Introduction Dragon Boat Festival or ‘Duanwu Jie’ in Mandarin Chinese (Tuen Ng in Cantonese) has a rich history in China and its origins have long been debated. The most popular and accepted tale is that it was derived to celebrate the life of the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who was loyal to the state […]

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Shanghai’s east bank of the Huangpu, Pudong has risen to become one of the most recognisable skylines on earth since it was declared a ‘Special Economic Zone’ in 1990. China’s answer to Lower Manhattan, it was this side of the city I witnessed rising around me as I attended school there from 2003. From the […]

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China’s new wave of bike sharing companies, with their brightly coloured bicycles and ‘dockless’ operating models have flooded Chinese streets in the past 12 months. But theft, vandalism, freeloaders (who’d have guessed) and parking problems have meant that it has been far from plain riding as tech startups battle in a Didi Kuaidi and Uber-style […]

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We all know the feeling, you’re done with exams and the only thought sweeter than that of a long summer of ice-creams and late nights is the fact that you don’t have to study anymore. But we all know it’s not quite that easy with Mandarin. If you don’t keep your Chinese up over summer […]

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Are you looking for a delicious Chinese breakfast that you can make at home? Search no further! Mao is back with this delicious recipe of spring onion pancake and mung bean sweet porridge. What a treat! Ingredients: Spring onion pancake: 250g plain flour, 120ml 100℃ water, 60ml cold water, 4 spring onions, sunflower oil, salt […]

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No matter where we are, whether we are riding buses, watching TV, checking our emails or going to the supermarket, we are constantly having our attention vied for by advertisements. Advertisements are often useful and informative; they can help us discover useful apps or promotional discounts, and yet now and then they are simply bizarre […]

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I was invited to speak last week at the ‘International Conference on Internet and Teaching Chinese as a Second Language’, hosted by Leeds University East Asian Studies and the Business Confucius Institute in the UK. The conference was attended by around 60 Chinese teaching professionals from all over the world and I was fortunate enough […]

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For those of you who have visited China, you may have heard of the approaching Tomb Sweeping Festival, which is celebrated on the fourth of April. But have you ever wondered, why is it listed as a public holiday in China? How significant is this? Furthermore, Tomb Sweeping Festival and the Cold Food Festival are […]

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In China, for many years, travelling abroad was not a feasible option for ordinary Chinese people; it was a luxury that was reserved for only a select few who a) could afford it and b) had permission from the Chinese government. However, nowadays, Chinese holidaymakers form a significant percentage of international tourists; the European and […]

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Mao’s back with another of her delicious recipes, this time the delightful ‘Glutinous Rice Shaomai’. Traditional Cantonese Shaomai would usually be stuffed with meat and seafood, but Mao’s recipe today is made with glutinous rice. Delicious! Ingredients: 300g glutinous rice, 2 spring onions, 1 carrot, 4 shiitake mushrooms, light soy sauce, salt, caster sugar. Here’s […]

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