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Chinese Corner in GZ

Hi! Welcome to join the Chinese Corner Group and welcome to Guangzhou! Do you know Chinese Kongfu! Dimsum! Chinese traditional handicraft! Do you know where you will find the traditional buildings in GZ! Do you want to know how the locate people's REAL LIFE here!  Well..Then don't hesitate to join us! I am sure you will enjoy a wonderful and REAL-LIFE Chinese culture experience with us in the coming future! To konw more, contact me by sharon_mandarin@163.com

Website: http://www.mandarinland.net
Location: Guangzhou
Members: 19
Latest Activity: Oct 14

Welcome to join the Chinese Corner!

Are you a Expat who are learning Chinese from America, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Korea etc.? It's not easy to find people of similar levels , similar schedules and similar interests to practice your chinese, and to know more about Chinese culture, is it?
Chinese Corner is for you!

Join us in a relaxing coffee shop to practice Chinese speaking, share tips, or mentor each other.
Much More Fun Chinese Culture waiting for you to Experience.

Please Feel Free to Contact and RSVP if you are interested and let me know your Chinese level.

Email sharon_mandarin@163.com to RSVP by following information:
Name+Surname:
Email:
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Chinese level:

Our Professional Chinese teacher will be there, and It's a great opportunity to have fun and make new friends.
Enjoy a coffee and finger food, how could you miss this?

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Comment by Sharon Sha on November 3, 2015 at 3:30pm

Chinese proficiency competition for foreign students held in SW China

Competitors take part in the final of the 8th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition For Foreign Secondary School Students in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, Oct. 31, 2015. Teams from Malawi, Russia, Thailand, New Zealand and the United States won the championships in the five continents respectively, and team Thailand won the championship of the grand final.

Comment by Sharon Sha on October 31, 2015 at 12:06pm

Chinese Bamboo Culture

The bamboo plant is the staple food of the giant panda and a cultural icon in Chinese history. In ancient China bamboo was a feature of various aspects of daily life. It was used for food, clothing, housing and transportation. China's first books were crafted from bamboo strips strung on string, and almost all ancient musical instruments were made of bamboo. People are still using paintbrush made from bamboo today.

Bamboo is viewed as a symbol of traditional Chinese values.It is an example of the harmony between nature and human being.Chinese ancients designated the plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum as "four gentlemen," and pine, bamboo and plum as the "three friends in winter."People think its deep root denotes resoluteness, its tall, straight stem represents honorability, its hollow interior modesty and its clean and spartan exterior exemplifies chastity.

Ancient Chinese literati held bamboo in profound esteem. This explains why there are so many writings and paintings dedicated to it throughout history.

Comment by Sharon Sha on October 27, 2015 at 12:43pm
A smile everyday

I've Just Bitten My Tongue 
"Are we poisonous?" the young snake asked his mother.
"Yes, dear," she replied - "Why do you ask?"
"Cause I've just bitten my tongue! "

Notes:
(1) poisonous adj.有毒的
(2) Cause I've just bitten my tongue 因为我刚咬了自己的舌头。 句中 Cause 是 Because 的缩略形式。

我刚咬破自己的舌头
“我们有毒吗?”一个年幼的蛇问它的母亲。
“是的,亲爱的,”她回答说,“你问这个干什么?”
“因为我刚刚咬破自己的舌头。”
Comment by Sharon Sha on October 23, 2015 at 12:20pm
A smile everyday

I Wasn't Asleep

When a group of women got on the car, every seat was already occupied. The conductor noticed a man who seemed to be asleep, and fearing he might miss his stop, he nudged him and said: "Wake up, sir!"

"I wasn't asleep," the man answered.

"Not asleep? But you had your eyes closed."

"I know. I just hate to look at ladies standing up beside me in a crowded car."

我没有睡着

当一群妇女上车之后,车上的座位全都被占满了。售票员注意到一名男子好象是睡着了,他担心这个人会坐过站,就用肘轻轻地碰了碰他,说:“先生,醒醒!”

“我没有睡着。”那个男人回答。

“没睡着?可是你眼睛都闭上了呀?”

