Secret Chinese New Year Customs That Might Get you in Trouble!

Secret Chinese New Year Customs That Might Get you in Trouble!

Everyone knows about all the standard Chinese New Years traditions. Dumplings, red pockets, and the CCTV Spring Festival Gala show… everyone knows about these traditions. However, since China is so big, there are so many regional traditions that get overlooked. Here are some special, non-standard Chinese New Year traditions from my home village of Pengshan located in Sichuan province.

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Chinese New Year at YuYuan

Chinese New Year at YuYuan

If you are looking for some 热闹 renao (noise and excitement) then head down to YuYuan this Chinese New Year. Not for the faint hearted, this place becomes so crowded and noisy that you probably won't even be able to find the entrance to the garden itself. These photos were taken during last year's celebration for the year of the monkey, an interesting experience to say the least.

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How to Get Ready for the Chinese Winter

How to Get Ready for the Chinese Winter

Chinese winter is coming, and Chinese winters are cold. In the south, most buildings don’t have central heating .China is divided North-South by the Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River line. Everything north of the line has heating, and everything south of the line doesn’t. Unfortunately my hometown in Sichuan and in Shanghai are south of the Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River line. Since we can't move mountains or rivers, let's just get better prepared for the cold and wet season. How do you keep warm in China

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To All our American Friends ... Come to China!

To All our American Friends ... Come to China!

Recently following the election of the new American president, the Canadian immigration website crashed because of all the new interest to move to Canada. Canada is nice, but it's full of moose and beavers! Why not move to China instead? It's becoming easier to get work visas in China and we have lovely pandas! We at GoEast would love to welcome anyone (especially our American friends) to come to China. First step: get a work visa...

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Watching TV is the Ultimate Way to Improve your Chinese

Watching TV is the Ultimate Way to Improve your Chinese

If your Chinese is already at an intermediate level but you’re still having trouble engaging in a natural conversation, then you should probably start watching a 电视剧 (diànshìjù: soap opera). Watching Chinese TV is undoubtedly the easiest way to improve your Chinese listening skills. Here are three handpicked dramas along with links to watch them. Don’t worry if you can’t understand everything at first, it will become easier with time. Just sit back, relax and feel the magic of 电视剧 working on your brain.

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How to Make Friends and Play Mahjong

How to Make Friends and Play Mahjong

In China, at least, one of the easiest ways to make friends is to play Mahjong! Mahjong is a game that’s deeply rooted in Chinese culture. You can play Mahjong almost anywhere in China and find fast friends. To beginners it might seem complicated with all the different tile types, and ways to win but it is actually quite simple.

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Descendents of the Dragon ... and Other Awesome Ways to say "Chinese People"

Descendents of the Dragon ... and Other Awesome Ways to say "Chinese People"

When you begin learning Chinese, you learn that the word for Chinese people in Chinese is 中国人 (zhōng guó rén). However 中国人 is more of a nationality, ie. Chinese citizens. What about American Chinese? Canadian Chinese? Singaporean Chinese? Vietnamese Chinese? Are they still 中国人? 

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The Best Books for Intermediate Chinese Readers

The Best Books for Intermediate Chinese Readers

Reading is always one of the best ways to learn a new language and culture. However, vocabulary, grammar and especially Chinese characters prevent a lot of beginner to intermediate Chinese speakers from diving into the world of Chinese literature.

What you need are just good recommendations and some strategies...

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Top 5 Websites to Watch Western TV in China

Many western tv shows are coming back this September! Here comes the question: how can you watch these shows while you are in China? There is no Netflix or video shops that are common in your country. Like everything else, we do it online… Duh :). So today, I am going to introduce you some very popular and useful websites for watching western TV shows in China. 

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