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Friends in China »

The Chinese translation of  ”friend”  is “朋友” (peng you), but we might use “peng you” in a broader way than “friend” in English.  ”Peng you” can refer to an acquaintance you just talked for a while, or it can also refer to a person you’ve been friends with for many years.  We have many different [...]

KTV Gives Your Life More Music »

Going to KTV is a big thing in China. For birthday celebrations, family get-togethers, weekends hanging out, or even just killing time, KTV is a great place to go.

KTV is the place where we do karaoke. In China, we sing karaoke more privately than in the US.  There are many separate karaoke boxes, and people usually sing in front [...]

You have to reserve a seat for your new born baby! »

“If your child cannot study in a good kindergarten, then he or she cannot be easily accepted by a good elementary school. If he or she cannot received education in a good elementary school, then there is no chance to go to a top middle school, or competitive high school, or famous university.  Then he or [...]

Complicated and Costly Chinese Weddings »

A modern Chinese wedding combines traditional customs and modern styles, which is more interesting but also complicated and costly. In most cities, an intermediate wedding usually costs the new couple 70,000RMB(=$11,290) or more. If you want have a high-grade wedding, you should expect to spend at least 100,000RMB(=$16,129). But a young couple’s average monthly income is around [...]

How the Chinese Honor the Memory of Deceased People »

There are a lot of memorial and remembrance traditions to follow in China.  Different regions and different nationalities in China have their own customs. Losing relatives or friends is a very big thing in China. From the date we lose the person, we honor them in different ways.

Surprise me~ »

“Michelle, I love you so much!” I was surprised by this sentence from President Barack Obama’s in his public speech of  Remarks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This sentence is never ever spoken by Chinese government officials in their public speeches. In Chinese public speech, people seldom talk about  love, and they never express their emotional feelings.

大家好!Wenwen from China says “Hello” to everyone »

Hi everyone~  大家好~Da jia hao~
I’m Wenwen and I come from China.
My last name is Zhang, and I have an English name: Victoria. But most of the people I met here, they do think Wenwen is better than Victoria, because it‘s easy to  pronounce. When I introduce myself to others, I always tell them”Wen’s pronunciation is similar [...]