Cultural Express—Sweet Details of Dating Foreigners

I myself was never in a relationship with any westerner even though I have got friends.However,listening to exotic lovers’ romantic stories can be really a draw,since the cultural distinctions are really delicious additions in them.

When I first met my Chinese girlfriend, she was just the sweetest and kindest human being I had ever encountered. I remember looking at her for the very first time as she glanced back at me through her small black frame glasses. Most of all, I remember how cute she looked walking up and down the university campus in her little furry winter boots. Since then, we have been many things: friends, colleagues and finally couple (not necessary in that order). It´s now been two years since the night we first met at a birthday dinner in Shanghai, but no matter how much time we spend together, she still manages to surprise (and scare) the hell out of me. Don´t get me wrong, I love my Chinese girlfriend. She is my friend, my mother, my hobby and recently also my nine to five.

The best thing about being with a Chinese woman, is that she will make you discover skills, which you never, in your life, thought you could possess. I myself work in the automotive engineering industry and before I began working in this industry, I actually worked a lot with computers and software engineering. So, as you can see, I am a really big fan of technology and never would have guessed that I could end up being a part-time butler.

In the one year that we have been officially together, I can´t seriously remember one day in which she didn´t have at least one little chore for me to fulfill. These tasks go from translating emails, to doing little household chores, to giving her foot massages. My personal favorite task, is when she waits for me to lay down on the bed and tuck myself in, before saying: Honey, you forgot to get “us” some water. It seems, the more intimate we get, the more time I have been investing in my Majordomo career. I am now seriously thinking about buying myself a black tuxedo and changing my name to James.

Don´t you dare misinterpret me! I am not complaining about my Chinese girl. I am simply telling you all the great advantages of having an oriental princess by your side. In this world there is no sweet without the sour and sometimes my relationship with my Chinese girlfriend can get pretty sour. Talking about sour… I hate fruit! I hate it. I know it´s weird, but I don´t eat fruit. I enjoy vegetables, but not fruit! Now here is where the disadvantages of having a China girl comes into play. After my girlfriend found out I didn´t eat any fruit, my refrigerator was always packed with strawberries. And if that wasn´t enough, she would use her sweet little face to convince me to eat 3 strawberries a day! And after she noticed that I always picked the smaller sized ones, she made it her personal priority to pick the strawberries for me. Guess which ones she picked? That, my friends, is what I call Chinese torture! Those Communists really know their trade, don´t they?

Another thing that Chinese women love to do is to make you carry stuff you never needed before! The weather here in northern Germany can get really nasty, I admit. I have lost count of how many times I arrived home soaking wet! Well…ever since my girlfriend moved in, I have forgotten what it is like to feel that refreshing freezing rain dripping all over my head! Every time it begins to pour, I now seem to have a brand new umbrella magically appearing in my bag!

I guess I should stop complaining and close this article by telling you about the number one disadvantage of living with a Chinese girl. The biggest disadvantage of having a Chinese woman in your life has got to be the food! Ever since I moved in with my girl, I haven´t been able to lose any weight! Ever! All those dishes she (sometimes) prepares, have always gotten me craving for more! Not to mention the fact that every time I get sick, she will always serve me some miracle witch soup and the next day I am as good as new! I haven´t been able to call in sick for months!!

source from:http://www.mynewchinesewife.com/what-are-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-having-a-chinese-girlfriend/#more-248

Do Chinese wives think foreign men and Chinese men are different? Of course. Due to cultural differences, there must be many differences between Chinese men and foreign men. In the following article, I ,a Chinese wife, will explain two of them according to my own experience.

