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  • The traditional Chinese Laba Festival and its porridge

    January 16, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    A staple of the Laba Festival, laba porridge can feature a variety of ingredients

    This past week the traditional Chinese Laba Festival holiday was celebrated in China. A lunar holiday, it falls on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month.

    On this day in most parts of China, it is customary to eat laba porridge, which is made of many kinds of grains, melons, fruits, beans and nuts. Generally the laba porridge has a sweet taste, while families in the central plains of China are reported to like a saltier version. Therefore besides normal ingredients like rice, mil ...

  • Top Annual Chinese Characters and Words of 2010

    January 11, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    The internet term "gěilì" was a top Chinese word for 2010. It expresses being upright and capable.

    Each year over the past five, the "Annual Chinese Characters and Words of Chinese Language Check" report is published in Beijing by Chinese online and print publishing companies. The reports aims at highlighting the Chinese words that best summarize the experience of the previous year of Chinese people -- including both existing and newly coined words.

    Published this past week, the report highlights four words in total. They are:

    Words to describe domestic situation

  • Commemorating Chairman Mao's 117th birthday

    January 04, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    Tourists in Mao Zedong's hometown in Shaoshan, Hunan Province, take part in the festivities to celebrate his 117th birthday.

    This past week one of the largest figures in modern Chinese history, Mao Zedong, turned 117. To commemorate the occasion, his small countryside hometown in southern China hosted activities to celebrate the memory of their country's founding leader. It's reported that tens of thousands of tourists came to participate in the festive events, which were described as civilized and simple expressions of honor.

    The life of Mao Zedong

    Born in 1893 in Shaoshan in southern China ...

  • The rush to relieve Beijing's traffic woes

    December 27, 2010 | Posted by Vicky

    A common traffic jam in the early evening in Beijing, China

    Just before Christmas a few days ago, Beijing government authorities convened a news conference to outline emergency measures to fight the city's increasing traffic woes, including an aggressive effort limit the total number of new vehicles purchased in 2011.

    Severe traffic in Beijing

    With about 4.7 million cars currently on the road in Beijing -- nearly double the total 5 years ago -- city residents can attest that traffic in the capital city seems to be getting worse ...

  • Grand Hukou Waterfall of the Yellow River

    December 23, 2010 | Posted by Vicky

    The famous dust-tainted water of China's Yellow River flowing over the Hukou Waterfalls, above.

    The most famous waterfall on China's most famous river, the Hukou waterfall is a unique sight on the Yellow River. Located between Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces in central China, the Chinese collective unconscious regards the falls as a symbol of the spirit of the Chinese people.

    What's in a name?

    Covering an area of 23 square miles, the Hukou falls is 165 feet wide and 165 feet deep, which makes it China's second largest waterfall, following the Huangguoshu Waterfall of ...

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