“我知道,我只是不愿意看到在拥挤的车上有女士站在我身边而已。”
Comment by Sharon Sha on October 14, 2015 at 3:01pm

Dragon

The dragon is an imaginary divine animal of ancient China. It is believed to have a snake body and tail, lizard legs, eagle paws, deer horns and fish scales, with a beard at the mouth corners and a pearl under the forehead. In Chinese mythology, the dragon changes from time to time, controls the cloud and rain, and benefits everything in the world. Chinese people call themselves "descendants of the dragon", because they regard the dragon as a symbol of dignity. In ancient times, the dragon was not what they look today. Its image was gradually evolved with the long history.  

In the remote past, most natural phenomena seemed inexplicable to people. Therefore, an imaginary animal with the great power of wind, rain and thunder became the totem of a nation. The dragon was an animal in people's imagination with the features of ferocious animals in the forest, fish swimming in the river, birds flying in the sky and many others. So, the image of the dragon gradually took shape and it was regarded as the king of animals and a divine creature capable of doing anything.

The early form of the dragon germinated in the Neolithic Age and the first actual dragon image was discovered in a tomb of the primitive society. It was created with shells in the shape of a lizard. The color of the bold image was simple and elegant.

The jade dragon excavated from a tomb of the Hongshan Culture of the Neolithic Age is called "the first dragon of China". Shaped like a "C", the jade dragon has a head similar to that of a pig. Some guess that the original image of a dragon was somewhat like a pig. So the jade dragon is also called "pig dragon".

The image of the dragon keeps changing, but the spirit forges ahead with the Chinese nation. The dragon was endowed with power in the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, and broadmindedness in the Han and Tang Dynasties. It was highly respected as the "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove" in the Wei and Jin Dynasties. And it was depicted as a wild horse galloping on the grassland in the Liao and Jing Dynasties. The dragon used to be an extremely sacred symbol of monarchical power and nobility. But now, it has come to the ordinary people, serving as a favored mythological image to all. The dragon has now become the symbol of China.

Comment by Sharon Sha on October 12, 2015 at 3:43pm

Bruce Lee:King of Kungfu

In 1959 a short, skinny, bespectacled 18-year-old kid from Hong Kong traveled to America and declared himself to be John Wayne, James Dean, Charles Atlas and the guy who kicked your butt in junior high. In an America where the Chinese were still stereotyped as meek house servants and railroad workers, Bruce Lee was all steely sinew, threatening stare and cocky, pointed finger--a Clark Kent who didn't need to change outfits. He was the redeemer, not only for the Chinese but for all the geeks and dorks and pimpled teenage masses that washed up at the theaters to see his action movies. He was David, with spin-kicks and flying leaps more captivating than any slingshot.

As an exceptional martial artist, Lee's ability to synthesize various national martial techniques sparked a new trend in unarmed combat martial arts films. His talent shifted the focus from martial arts director to martial arts actor.

Since 1973, the year Bruce Lee died and his famous motion picture Enter the Dragon was released, movies have been the single most influential factor behind the growing popularity of martial arts. Lee’s cinematic success spawned a global industry of the martial arts, and schools opened and flourished worldwide. During the 1970s more students took up the study of martial arts than at any time before or since. To those involved in martial arts, the years from 1972 to 1975-the height of Lee’s popularity-are often cited as the Bruce Lee era.

Comment by Sharon Sha on October 9, 2015 at 11:26am

How to use Chopsticks?

 



The use of chopsticks is a must in the Chinese cuisine. It is not only important for you to use the sticks but you should be aware of the correct use of the chopsticks otherwise you would be regarded as an ill-mannered and ill Train ed person. Therefore, you must have an at least a basic idea about the correct method of using the chopsticks in order to avoid embarrassment. 

Firstly, you should be worried about the fact that you hold the stick at the middle or at the top. But what is important is that the ends of the sticks should be maintained at the same level. That implies that one stick should not be lowered than the other. The basic use of the chopsticks is for eating purposes, they should not be used for moving the utensils on the table. 

If you are not using the chopsticks, you are expected to place them tidily. Since they are used for eating, it should be considered that they are not mishandled. Therefore, after finishing your meal, always place the chopsticks side by side neatly. Another important thing is that it is indecent and ill-mannered on your part if you point at someone with the chopstick as they are to be treated as spoons. 

Just like ordinary spoons, the chopsticks can be re-used after washing. However, there might be some disposable chopsticks. Therefore, if they are not disposable, you should be courteous enough to use them only for eating purposes and the things like biting at the ends or tooth picking are highly discouraged. Always try to act respectfully during the meal. If you hit the stick in your plate, this would be childish. 

