南 {DRI} 京

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A man yawns as he makes red lanterns with other workers for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a workshop in Yaxi village, in Xianju county in east China’s Zhejiang province.

A man yawns as he makes red lanterns with other workers for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a workshop in Yaxi village, in Xianju county in east China’s Zhejiang province.

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Singles’ Day (光棍节)

Apparently there’s a special Chinese holiday each year on 11/11 called Singles’ Day (光棍节).

What caught my interest was that it not only originated at various universities in Nanjing back in the 90s, but also is just an excuse to eat sinfully delicious fried foods, just for the symbolism.

For breakfast on Singles’ Day, singles often eat four youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks) representing the four “ones” in “11.11” and one baozi (steamed stuffed bun) representing the middle dot.

So I hope y’all stay extra single or find that special someone. 

(Or just eat lots of 油条 and 包子, because in my personal opinion, delightful food trumps all romantic situations.)

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Email Exchanges

Me:
大家好! 还记得我吧? :) 这些天我很思念南京!学期刚开始,已经非常忙,着急毕业以后会作什么. 我继续学中文,不要丢了我的汉语知识。不过认为我的中文水平不太高!挺可惜了!哈哈.你们怎么样?南京怎么样? 新的老外呢?
马宇捷, 你还读英文故事吗?我希望这样吧.
孔阿姨:
hi,Andri:很高兴收到你的邮件!你的中文不错啊,不过要经常练习,时间长不用就会忘记的。新老外是9月4号来的,这学期没有女孩了,是个男生,不过很文静的,和你在同一个学校,他认识你和Tessa :) 马宇捷还在读英文故事,那一本很厚的书这几天就读完了,她这学期在学校的英文课成绩也很好, 多谢你们这些homestay 的学生啦! I have booked my family's trip to Australia from Jan 21 to 31(during the spring festival holiday),no agent,I hope my daughter could practice her English well during this trip :)

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I love when friends post China pics 4 months later. It doesn’t help the nostalgia die down at all, but I smiled. Like a lot.

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tea-and-skeletons:

Buildings like this dot the growing urban landscape in China. Developers have coined a term for them - nail houses - because they stand out like nails stuck in wood that cannot be pounded down.

Although they are not the only examples in Chongqing (see 8th image), the best known hold-outs may be a couple whose house (2nd image) eventually stood on a plateau as a construction company excavated several stories into the ground for a shopping mall.

Rather than vacate like the 280 other households, the owners hung a banner that read “Citizens legal private property will not be infringed upon,” and took to the courts. A 3-year mediation resulted in compensation that was less than they had hoped for, a similar-sized apartment downtown, and the demolition in 2007 of the house that had been in their family for generations.

The owner of a house in Chaoyang District, Beijing (7th image), did not accept the offer that his 229 neighbors took 8 years ago, and is now in the position of pleading with authorities to compensate him so that he can evacuate from the middle of traffic, which bottlenecks from 8 lanes to 2 at his property.

The owner of the last building at a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province (5th image) also wants more adequate compensation. Buildings with outside walls showing that they were once connected to others (4th and 9th images) now stand alone in a new shopping district in Changsha, Hunan Province.

A house owned by a “strong old woman” who runs a sugar cane distribution business out of the kitchen (6th image) sits on a corner in Shanghai surrounded by a high-rise complex. Another (3rd image) still stands solitary on a flattened plot as skyscrapers loom on Beijing’s horizon.

Although it sat alone on a razed 63,000 sq. meter plot in central Shanghai, one remarkable house (1st image) escaped demolition by virtue of being historical. It had been built in the 1920s by 2 brothers who kept tigers, snakes, and anteaters in the garden; crocodiles in the pond; and 10 horses in the stable. The building became offices for a middle school, received its historic designation in the 1990s, and was slated in 2009 to be moved 53M on rails so it could remain standing.

(via tragik)