What You Don’t Know About Jade

One of the most valuable things you can find in China is Jade. For thousands of years in China it has been used as parts of jewelry, art, and architecture. In most of China it is recognized as more valuable than diamonds or gold. But where does Jade come from? What makes it so valuable? … Continue reading What You Don’t Know About Jade


5 Bizarre Beauty Trends in China

We all know that beauty trends and people’s perception of beauty differs around the world, and China is no exception to this. During my time in China I noticed a few of the beauty trends that are popular today. You may have heard of some of them, you may have even tried some, but there … Continue reading 5 Bizarre Beauty Trends in China

Chinese tongue twisters

Ever wondered if there are fun word games in Chinese like in English? Well there are! Our friends at Learn Chinese Now, can help you learn some Chinese tongue twisters and impress your liaison and Chinese students! These tongue twisters are completely off the wall, check them out in the video below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SOWoig4v7I&ab_channel=LearnChineseNow

The Hunan Chinese Bridge competition

For the last 10 or so years, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Hunan TV station has held the Chinese Proficiency Competition. It's commonly known as the Chinese Bridge competition. Every year, competitors, ages 18-30, from all over the world attend this competition and compete in categories such as Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, … Continue reading The Hunan Chinese Bridge competition

13 inspirations from the Daodejing

The Daodejing, formerly known as the Tao Te Ching, is an ancient text accredited to Laozi. Although some don't know if he actually lived, the text has survived and with it many pieces of wisdom. Here are some thoughts from the Daodejing about living life. 1.)  2.) “If you try to change it, you will ruin … Continue reading 13 inspirations from the Daodejing

A little Chinese History

Chinese history is much like European history. It's long, complicated and has a lot of wars. But Chinese history is still interesting and everything in the past has influenced the people and culture today. So settle down for a few minutes and watch this (very) brief history of China including an overview of the dynasties, … Continue reading A little Chinese History

The easy way to learn Chinese characters

So you want to learn a little Chinese before you go to China? That's a great idea! People who learn even a little Chinese before they go to China find it's much easier to adapt to the culture and they get a running start on learning the menus! Learning Chinese characters can look pretty daunting, … Continue reading The easy way to learn Chinese characters

The Holy Grail of China

Shangri-La (香格里拉), often known as the Holy Grail of China, was made popular by James Hilton in his book Lost Horizon (you can buy it on Amazon here). The novel supposedly takes place in Tibet or the Himalayas, but it is said to be loosely based on the Muli communities he visited or Shambala, Tibet. While … Continue reading The Holy Grail of China