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What are the benefits of Tibetan Singing Bowls?

The sounds of Tibetan singing bowls have many benefits.

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What are the benefits of drinking green tea?

The Chinese have been drinking green tea for thousands of years.  There are many health benefits assocciated with drinking green tea as follows.

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An overview of Chinese Medicine

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The core concepts of traditional Chinese medicine can be found in Chinese philosophy, with Wu Xing and the concept of yin and yang as the primary foundations of both diagnosis and treatment practices. The basic perception of the body in Chinese medicine is that it is a whole, but with separate parts. The parts are designed to work together in harmony, by balancing their naturally opposing concepts against one another. Each part not only serves a physical function, but is also important to mental processes.

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What is the use of an Air Purifier?

What is the use of an Air Purifier?

Have you ever wondered what is the use of an air purifier? Whether you are healthy, sick, young, or old, everyone can benefit from an air purifier. Allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, and the spread of viruses can all be related to indoor air pollution. Every home contains these environmental toxins, even ones that are often cleaned thoroughly.

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What does the Chinese Foo Dog represent?

What does the foo dog represent?

Chinese Foo Dogs, also called fu dogs or beijing lions are traditional Chinese guardians. Foo Dogs represent powerful mystic guardians that protected a family’s wealth and social status in ancient times. Fu Dogs were always put in front of important places such as temples and government buildings.

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What does shi shi mean in Chinese?

Many of my friends ask me, what does shi shi mean in Chinese?

The simple answer is that it means ‘thank you’ or ‘thanks’ in Chinese.

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How to memorize Chinese characters

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How to memorize Chinese characters

Many beginners mistakenly believe that they need to learn how to memorize Chinese characters in order to learn Chinese.  In my opinion you do not need to learn how to memorize Chinese characters in order to learn Chinese.  My advice is to use Flash cards!

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How to make life more comfortable in China

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VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.  A VPN is basically some software that you can download to make your computer think you’re in another country.   Download the VPN software, select your overseas location and voila you’re browsing your favorite sites like Google, Facebook and Youtube – which are all blocked in China.  While China has cracked down on VPNs recently there are still plenty that work such as Express VPN.

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24 Hours in Shanghai? Here’s where to go!

1.  Walk along the Bund

Probably the starting point for any trip in Shanghai.   A walk along the Bund provides a cool breeze with views of the ultra modern Pudong Skyline on one side and the colonial era French concession on the other.  The Bund seems surprisingly endless.  I managed to walk for 30 minutes before deciding to head back in the opposite direction.

Directions: Take metro line 10 or metro line 2 to Nanjing Dong Zhan (南京东路站 ) then walk 5 minutes to the Bund.

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How to be a better ESL teacher

My university classes typically have 60-90 students in a class.  So with that in mind here are my tips on how to be a better ESL teacher.

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