I am often asked … Why do I love China … « Wandering Waiguoren 漫步外国人

from :I am often asked … Why do I love China … « Wandering Waiguoren 漫步外国人.

I am often asked why china and why do I love it so much. Do i hate america? no has nothing to do with my love of my country…it is hard to explain but I recently had to write an essay for my scholarship that helps give you an idea why and how much I truly love China.

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China and Chinese culture has been a love of mine since I was 5 years old. I used to read stories of a far away land with beauty and mystery. At the time I dreamed of traveling to China and walking on the Great Wall, but at the time it was not possible.

When I came to The University of Akron in 2008, shortly after the Beijing Olympics, I began to take any course that I could on China. I made a big leap and tried Chinese as my foreign language and fell deeper in love with the country and it filled my dreams.

Chinese was very hard but extremely rewarding. I began listening to mandarin music and watching Chinese movies. I wanted to read, see and listen to anything to do with China. I worked hard because I wanted to achieve higher knowledge of the language and the culture.

In May 2010, I was given an opportunity to live my dream of visiting China. During a two-week stay I was able to see amazing cities like Shanghai, Kaifeng, Xi’an and Beijing. I have never been so happy in my life! I saw magnificent places I had only read about in books. I was in awe of the history I was in contact with. I savored every moment I could in places like the Pudong in Shanghai; the Daxiangguo Temple in Kaifeng; the Teracotta Army and the city wall in Xi’an; and the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

I want to take my study of the Chinese language and cultures even further and teach others about the beauty of it. To do so, I would greatly be honored to partake in the year long study of the Chinese language in China. I deeply feel that in order to create a more harmonious world we should learn about other countries and cultures in order to understand them.

I believe that we as Americans cannot continue to force our ideals on other countries. As citizens of the world we need to embrace other cultures and build bridges of learning between the countries. By studying Chinese language and culture, I hope to help build those bridges of understanding between our nations.

Knowledge is the greatest tool and Chinese is a tool I hope to master and eventually pass on to others.

You can ask anyone that knows me about what my passion is and they will abundantly say it is Chinese language and culture. I am the vice-president of the Chinese Cultural Society at The University of Akron, a volunteer at many Chinese culture events, and have written about Chinese culture on our school paper. I am an active promoter of Chinese language, not only at The University of Akron, but in our local community. My hope is that I can help continue the bridge between our countries for many years to come.

Learning Chinese language has also opened many doors for me. I have met many wonderful people since I began my studies. I was also able to turn my love of Chinese language and culture into a part-time student assistant position at our universities Confucius Institute. There I had the pleasure of assisting on many events including out campus’ “China Week” and “Chinese Summer Camp.”

I also spoke to high-school students who are also studying Chinese during “High School China Day” sponsored by our Confucius Institute. Along with another Chinese Student, we taught different study methods that will attract a younger audience. My classmate and I both discovered that through Mandarin pop music we could improve our pronunciation and our vocabulary while enjoying new music and learning about the popular culture of China. At the end of the High School China Day our students performed a popular song for everyone. It was sung in Mandarin and everyone enjoyed it very much. Our class was quiet popular and we were asked to do it again for summer camp.

When awarded this scholarship I will be a model student and ambassador for both The University of Akron and the Confucius Institute. I will maintain the highest level of behavior and will continuously promote Henan University, Confucius Institute, and Chinese Language.

I feel this once-in-a-life time opportunity will provide me with the skills to improve my Chinese well beyond a traditional American classroom setting. Without the opportunity to practice Chinese every day, I fear I will begin to lose what I worked so hard to gain. I wish to go as high as I can in my proficiency in Chinese language and feel this is the best tool to do so. By immersion into the culture and country I am able to observe and learn things that cannot be fully expressed in class, all the small things that people who are communicating do when speaking to one another. These are the things that make a Chinese speaker truly a master.

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

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YouTube – ‪shannonanicas’s Channel & New Trip blog.‬‏

YouTube – ‪shannonanicas’s Channel‬‏.

