10 Reasons to Learn Chinese Characters
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10 Reasons to Learn Chinese Characters

Why is it so important to learn Chinese characters when you study Chinese? Some people say it’s not important. For them, being able to hold a decent conversation is more rewarding than writing and memorizing the characters. No doubt, all people have different goals. But this week, we’ve found you 10 reasons to learn Chinese characters – and explain why it...

Year of the Pig: Pigs in Chinese Culture
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Year of the Pig: Pigs in Chinese Culture

According to the Chinese calendar, 2019 is going to be the “Year of the Pig”. So today, let’s look at pigs in Chinese culture – and see how these animals have been regarded in China through history.   Pigs in Traditional Chinese Culture Since the dawn of time, Chinese people have had a special kind of affection towards...

History of New Year in China
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History of New Year in China

The word 元旦 yuándàn, which refers to the first day of the New Year in China, has a long history. But which New Year does it refer to – the Lunar or the Gregorian? And what’s the difference difference between 元旦 yuándàn and 春节 chūnjié?   Origins of New Year in China The first and earliest mention of 元旦...

History of Milk Tea
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History of Milk Tea

What’s the most popular drink in China? Not coffee – at least not yet! It’s 奶茶 ♦ nǎichá, or milk tea, the beloved drink you can buy in China at any corner. Today, let’s look back and trace the history of Chinese milk tea together.   Origins of Milk Tea The way of drinking tea by adding dairy to...

Chinese vs. Western Millennials
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Chinese vs. Western Millennials

This week’s post was produced in collaboration with Hogan Injury – based on their outstanding article about global millennials. Let’s compare Chinese millenials with their global counterparts.   Chinese vs. Western Millennials Both Chinese and Western millennials (千禧年一代 qiānxǐnián yīdài) represent the majority of labor force today. And we are not talking about entry-level positions only. Aged...

Chinese Names of Popular Western Chains
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Chinese Names of Popular Western Chains

This week, we are going to look at the Chinese names of popular Western chains, famous among locals and foreigners alike. But first, let’s see what names you already know – or perhaps can guess. Look at the first picture and try to put a name and a label of the chain together:   Exercise | Chinese Names...

Christmas Drinks in China | Starbucks and Costa
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Christmas Drinks in China | Starbucks and Costa

Less than a month is left until Christmas Day. And some Western coffee shops in China are ready to make us happy with their special drinks! So today, we’re going to discover what Christmas drinks in China Starbucks and Costa Coffee offer during winter time. No doubt that baristas know the names of all the drinks in English, but...

NetEase Music: A Guide to ‘Chinese Spotify’
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NetEase Music: A Guide to ‘Chinese Spotify’

In this post, we look at NetEase Music – the most popular music app in China, and very similar to Spotify. The name of the app in Chinese is 网易云音乐.   NetEase Music: The Name First, let’s look at the Chinese name. It will give us a hint about the app: 网 wǎng – net (from 网络 wǎngluò, the Internet)...

Western TV Shows: Chinese Names
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Western TV Shows: Chinese Names

Western TV shows are popular all over the world, and China is no exception. People love to spend time watching their favorite TV shows, and we do, too. Once we got curious about what Western TV shows in China are popular, and what their Chinese names are, we discovered that some of them are very different...

How to Survive Winter in Shanghai
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How to Survive Winter in Shanghai

When you live in a foreign country, speaking the language is often not enough – you need to educate yourself on the local weather, too. Especially if you are planning to stay there for a long term. In this post, you will learn how to survive Shanghai’s freezing winters ❄    Winter season in the Southern part of China is truly...

Dazhong Dianping: A Guide to ‘Chinese Yelp’
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Dazhong Dianping: A Guide to ‘Chinese Yelp’

There are many ways to check local restaurants, shops and buisnesses in China. But if you want to navigate like a local, it’s worth mastering Dazhong Dianping – a tried-and-true review app, where Chinese locals rate local businesses and share their reviews. In this step-by-step, we’ll help you navigate Dazhong Dianping like a pro😎  ...

How to Prepare for HSK Level 6 Within Limited Time
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How to Prepare for HSK Level 6 Within Limited Time

If you’re learning Chinese, it’s very likely that at some point, you are going to take an HSK test (汉语水平考试 Hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǎoshì). And you’ll need to prepare for it well. In this post, I share my experience passing HSK Level 6, and give you some tips, applicable to all levels✌   Time Frame First, let’s take a look...

How to Spend a Great Weekend in Suzhou
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How to Spend a Great Weekend in Suzhou

If you are going to travel around China or, for example, want to visit Shanghai, you also must spend a day or two in Suzhou – a beautiful and authentic town, which’s located just half an hour on the train from the Chinese economic capital. In this post we are going to have a look...