It is more common to see a Chinese man complaining about the food his wife has cooked. My dad often complains that this dish is too salty, or that that dish is too spicy, as does my older brother. However, my husband, an American guy, is always pleased with my food even when it is really not good. For example, I made pizza this last week, which I subsequently named “fat pizza,” because the pizza dough was too thick. Not only that, but having never cooked with tomato paste before, I accidentally bought a can of Chef Boyardee’s Beefaroni, and used it as a pizza sauce. You can imagine what my “fat pizza” tasted like with Beefaroni on it—-It was really interesting, to put it politely, but my husband knew I had worked hard and he didn’t want to see me disappointed, so he ate a lot and said it was not bad.

In addition, foreign men can be funny to live with. Compared with others, my husband is a little messy, and he seems to enjoy it. One day, after showering, he was looking for his socks with his shoes in his hand, which he then placed on the bed. Later, when I saw that he had put his shoes on the bed while putting on his socks, I laughed and asked him to put his shoes on the floor and wipe the bed clean. To my surprise, he started hitting the bed with his shoes, all over the sheets trying to make the bed dirtier. He then turned and asked me, “is it clean enough, babe?”. It was so funny that I hunched over with laughter.

Later, I told him that Chinese men would never do what he did if the same thing had happened. Actually, I don’t think Chinese men would have put their shoes on the bed to begin with. However, if it did happen, most Chinese men would either wipe off the bed, or ignore it. My husband then responded, “Chinese men are so boring. How can I make my wife laugh if I just wipe off the bed?”
Chinese men and American men have different attitudes towards both food and cleanliness, American attitudes towards food makes cooking easier for Chinese women. American attitudes towards cleanliness may not always be so nice, but they can also be charming. Some women may like a husband who obeys them all the time, but Chinese wives would probably love it that her husband always tries to make her happy.

source from:http://www.mynewchinesewife.com/do-chinese-wives-think-foreign-men-and-chinese-men-are-different/#more-252

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Cultural Express—Meeting Your Chinese In-laws

Enlightened also by a fascinating passage on http://www.mynewchinesewife.com/.

My friend,Celso,from Brazil has been in a relationship with a Chinese lady for a long while,the time has come to talk about marriage.The meeting with her parents cannot be avoided.He heard from his dear girlfriend that the father-in-law is a good drinker,which means “you’d better be prepared for a whole night’s drinking of Chinese liquors…”and which also resulted in his practice with my boss in the restaurant by the hostel for hours,then a strong headache,a almost dead sleep.Sounds scary???Might be,but there are more for you be confronted with.

“So you have finally found the Chinese girl of your dreams and you are both madly in love with each other. Your Chinese girl can’t stop talking about marriage and you realize that the time has come for you to take the ultimate test. The time has come to meet your Chinese in-laws.

Before you leap into the ring of fire, you might want to make sure you find out as much as you can about the people you are going to meet. The good news is that for better or for worst, they can’t wait to see you. The bad news is that they are bringing the whole family along. Expect to be officially introduced to the family during a formal dinner and be prepared to have all the eyes on you. Being interrogated by your future Chinese family is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some situations that you should watch out for.

Giving your in-laws gifts is a gentle gesture that will be greatly appreciated. Make sure you pick out something presentable and avoid cheap presents. It is better to show up with nothing than to give the wrong gift. Because Chinese people tend to be very superstitious, the wrong gift might mean a range of things, which would go unobserved to the foreign eye. Make sure you never wrap anything in white paper as the color white is China is directly connected with the idea of death. Avoid other controversial gifts like wall clocks, chrysanths and mirrors.

After you make your grand entrance, you will most likely be guided to the table around which the family will gather to celebrate your coming. While at the table, make sure you try a little bit of every dish and remember to compliment the food. Keep in mind that nourishment is very important in China and your new Chinese family will probably not stop feeding you until you say that you beg for mercy! One important thing to keep in mind is that the Chinese are a very nationalist people; therefore you will save yourself a lot of trouble if you avoid talking about Chinese politics in general. If you want to impress your family with your knowledge of their country, then stick to mentioning the places you like in China or your admiration for their culture. Whatever you do, never begin to talk about Taiwan, Japan, Tibet or other sensitive subjects. Chances are that someone will almost always disagree with you and your friendly family dinner might easily turn into a political battle ground.

