Music »

[19 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments | 11,180 views]
Best Erhu Masterpiece Ever – Moon Reflected on Second Spring

Best Erhu (Chinese Violin) Piece Ever – How?
“I should kneel down to listen to it!” — Ozawa Seiji,  Japanese Conductor
One of the best known Chinese music inside and outside China
In 1985, an album of 11 Chinese music was introduced in USA, this one is the first.
When you talk about Chinese music, firstly you talk about Erhu (so called Chinese Violin); when you talk about Erhu, firstly you talk about this one – Moon reflected on Second Spring.

Residential House »

[16 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments | 4,010 views]
Tulou Earth Building – Hakka Houses

In 1960s, when US started to use military satellites to gather intelligent information, they found numerous “nuclear reactors” hidden in the mountains of Fujian Province in southern China. Greatly alarmed, they sent officers to investigate the situation, only to find that these “nuclear reactors” or “missile silos” were in fact harmless earth buildings where the Hakkas had been living for centuries!

Travel »

[13 Feb 2009 | One Comment | 7,578 views]

Introduction:
Temples are not only popular tourist destinations but also important part of Chinese culture. No matter it’s Buddhism, Taoism, Confucian, Ancestral, or any memorial one, it is a piece of cultural essence. It contains intangible value in architecture, art, religion, and sociology, etc.  From these different temples, we can know Chinese culture from a unique angle.  So temples are always among the best places of interest to travel. Here, I list top 10 temples in China with wikipedia links and google earth kml files. Let’s begin our trip in the …

Philosophy »

[11 Feb 2009 | One Comment | 4,986 views]

Storyteller: People say that French are romantic. When I started to learn the French language in college, my teacher gave a very good example to show the romance of French.
The phrase: “Mon Amie”.
When you introduce a female friend in French as “Mon Amie”, it could mean either “my female friend” or “my girl friend”.  So people won’t know your exact relationship.
Wait a minute, is “girl friend” a “female friend”? Yes? No? It’s hard to say. Well, let me tell you a famous logic story first.
White Horse is Not Horse
In the …

Chengyu »

[8 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on Quenching Thirst by Watching Plums | 3,246 views]

Storyteller: Last month, I told a story “Satisfying Hunger with Picture Cakes“. It tells people not to rely on unrealistic fantasy. Today, I will tell a similar story: “Quenching thirst by watching plums”.  The idea within this Chinese idiom is pretty close the “picture cake” one.  Sometimes, people use these two idioms together, and in most cases, one can replace the other in a dialogue or context. However, given the stories behind the two idioms, there is a little difference between the exact meaning of two idioms. “Drawing a picture …