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[9 Apr 2009 | One Comment | 612 views]
Welcome, PocketCultures readers

Today, Liz at pocketcultures.com introduced China Story Weekly to her readers in this blog post: Stories of China. Thanks, Liz!

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Chengyu »

[7 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | 3,705 views]
Pull the crops up to help them grow

Storyteller: Have you ever grow some plants by yourself, such as flowers, veggie, or tomatoes? I do. I grow some tomatoes in my small backyard. How do we look after the plants and help them grow? It’s a lot of different work, indeed. Watering, fertilizing, flood, heat, disease, insects, wind, cold, weed, etc…, there are lots of things to worry from plant to harvest.  That’s just for casual plant lovers like me, for the farmers whose lives are totally associated with crops, things could be even harder. No wonder a …

Music »

[5 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | 34,538 views]
Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flowers): the symbol of Chinese Music

Overall, this folk song is well recognized to western listeners because of Puccini and is played at many formal situations, kind of like our second national anthem. Mo Li Hua (茉莉花), which means ‘Jasmine Flowers’, is a popular Chinese folk song.

Residential House »

[30 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Mongolian Yurt: “EASY” Portable House of Nomads | 8,195 views]
Mongolian Yurt: “EASY” Portable House of Nomads

On the vast plateau of Mongolian Highland, cold wind from Siberia blows across the Gobi desert and grasslands, while many big white tents are standing in the harsh winter. They are the Mongolian yurts.

Mongolian yurts are a type of portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structures in which the Mongolian nomads (and many other ethnic nomads) live. The advantage of yurt can be summed up as one word: “easy”.

Scenic Splendor of China »

[28 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,327 views]
Top 5 Lakes in China with Google Earth Links

There are numerous lakes in the territory of China. According to official data, there are about 2700+ lakes which are larger than 1 km2 in area. Their total area is larger than 90,000 km2, close to the size of Zhejiang Province. Not to mention that there are also lots of man-built reservoirs. They are vastly distributed all around China, while mid-and-down stream of Yangtze River and Tibet Plateau have lakes located more densely. Here I list the top 5 most beautiful lakes (scenic places) in China.