Drinking large quantities of alcohol is another common habit during special occasions. Chinese people seem to think that most foreigners are big drinkers, so you will often be urged to gambei the evening away with them. If drinking is not your thing, then have at least one round to please baba and then excuse yourself pleading health reasons. When toasting, remember to show your humbleness by keeping your glass lower than everyone else’s. If you smoke, then try to sit next to your father-in-law and offer him a light when he pulls out his box of smokes.

Be aware that what your Chinese in-laws will really be interested in two things: Can you support their daughter and are you a good man. It basically comes down to if you have a steady job, own a property and a car. If you fit this profile, then the winds are in your favor and all you will have to do is make sure they understand how much you love their girl. If you don’t have a secure job, don’t own a property and are driving a bike instead of a car, then you will definitely have to be creative; however not all is lost. Not all Chinese parents are

traditional and they might be willing to give you their blessing if they are convinced of your love for their daughter. Independent of your financial situation, you will win a great deal of points if you remain modest. Modesty is something that most Chinese admire and avoiding boasting about yourself will do wonders for your popularity.

Since convincing your Chinese in-laws that you are a good guy is what´s in the menu, then you better learn how to do it right. The first thing you should keep in mind is that Chinese people express affection much more through actions than through words. This means that you will gain much more points with your in-laws if they see you treating your Chinese girlfriend kindly and with respect than by telling them every five minutes how much you love their daughter. Another important thing that you should know is that the Chinese tend to look after their parents and their partner´s parents as well. Try showing concern for your mother-in-law and make her believe that she will be able to count on you as she grows older.

Family is very important in China and your main task will be to make yourself fit in. As a foreigner, you will always be a little bit of an outcast, but understanding your Chinese wife’s traditions and culture will actually help your new Chinese family understand and accept you. These days, China is full of male foreigners who insist to play with the feelings of innocent Chinese girls. Escape this stereotype by being true to your Chinese girlfriend and keeping honesty on your right hand side. Once you have their trust, they will open a door that will always welcome you in good and bad times alike.”

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So you have finally found the Chinese girl of your dreams and you are both madly in love with each other. Your Chinese girl can’t stop talking about marriage and you realize that the time has come for you to take the ultimate test. The time has come to meet your Chinese in-laws.

Before you leap into the ring of fire, you might want to make sure you find out as much as you can about the people you are going to meet. The good news is that for better or for worst, they can’t wait to see you. The bad news is that they are bringing the whole family along. Expect to be officially introduced to the family during a formal dinner and be prepared to have all the eyes on you. Being interrogated by your future Chinese family is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some situations that you should watch out for.

Giving your in-laws gifts is a gentle gesture that will be greatly appreciated. Make sure you pick out something presentable and avoid cheap presents. It is better to show up with nothing than to give the wrong gift. Because Chinese people tend to be very superstitious, the wrong gift might mean a range of things, which would go unobserved to the foreign eye. Make sure you never wrap anything in white paper as the color white is China is directly connected with the idea of death. Avoid other controversial gifts like wall clocks, chrysanths and mirrors.

After you make your grand entrance, you will most likely be guided to the table around which the family will gather to celebrate your coming. While at the table, make sure you try a little bit of every dish and remember to compliment the food. Keep in mind that nourishment is very important in China and your new Chinese family will probably not stop feeding you until you say that you beg for mercy! One important thing to keep in mind is that the Chinese are a very nationalist people; therefore you will save yourself a lot of trouble if you avoid talking about Chinese politics in general. If you want to impress your family with your knowledge of their country, then stick to mentioning the places you like in China or your admiration for their culture. Whatever you do, never begin to talk about Taiwan, Japan, Tibet or other sensitive subjects. Chances are that someone will almost always disagree with you and your friendly family dinner might easily turn into a political battle ground.

