Qingxi Town Guide

History The most beautiful legend from Qingxi, which means clear stream, is about its fascinating environment. In ancient times, deer belonging to the god of longevity happened down to Earth.

Shipai Town Guide

History Shipai is known as “Red Stone Town” because of its Yanling Ancient Quarry, a provincial cultural heritage site in Yanwo Village. The quarry, rich with red sand stone, was

Model Mandarin: June 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. In Chinese, when we talk about nouns. They should be preceded by a special measure word. There are

Model Mandarin: May 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. It’s May now, and summer is coming. Mentioning summer, the first thing you might think about is probably

Gaobu

HISTORY At the end of the Ming Dynasty—that was more than 300 years ago—there was a beach on which local fishermen commonly dried their nets. In their dialect, a fishing

Model Mandarin April 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. While learning Mandarin, pay special attention to the retroflex finals. That’s the “r” sound at the end of

Dalang Town Guide

HISTORY Dalang was first spotted on the map as a central part of a county more than 1,600 years ago. It had been a political, economic and cultural center for

Model Mandarin March 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. Often non-native Chinese speakers can be overheard around retail closing hours asking, “shāngdiàn guānmén le ma.” While it

Dongkeng Town Guide

HISTORY Dongkeng Town was originally a village founded by the Lu family from Nanxiong (in Shaoguan City today) back in the Southern Song Dynasty. Since the village resided to the

Model Mandarin: February 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. Throughout China, there are plenty of regional variants of Chinese New Year customs. In some, it is considered