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After lunch and dinner at some local restaurants we were treated to a Kungfu Show. It was packed with 99.9 % foreigners but it was a great show with a lot of history on Kungfu and the Shaolin Temple. Shaolin is the birthplace of Kungfu and at one time was a guarded secret. In fact, when Bruce Lee was teaching Kungfu to foreigners, he received a lot of backlash from the Chinese ...
... are primarily here to make good friends, learn about another culture, and speak Chinese. I have found that learning something so different, that it not only changes you, it increases your understanding and character. It doesn't take away for your core, it adds another level.
Tomorrow at 8:30 am we will head out with our Chinese partners for an ancient street here in Zhoucun to shop and sightsee.
... are way below U.S. universities standards. Most Chinese would prefer to attend almost any U.S. university over a Chinese University (except if you are going to study Chinese or some other specialized major). Tsinghua University in Beijing is considered the best in China. Beijing Normal University, which is the Univ. of Oklahoma's sister school, is ranked in the top 5-15, depending on which poll ...
... The Coke, Sprite, and Tea (Famous brand-Jia Duo Bao) were actually ice cold, a rarity in China.
It is interesting that the rice came last! To the Chinese, rice is like the bread on the table, and if you eat a lot of the rice and not the food, you are being rude. It would be like being served a steak and potato dinner and only eating the rolls. Usually the rice will be served after the soup and at the beginning of a meal. Note: One ...
Today was a big day with a lot to do and see. The kids did not have Chinese class today. Instead, they visited the Cultural Center here on Shandong University campus.
After a brief introduction to Confucius and Chinese culture, we were taken in groups to different rooms on the 24th floor. Each room had different activities that taught us more about the culture. The first station was the tea ceremony. The ...