Drinking large quantities of alcohol is another common habit during special occasions. Chinese people seem to think that most foreigners are big drinkers, so you will often be urged to gambei the evening away with them. If drinking is not your thing, then have at least one round to please baba and then excuse yourself pleading health reasons. When toasting, remember to show your humbleness by keeping your glass lower than everyone else’s. If you smoke, then try to sit next to your father-in-law and offer him a light when he pulls out his box of smokes.

Be aware that what your Chinese in-laws will really be interested in two things: Can you support their daughter and are you a good man. It basically comes down to if you have a steady job, own a property and a car. If you fit this profile, then the winds are in your favor and all you will have to do is make sure they understand how much you love their girl. If you don’t have a secure job, don’t own a property and are driving a bike instead of a car, then you will definitely have to be creative; however not all is lost. Not all Chinese parents are

traditional and they might be willing to give you their blessing if they are convinced of your love for their daughter. Independent of your financial situation, you will win a great deal of points if you remain modest. Modesty is something that most Chinese admire and avoiding boasting about yourself will do wonders for your popularity.

Since convincing your Chinese in-laws that you are a good guy is what´s in the menu, then you better learn how to do it right. The first thing you should keep in mind is that Chinese people express affection much more through actions than through words. This means that you will gain much more points with your in-laws if they see you treating your Chinese girlfriend kindly and with respect than by telling them every five minutes how much you love their daughter. Another important thing that you should know is that the Chinese tend to look after their parents and their partner´s parents as well. Try showing concern for your mother-in-law and make her believe that she will be able to count on you as she grows older.

Family is very important in China and your main task will be to make yourself fit in. As a foreigner, you will always be a little bit of an outcast, but understanding your Chinese wife’s traditions and culture will actually help your new Chinese family understand and accept you. These days, China is full of male foreigners who insist to play with the feelings of innocent Chinese girls. Escape this stereotype by being true to your Chinese girlfriend and keeping honesty on your right hand side. Once you have their trust, they will open a door that will always welcome you in good and bad times alike.

source from:

So you have finally found the Chinese girl of your dreams and you are both madly in love with each other. Your Chinese girl can’t stop talking about marriage and you realize that the time has come for you to take the ultimate test. The time has come to meet your Chinese in-laws.

Before you leap into the ring of fire, you might want to make sure you find out as much as you can about the people you are going to meet. The good news is that for better or for worst, they can’t wait to see you. The bad news is that they are bringing the whole family along. Expect to be officially introduced to the family during a formal dinner and be prepared to have all the eyes on you. Being interrogated by your future Chinese family is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some situations that you should watch out for.

Giving your in-laws gifts is a gentle gesture that will be greatly appreciated. Make sure you pick out something presentable and avoid cheap presents. It is better to show up with nothing than to give the wrong gift. Because Chinese people tend to be very superstitious, the wrong gift might mean a range of things, which would go unobserved to the foreign eye. Make sure you never wrap anything in white paper as the color white is China is directly connected with the idea of death. Avoid other controversial gifts like wall clocks, chrysanths and mirrors.

After you make your grand entrance, you will most likely be guided to the table around which the family will gather to celebrate your coming. While at the table, make sure you try a little bit of every dish and remember to compliment the food. Keep in mind that nourishment is very important in China and your new Chinese family will probably not stop feeding you until you say that you beg for mercy! One important thing to keep in mind is that the Chinese are a very nationalist people; therefore you will save yourself a lot of trouble if you avoid talking about Chinese politics in general. If you want to impress your family with your knowledge of their country, then stick to mentioning the places you like in China or your admiration for their culture. Whatever you do, never begin to talk about Taiwan, Japan, Tibet or other sensitive subjects. Chances are that someone will almost always disagree with you and your friendly family dinner might easily turn into a political battle ground.