I have begun going through my videos from my trip to china and korea and editing them into a reasonable watchable format. I will be posting them as they get uploaded.

Also, you can check out the blog that is specifically about my travels last year and (hopefully) this year. Wandering Waiguoren

LMAO!!! So true!!! 13 Stages Of Using Chopsticks | MandMX.com

 

 

 

 

 

13 Stages Of Using Chopsticks | MandMX.com.

Hub braces for late passengers on bullet trains — Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 — English Window to China New

Hub braces for late passengers on bullet trains — Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 — English Window to China New.

SHANGHAI is drafting emergency plans to help late-arriving passengers reach home by public transport, after the high-speed train service between Shanghai and Beijing goes into operation later this month, local authorities said yesterday.

And a temporary coordinating office will be set up at the Hongqiao Transport Hub to tackle any possible emergency situation during the initial operation of the high-speed route.

Officials with the Hongqiao Business District Management Committee said the departure intervals of buses heading to downtown areas will be shortened between 10pm and 11pm, a peak time for passengers arriving at the Hongqiao Railway Station.

In addition, Metro lines serving the station will retain their peak-time departure frequency during that period to cater to the sudden rush of passengers.

About two-thirds of the 90 planned trains will arrive at Hongqiao station, which is expected to receive 100,000 more passengers every day. The current daily passenger flow is around 120,000.

If the high-speed trains are delayed and more than 3,000 people affected, extra Metro trains will be put into service even though the Metro operation will have been over by then, said the committee.

Metro Line 2 and 10 connect to the railway station, and the last train now leaves the station at 11:20pm. Passengers on the last high-speed train, which arrives late at the station, will be allowed to get on the Metro first and they can pay when they get off at their subway station.

If only a few passengers after 11:20pm, the hub will provide more taxis or night buses, as an extra subway train would be a waste, said the committee.

The measures are aimed at avoiding a repeat of last December’s chaos when nearly 2,000 passengers were stranded at the station after their trains were delayed due to snow and there were not enough taxis or buses available.

In addition, railway officials can contact the coordinating office in advance if trains are delayed to report the passenger number and delay time. The office will help arrange appropriate transport plans

Museum Special: Sichuan Cuisine Museum CCTV News – CNTV English

Sichuan Cuisine is celebrated worldwide for its bold flavor of spiciness featuring the liberal use of garlic, chili peppers and peppercorns, which combine to make a real sensation in one’s mouth.

Well, guess you know what our Host Yin Chen’s up to today for the museum series — It’s the Sichuan Cuisine Museum! Time now to follow her for an exploration in the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine in Chengdu, where she’s learned that having a good appetite is just the first step into the world of gastronomy.

I am in a museum right now, and I’m learning something about the Sichuan Cuisine. This is a very unique museum, dedicated to Sichuan Cuisine, one of the most popular cuisine around China. Here we’re going to explore all the different aspects of the cuisine, to satisfy your curiosity and also your taste buds.

Here in the kitchen, open to visitors for a close view of the entire cooking process, I’m encouraged to make a hands-on practice—to chop the garlic, which is one of the most prominent ingredients of Sichuan cuisine.

There’s arguably no better way to know more about a cuisine than learning how to cook it yourself.

It seems these Israeli tourists are pretty happy with the Mapo Tofu they made.

Of course the museum is not just about the cooking only. A stroll in the spacious compound, I’m attracted by not only the delicate arrangement of greens in the garden, but also the museum’s wealthy collection of ancient relics that are closely associated with foods.

Sichuan, in Southwest China, is known as “heavenly country”, due to its abundance of food and natural resources. The history of Sichuan Cuisine is vividly reflected through the unearthed relics being displayed in the museum. From dining utensils and food containers, to clay figures of chefs, every item tells visitors a “Spicy story”.

According to historical records, the emperors of the Qin Dynasty more than two thousand years ago prompted two coarse migrations from central China to Sichuan, resulting in the amalgamation of various cultures. The advent of advanced technology introduced by new-comers enriched Sichuan Cuisine with more cooking materials, exotic seasonings, and new cooking techniques. This laid a solid foundation for the later popularity of Sichuan dishes.

