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The Greatest Chinese Inventions of All Time

  • Post by Charissa
  • September 24, 2016
Chinese inventions

China has a fascinating history full of interesting events, legends and Chinese inventions. If you can keep all of the difficult Chinese names straight, an in-depth look at a history book on China will prove just how inventive and creative China was hundreds of years ago. There are four Chinese inventions in particular that have impacted human civilization the most. Here's a brief look at what they are:

The Compass

The original Chinese compass was actually a spoon made out of lodestone, which is naturally magnetized. The spoon sat on top of a brass plate and the handle of the spoon a

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Tea drinking culture in Guangzhou

  • Post by Charissa
  • April 19, 2016
morning tea

Almost everyone knows that people in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, love drinking tea, especially having morning tea. When people in Guangzhou first meet, the first thing they say is, “Have you had tea yet?” Chinese people outside of Guangzhou will simply greet each other by saying, “Did you eat?” People in Guangzhou don’t literally mean only drinking tea; having morning tea implies going to a tea restaurant for food as well.Morning tea absolutely involves drinking tea (usually gongfu style), but it also involves ordering a large array of dim sum. The elderly generation are especially resolute in

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Spring Festival: China’s Christmas

  • Post by Charissa
  • February 6, 2016
Spring Festival

The most important holiday in China is Spring Festival, one of two “Golden Week” holidays in China. It is similar to Christmas in the West in many ways. Families unite and bring gifts. There are certain traditions such as fireworks or making special food. For many people who work in the big city, it is the only time of year they see their parents and other family back at their hometown, which makes it one of the happiest times of year. It is also the busiest time of year.Millions of Chinese need to board trains, buses, cars and planes to travel near and far to retur

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What is a Special Administrative Region in China?

  • Post by Tony
  • October 16, 2015
Special Administrative Region in China

Unbeknownst to most Westerners, all of China is not a single unified country. There are four distinct areas of China which operate nearly completely separately from the People's Republic of China. China is a very large country with a massive population. It is no wonder then, that great divisions in culture have arisen: not only between north and south- but in other ways as well. Separated by only narrow straits of water both constitutional special administrative region of Hong Kong and Macau remain under China's 'one country, two systems' policy.

Hong Kong

In 1839, the refusal of Qing Dynasty authorites to promote opium exports led to the First Opium War bet

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Why A VPN Is Essential In China

  • Post by Tony
  • September 7, 2015
Great Firewall of China

So you’ve decided to jump in and move to China! Congratulations! Now what do you do?As you have more than likely heard, China has an extensive firewall set up. A firewall is a virtual ‘wall’ that restricts internet access to sites. Like other Asian countries such as Thailand and Singapore, China is not shy about doing this. In fact, China’s firewall is infamous- often times referred to as The Great Firewall of China.

The Construction of the Notorious Firewall

The Great Firewall is officially known as Operation Golden Shield and started as an effort to restrict the ability of oppositional parties in China. As it grew the firewall also turned into a method by which the Chin

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