Drinking large quantities of alcohol is another common habit during special occasions. Chinese people seem to think that most foreigners are big drinkers, so you will often be urged to gambei the evening away with them. If drinking is not your thing, then have at least one round to please baba and then excuse yourself pleading health reasons. When toasting, remember to show your humbleness by keeping your glass lower than everyone else’s. If you smoke, then try to sit next to your father-in-law and offer him a light when he pulls out his box of smokes.

Be aware that what your Chinese in-laws will really be interested in two things: Can you support their daughter and are you a good man. It basically comes down to if you have a steady job, own a property and a car. If you fit this profile, then the winds are in your favor and all you will have to do is make sure they understand how much you love their girl. If you don’t have a secure job, don’t own a property and are driving a bike instead of a car, then you will definitely have to be creative; however not all is lost. Not all Chinese parents are

traditional and they might be willing to give you their blessing if they are convinced of your love for their daughter. Independent of your financial situation, you will win a great deal of points if you remain modest. Modesty is something that most Chinese admire and avoiding boasting about yourself will do wonders for your popularity.

Since convincing your Chinese in-laws that you are a good guy is what´s in the menu, then you better learn how to do it right. The first thing you should keep in mind is that Chinese people express affection much more through actions than through words. This means that you will gain much more points with your in-laws if they see you treating your Chinese girlfriend kindly and with respect than by telling them every five minutes how much you love their daughter. Another important thing that you should know is that the Chinese tend to look after their parents and their partner´s parents as well. Try showing concern for your mother-in-law and make her believe that she will be able to count on you as she grows older.

Family is very important in China and your main task will be to make yourself fit in. As a foreigner, you will always be a little bit of an outcast, but understanding your Chinese wife’s traditions and culture will actually help your new Chinese family understand and accept you. These days, China is full of male foreigners who insist to play with the feelings of innocent Chinese girls. Escape this stereotype by being true to your Chinese girlfriend and keeping honesty on your right hand side. Once you have their trust, they will open a door that will always welcome you in good and bad time alike.

source from:http://www.mynewchinesewife.com/how-can-i-deal-with-my-chinese-in-laws/

Cultural Express—Couple’s T-shirts

Before this week’s blog,I have a question to pose for the western male friends.Will you fancy the idea if one day your Chinese girlfriends advise both of you to put on the couple’s T-shirts?

Well,a blog that cropped up this morning just enlightened me.It seems that we Chinese girls do like to wear couple T-shirts when in a relationship because that means something in common between us displayed publicly and proudly,which is considered a romance and even ranked top of the Most Romantic Things You Want to Do with Your Boyfriend.

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However,when it comes to the westerners,it is never possibly the same.They would argue  about its stupidity and awkwardness brought about on one side and its always faithful and loving significance behind on the other,like…

” However, when I first introduced this idea to my dear English boyfriend, he was absolutely appalled and said: ‘why are they doing that?! That’s ridiculous!’

– I would say that’s something very Chinese, he continued.  I noticed that many Chinese girls would wear T-shirts with cartoon designs. I mean, it’s cute for small girls, but definately not for a grown woman! And for guy as well? No way! That just looks so, so awkward.’

– But it shows people that they love each other and they like to appear to be ONE! I argued.

–  I still love you even if we are not wearing the same shirt. I think your clothes kind of show people your personality, and I like you to be yourself; different from anyone else, with your own personality and thoughts. Those uniform-like couple – shirts are just, well, so stupid! He said.

– Well yes I guess it is a very Chinese thing. I’m not a fan of couple T-shirts myself but I can totally understand the idea behind it. It’s just the Chinese way of love. It’s purer and more subtle. Couples here like to do cute and sweet things together, which in the west are well looked-down upon. You have a word for this—sticky, isn’t it? But in China people who wear couple T-shirts just want to have another thing in common, so that they feel more loved by the one another. What is so stupid about that? I said.”