The way the chopsticks are placed in the plates also holds importance in the Chinese culture. Yes, if you do not know how to place the sticks in the plates, the food would be considered to serve the dead people. Similarly, sticks should not be used for trying to find certain special ingredient in the dish. This habit is normally associated with digging of one’s grave which is obviously shameful. 

Since Chinese culture is extremely rich and they value the various etiquettes, they have created standards for themselves. This shows that they promote mutual respect and brotherhood in all possible ways which is one of the reasons for their success in the modern world of the 21st century. 

In the Chinese dinning etiquette, there are many do and don’ts. They have spent thousands of years in developing these set of values for their society. If you can learn all these etiquette, you won’t find any difficulties as a ‘dinner guest’ in China.

Comment by Sharon Sha on October 8, 2015 at 4:56pm

Yellow Mountain Maofeng Tea

Produced in Huangshan City, Anhui Province, Yellow Mountain Maofeng Tea is the nonesuch among all types of green tea in China. The raw material is picked in Yellow Mountain and the newly made tea leaves are covered with coats of pekoe, hereby the name “Yellow Mountain Maofeng Tea”. The tea trees are mainly distributed around the Peachblossom Peak (Taohuafeng) which is featured by high altitude, dense forest, short daytime, thick mist and other predominant natural conditions. Top quality tea leaves are obtained by virtue of the moistening of cloud and mist as well as nonexistence of extreme weather.

Fresh Yellow Mountain Maofeng Tea is usually fabricated during the Qingming Festival by selectively picking tea shoots and then getting them steamed, rolled and baked in the same day. This processing method can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty and has bearing on the Cloud-mist Tea. There are numerous renowned springs on the Yellow Mountain which are ideal to brew Yellow Mountain Maofeng Tea for the purpose of obtaining top taste.

Yellow Mountain Maofeng Tea is featured by slightly coiled leaves, slender starwort-like shape, yellowish green, unveiled silver pekoe, and golden jannum. After brewing it in boiled water, the steam will arise and linger above the yellowish clear green liquor. The liquor is sweetish mellow and emits orchid fragrance, with the leaves presenting yellowish green and providing lingering charm.

Other than Maofeng tea, Yellow Mountain also produces a wide range of famous tea such as “Tunlv” of Xiuning County, “Houkui” of Taiping County and “Laozhu Dafang” of Shexian County. They are all endowed with unique features and famous far and wide.

Comment by Sharon Sha on September 26, 2015 at 5:23pm

Dear all,

The wonderful Summer vacation was over but another cool busy season is coming!  Let's stay away from the city and enjoy the old times.

It is our great honor to invite you and your family to join us, to express our gratitude and thankfulness for your long time support!

What do you expect in the visiting? This time we will visit Liwan, which is traditionally known as Xiguan. It's named after Lizhi Wan (Litchi Bay) in the district and depicted by a poet as "Green water in the bay, red litchis on both banks." This is a great chance that we can visit traditional constructions of Guangzhou, taste the typical street snacks, watch the Cantonese opera, and boat on the lake.  

Who: Mandarin Land students, their friends and family,

When to meet: 10:30 am on Oct.25th . 2015 (Sunday)

Where to meet: B exit of the Zhongshanba Metro Station

Where to have lunch: Panxi restaurant (Traditional Cantonese Restaurant)

Fee: 10rmb for the museum entrance ticket;

Can choose to go or not: 50~100rmb for Cruise ship excursion, 60~100rmb for lunch.

How to register: Call 85167890 to reserve the seat before Oct.17th.

Comment by Sharon Sha on July 7, 2015 at 4:13pm

[gǔ shì] 股市 stock market
[gǔ piào] 股票 share
[hóng lì] 红利 dividend
[sàn hù]  散户 private investor
[niú shì] 牛市 bull market
[xióng shì] 熊市 bear market
[tiáo zhěng] 调整 correction
[xià diē] 下跌 retreat
[bào diē] 暴跌 plunge
[shàng zhǎng] 上涨 gain
[bào zhǎng]  暴涨 surge
[fǎn tán]  反弹 rebound
[mǎi mài] 买卖 trading
[chéng jiāo é] 成交额 turnover
[gǔ shì pào mò] 股市泡沫 equities bubble

 

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