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Xiuning Local Coverage

Visit the following pages to see the photos of the Yale-China / YASC Cultural Exchange that Xiuzhong (high school) and No. 2 Primary School have posted on their website! http://61.191.66.139/shownews.asp?newsid=703 http://61.191.66.139/shownews.asp?newsid=706 http://www.hy2x.cn/readnews.asp?newsid=1181 http://www.hy2x.cn/readnews.asp?newsid=1182

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A Little Bit of Chinese— Chéngyǔ 成语

Similar to idioms, chéngyǔ (成语) are set, typically four character Chinese phrases. They are used frequently and often* have ties to Chinese history or ancient literature. Learning chéngyǔ is a great way to get exposed to Chinese culture and is … Continue reading

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Meet Frank…

Name: Frank 刘和兴 Age: 17 Major: Science Students in Class 5: 61 Students in Gao 2: about 700 Hometown: Xiuning, Anhui Province What does your father do for a living? He chauffeurs for a brewery company (休宁啤酒厂—迎客松) in Xiuning. What … Continue reading

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Thank you for your second-hand smoke (谢谢你的二手烟)

During my time in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), I have noticed that “禁止吸烟” – or “No Smoking” – signs are at their best a polite suggestion, more often a pesky requirement posted simply as routine and mechanical procedure – … Continue reading

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A Taste of Hong Kong

Even if you’re only in Hong Kong for short time, you’ll have time to eat. And, with 11,000 restaurants in Hong Kong’s 426 square miles, you won’t have to go far to do so. Harder though, can be choosing a … Continue reading

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“Robin Hood” Comes to Xiuzhong!

Xiuzhong had its 4th annual English musical this past weekend at the Haiyang Theater, a traditional Huizhou Opera (徽剧) house with wooden pillars and balconies surrounding the main seating area; the theater is rather small, compared to a Broadway theater, … Continue reading

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Traveling in Hangzhou

Hangzhou is conveniently only a 2.5-hour bus ride from Xiuning. While it is crowded with international travelers and Chinese tourists alike, Hangzhou is still a fun getaway destination for the Xiuning fellows. Last week, Doug and I went to Hangzhou … Continue reading

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Hiking in Hong Kong–A Trip to Mui Wo

Before moving to Hong Kong, I was looking forward to many things in addition to teaching. One was the city itself—my first association with Hong Kong had always been its amazing skyline (see picture below). I was also looking forward … Continue reading

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Ban Competitions

You think the rivalry between Pierson and Davenport gets a little out of hand? You haven’t met the students in China yet. Before I continue, let me briefly explain how the student body is structured in Chinese high schools. When … Continue reading

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Ultimate Frisbee at Xiuzhong

Xiuzhong students are experts at how to play four sports: basketball, ping-pong, badminton, and basic track events. When one teaches them a new sport, it is crucial to keep this in mind! Two weeks ago, I taught my classes Ultimate … Continue reading

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