It is a story on http://www.mynewchinesewife.com/,designated for helping the lovers of different nationalities,especially on side from China,overcome the difficulties along the path of their romance.

Now,what about your answers??

As a Chinese girl,honestly,I would also love to have my western boyfriend do every possibly romantic thing,including couple’s T-shirt.To quote the author again” if you love your Chinese girlfriend, why not give her a couple´s T-shirt? It’s not as ridiculous as you might think. I assure you it’s absolutely normal in China, and your Chinese girl would love your surprise!”

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More Updates about Our Hostel

It has been 2 rounds of Spring,Summer,Autumn,Winter now since the moment I created the blog account,if my memory serves me correctly.Some changes have been made in our hostel.

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This was how the lobby was set,pool table in front of the shelves with many adornings on which was next to the huge TV screen.Sofas beside it were good places for the traveling couch potatos.When you walked down from the sofas,you would be confronted with a tea table where the whole traditional Chinese tea set were put and offered for people to enjoy.

However,you could still spot several differences from the pic except the different staff team.A CAT!!!

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Yes,you are right,a cute kitten,Monkey,has joined us several months,brought a lot fun as well as trouble here.His lifestyle is like a cycle:sleeping–eating–playing–eating–sleeping.

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Besides,our lobby has been totally rearranged.

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What’s more,two 6 superior ensuite dorms were made out to cater for many travelers’ needs.

 

Cultural Express—Festival Traditions of Guanzhong Area

The first 15 years of my life had been spent in hometown located in Eastern China,whose cultures are subtly distinct from that in Shaanxi Province(generally called Guanzhong Area).Therefore,the moment of my setting the foot on this land,I was completely surrounded by a windy weather and rough culture,which made me suffer for a while.

However,when I began to go deep into it,some interesting points came along.

“Rites of Spring Festival in Guanzhong

The traditional bread steaming time is from 27th to 29th of the twelfth month of the lunar year. It is every house’s must work and bread gift should be prepared. There are three kinds of steamed bread as gift, the big-sized one is for daughter-in-law to take back home that in snail-shape with stuffing of oil, flour and shallot mixed together; the smaller one for distance relatives shaped in water chestnut; the last kind for own family in different forms with a red dot on each top as a symbol of auspicious. To follow the custom of “forbid rolling until 15th of the first moon”, all of the breads would eat up after the 15th. 

Daintily, calends should stay at home. Besides, there is another custom in Guanzhong—delivering flour-made doll to the newly married couples as a kind of blessing of procreating.
Dragon Boat Festival.

The lunar May 5th is the Chinese traditional Dragon Boat Festival, also name as “ Day of Five Poison”, “ Moppet Festa”, “May Festa” and “Daughter Day” etc. With regard to its origin, there is no unanimous decipher due to different races and various regions. The widely accepted one is that the day is to cherish the memory of patriotic poet Qu Yuan. According to the records by Wu Jun of Liang Dynasty, during the Spring and Autumn period, Qu Yuan was slandered by others and threw himself to the Mi Luo River to death.

People living in South China made 5th day of the 5th moon an annual event on which day boat races were held, signifying the launching of boats to rescue Qu Yuan. Figures of dragonheads decorated the bows of the boats, which later became known as dragon boats. Eventually the whole event was renamed the annual dragon boat races.

Every year on the 5th day of the 5th moon, the day Qu Yuan disappeared, it was customary for people living in the region near Mi Luo River to make glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves and to throw them into the river to feed the fish. Later they accepted the fact that Qu Yuan’s body must had decomposed in the water after such a long period of time. They stopped throwing glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river. Instead of feeding the fish they consumed the dumplings as desserts. Many generations later they called the dumplings Zong Zi.

Shaanxi Dragon Boat Festival inherits the traditional way of celebration, ancientry abound and full of amusement. Commonly, they start the festival at the end of the lunar April and lasted to the May 5th with the major activity is to donate towards each other instead of large-scaled activity.

