Carnival »

[19 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 1,248 views]
China Carnival #13: Costa Rica, Novel Travel …

Welcome to the April 19, 2010 edition of china carnival. We have 6 post today (one might be broken). Some highlights: Tom praises hard working Chinese workers in Latin-Timed Costa Rica; Zhu tells her “crazy” job experience in Hong Kong when she was only 18; Mike shares three online resources for learning Chinese. Please enjoy!

Misc »

[16 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 670 views] Interviewed at Wandering Educators

I am very happy to let you know that I was interviewed by Jessie at (WE).

WE is a global community of educators, sharing travel experiences. The Editors at WE are an eclectic group of global and traveling educators, bent on sharing our passion for travel with like-minded individuals.

Music »

[14 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Diplomat Su Wu, Lonely Shepherd of the North | 2,708 views]
Diplomat Su Wu, Lonely Shepherd of the North

It is a widespread famous school song with distinctive ethnic features. It is produced in the early years of Republic of China (1912), became popular in the 20s and 30s of 20th century.

Honestly, I learned this beautiful song/music in primary school and have believed since then this is an ancient song written 2000 years ago in Han Dynasty. I did not realize it is actually not that ancient until I planned this post and searched information online.

Chengyu »

[10 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on No More Tricks, Mr. Nan Guo! | 1,624 views]
No More Tricks, Mr. Nan Guo!

I have a weird habit. When I go to a classical music concert by an orchestra, I like to look at the individual musicians on the stage one after another. See their facial expressions and body gestures, see how they enjoy the music by themselves, how they pause and rest, how they response to the conductor, and try to catch some little things happened on the stage, or see if everyone is fully devoted to the performance.

Scenic Splendor of China »

[5 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Top 5 Urban Districts in China w. Google Earth Links | 2,330 views]
Top 5 Urban Districts in China w. Google Earth Links

For this Scenic Splendor of China selection, most categories are about natural scenes like mountains, rivers, and lakes, etc.. Besides, there are indeed a couple dedicated to humanity. Today, I am going to show you the most beautiful urban districts in China.

A bit unfortunately, due to social and political turmoil in the recent 200 years, very few traditional Chinese urban districts are preserved from destruction and modernization. Among the top 5 urban districts I will show you below, three of them are western urban districts built by European colonists in early 20th century.