The development of Sichuan Cuisine is also boosted by the demanding literati and celebrities in olden times. To meet the needs of picky diners, chefs back then had to rack their brains improving and working out new dishes.

Look at these two long rolls of huge containers. I give you a clue: Containers like these have been around since the ancient times here in Sichuan. They are a very important part of the local cuisine. And inside what we store is the preserved vegetables that Sichuan people enjoy so much. They are made with special water and special salt of the local area to give a unique flavor. Hi sir! Could we take a look at the food preserved inside?

Sichuan cuisine often contains food preserved through pickling, salting, and drying. And that explains why vases and jars for preserved foods are a must-have in almost every household in Sichuan.

The Sichuan Cuisine Museum is financially supported by a private fund. Gou De, curator of the museum, shares with us his momentum of establishing a themed museum devoted to Sichuan dishes.

Gou De, curator of Museum of Sichuan Cuisine, said, “It is acknowledged that Sichuan Cuisine enjoys a worldwide fame by both gastronomists and diners. It has a long history and abundant resources. Usually a visit to Sichuan Province is bound to include an exploration of local restaurants. But I think having one dinner or two here won’t provide you the essence of the Sichuan Cuisine and the dining culture it bears. So that’s why this museum has come into being. With concrete exhibits and interactive activities, the museum offers you A to Z knowledge of everything you want to know about Sichuan style food.”

Museums today accentuate the involvement of spectators, and encourage them to be a part of the museum itself. Here in this Sichuan Cuisine Museum, visitors need not only to watch with their eyes, but also to listen with their ears, smell with their noses, and taste with their mouths. In a word, all your senses are mobilized. And all the interactive programs help us develop faster and stronger.

Via:Museum Special: Sichuan Cuisine Museum CCTV News – CNTV English.

‘China fever’ sweeps US tourism industry – People’s Daily Online

‘China fever’ sweeps US tourism industry – People’s Daily Online.

The International Pow Wow 2011, hosted by the U.S. Travel Association, kicked off in San Francisco on May 23. 

More than 5,500 delegates from 70 countries took part in the three-day convention, and China’s contingent to the conference included more than 100 groups. The annual International Pow Wow started in 1969, and the number of “buyers” from China hit an all-time high this year. 

An increasing Chinese presence can be noticed at the biggest international tourism trade fair in the United States. According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the number of Chinese tourists visiting the United States will increase by 232 percent in the next five years. 

An insider in the Chinese tourism industry from Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan Province, said the operators of the U.S. tourism industry believe in “loyal customers” and have a long-term view and a sense of quality. In contrast, Chinese tourism operators seem to be anxious to achieve quick success and get instant benefits, leading them to make missteps, such as overemphasizing free tour fares. 

“There is no free lunch in the world. Some tour groups visiting the United States reduce the tour fare, but they give up many important attractions that require entrance tickets. This will lower the tour quality,” said the insider.

Some people in the U.S. travel industry noted that travel is both an interaction and a kind of study. For example, tipping for services is considered common practice in the United States. The American public will consciously stand in line as long as there are more than three people. In addition, not smoking in public places has become a social convention in the United States. In respect to these issues, the organizers of Chinese tour groups need to make preparations, and Chinese tourists also should be self-disciplined in order to avoid unhappy incidents.

With the expansion of China’s outbound tourism market aimed at the United States, many tourism insiders are looking for more tourist products. “More and more Chinese tourists seek unique experiences during their tour, which is the inevitable trend of the market,” said a Chinese “buyer” at the trade fair.

By Ye Xin, People’s Daily Online

An Urban Walk Along The Cheonggyecheon « The QiRanger Adventures

When I was in Seoul last year I did get to see the Cheonggyecheon but because I was ill and exhausted I didn’t get off the bus like everyone else. I kick myself for it all the time. I plan on visiting when I get to Seoul in the next year.

Until then I am enjoying this great post by The QiRanger.

Great Post : An Urban Walk Along The Cheonggyecheon « The QiRanger Adventures.

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