More Family Tendency on the New Year’s Eve

With the impact of newly burnt modern culture, people began to examine their life style afresh. People in Xian choose to cast of themselves from the normal busy life temporarily and back to some traditional customs. 

The way back home is never forgotten. Different from other years, people are appealed to back home accompanying children and elders. People from abroad and high-salary work are still able to go home.

The celebration usually held in September that full of people and various kinds of performances would be seen. Large-scale traditional culture display and dance, folk custom, folk percussion instrument performance and so on. Also exhibitions of traditional culture and trade fairs are held nearby.

Qingming Festival

–Yellow Emperor Mausoleum Ancestor Worship

The festival is always held in a somewhat serious atmosphere to show people’s respect to our ancestor. Every year of April, in Huangling County a series of formal ceremonies will be on display here.

As a start, the pointed person would read out the memorial ceremony oration to consecrate the sacrificial offering. Following with the cry bamboo artillery, plants the pine and cypress, pays respects the Yellow Emperor temple.
Mt. Hua International Rock Climbing Competition

During the balmy autumn days of September every year, there would held a competition that draws a lot of attention from people of different age groups. It is a kind of sports rather than a competition; people would like to enjoy the wonderful process instead of the result.

Xi’an City Wall International Marathon
 
Friendly Match

The friendly match is also a sport activity held annually, on the first Sunday of November around the Ancient City Wall. Male, female group 5 kilometers, 10-kilometer matches, half range marathon friendly match.

Xian Terra Cotta Warrior and Horses
 
& Guava Celebration

Lintong, Xian is both the home of Terra Cotta Warrior and Horses and the producing area of the famous guava. When the pleasure autumn comes, the hot tourist time also arrives; the attractive bright-red guavas have drawn much attention. Local people make best use of the sources of the Terracotta Warrior and Horses and guavas together, which will fulfill the spirit and material enjoyment. The celebration begins in the year 1991, in the mid-September that lasted for a whole week. The main activities include visiting the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Huaqing Hot Spring, looking around Guava Garden and tasting delicious guavas etc”

I wish one day I could have the chance to enjoy delicious guavas while appreciating the famous Warriors.

 

Cultural Express—Shaanxi Ten Wonders

Maybe because I was born in warmhouse and bred in gold palace,too much hard and flat a pillow would definitely make me sleepless the whole night.However,one of my roommates now sleeps like a baby every day even though that is a bumpy pillow with some dried barley filled inside.She is 100% of Shaanxi descent.Her comparatively dark complexion and a bit rough character are the proof that she was brought up in the “Sanqin” Area(三秦地区).

How could she bear that?

“The ballad is the following: the ‘SanQin’(Shaanxi province)people, the clodhoppers, prefer stones to pillows. The stones are ice-cold and stable which can not be exchanged with gold for its use of refreshing.

The people in Shaanxi prefer wooden or stone pillows to soft pillows, which is related to the honest and straightforward character of Shaanxi people.

In Shaanxi, when it is too hot to bear in summer, the clodhoppers prefer to pillow a brick or stone to sleep soundly at night. What’s more, Shaanxi people call it ‘Jin Bu huan’(a priceless thing which cann’t be exchanged with gold). One can well perceive that Shaanxi people are attached to the wooden and stone pillows as well as crazy about them.

The penman find that most of the Shaanxi people’s hindbrains are flat through careful textual research. Therefore, the penman doubt that whether the flat hindbrains have something with the ancestors’ habit, pillowing bricks to sleep.

As it was too hot in summer, my family members were willing to enjoy the cool in the open air in my childhood. Sometimes, we even slept outside. Laying on a mat with head on the ice-cold stone, I listened to my grandpa telling the tale as if I was the protagonist without a moment when I was awake, the star were shining in the sky like naughty kids and the dew damped the quilt corners.”

source from:http://en.folkw.com/info_view.asp?id=133

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