINA

 

 

 

Chinese Zodiac


 

Year of the Rat 老鼠 (lao shu)

Year of the Ox 牛 (niu)

Year of the Tiger 老虎 (lao hu)

Year of the Rabbit 兔 (tu)

Year of the Dragon 龙 (long)

Year of the Snake 蛇 (she)

Year of the Horse 马 (ma)

Year of the Sheep 羊 (yang)

Year of the Monkey 猴 (hou)

Year of the Rooster 公鸡 (gong ji)

Year of the Dog 狗 (gou)

Year of the Pig 猪 (zhu)

 

The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac

 

 

 

 

 

 'jiang gu shi'

Storyteller

The writing over the door is 'hou you xian cai'. It means that a member of the household has passed the official examinations and can be regarded as a scholar, a person of intelligence and integrity. It gave a lot of prestige to the family.

'jiang gu shi' means storyteller

In 'jiang gu shi' I will be telling stories about China's history, culture, society, myths, legends, Emperors and life. I hope you enjoy them.

 

 

 

Chinese Folk Customs

 

 

 

 

 

Women in China

中国妇女的生活

 

 

 

 

A Series of Documentaries  

on

China's History

 

 

 

China and Tibet 

Xi Zang 西藏

 

 "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that," Dalai Lama

 

 

 

 

56 Ethnic Peoples of China

中華56个民族


 

 

Yangtze River Cruise

 

 

 

 

 Travel on the Trans-Siberian Express

from St Petersburg to Beijing

 

 

 

 

 Wuzhen 乌镇

Wuzhen 乌镇 is a historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, in northern Zhejiang Province, China. It lies within the triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. Wuzhen's area is 46.5 square kilometers. Its total population is 60,000 of which 12,000 permanent residents.

In 1991, Wuzhen was authorized as the Provincial Ancient Town of History and Culture, it was ranked first among the six ancient towns south of the Yangtze River.

 

 

 Articles & Stories about Life in China

 

 

 

 唐诗三百首 Tang Shi San Bai Shou

 

 

 

葡萄美酒夜光杯
欲饮琵琶马上催
醉卧沙场君莫笑
古来征战几人回



葡萄美酒夜光杯
pú tao měi jiǔ yè guāng bēi

欲饮琵琶马上催
yù yǐn pí pa mǎ shàng cuī

醉卧沙场君莫笑
zuì wò shā chǎng jūn mò xiào

古来征战几人回
gǔ lái zhēng zhàn jǐ rén huí



pú tao měi jiǔ yè guāng bēi
葡萄美酒夜光杯
Grape beautiful wine ye guang glass

yù yǐn pí pa mǎ shàng cuī
欲饮琵琶马上催
To desire/wish pi pa urgently hastens

zuì wò shā chǎng jūn mò xiào
醉卧沙场君莫笑
intoxicated to lie/crouch battleground do not laugh

gǔ lái zhēng zhàn jǐ rén huí
古来征战几人回
since ancient times expeditions (wars) few people (soldiers) return

 

This is a famous poem written by Wang Han during the Tang dynasty.

The whole poem is bold and unconstrained, but it does have some bleak feeling in the end.

This is a poem about the soldiers who went to war at border areas of China. They know they will face a hard life, but they smile to face this.


葡萄美酒夜光杯  - The ye guang glass is full of red wine (it was famous glass in Jia Yu Guan city). This tells you where the man was fighting, at Jia Yu Guan, which was far a away and remote.

欲饮琵琶马上催  - I want to stop and drink the wine, but the calling to war pi pa is sounding and I must hurry away to fight. (The pi pa is a musical instrument).

醉卧沙场君莫笑  - Please don’t laugh at me if I am drunk. I am not afraid, but it is the way I face war and the loneliness.

古来征战几人回  - From ancient times to now, how many soldiers can go back home after the war? (In other words, the soldier knows that he will probably die at the war and never return home to see his family again, yet he knows he must fight to protect his large family (his country) and his small family (his parents, wife and children). 

Liang  zhou 凉 州 is the title of the poem

ci 词 is the form of the poem

 

 

Chinese Art

 

 艺术

 

Bamboo 竹 (zhu2: pronounced jew) is much loved by the Chinese because it symbolizes a strong, warm family that is always together.  Bamboo also always grows up, never down, and so represents the hope of success in life.

 

 

A Selection of Chinese Folk, Contemporary & Classical Music

 

 

 

 

Discover Contemporary China

in

Photographs

  

 

Visit China

 

 

Anhui, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Shandong, Hebei, Lijiang, Zhouzhuang, Fuzhou, Daming Palace, Dalian, HuBei, Dehong, Ruzhou, Qingyuan, Qingdao, Baishuiyang, Kunming, Xian, Dabu, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hainan

 

 

 

 

 

China's National Tourist Office