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This Wednesday at 5pm, Chinese academy organized an interesting activity to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival, Duānwǔ Jié, Double Fifth, Tuen Ng Jit) is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). The festival occurs on the fifth day of the […]

I like the still and quiet. I enjoy being left to my own thoughts for a time. I even like trekking somewhere new by myself and having a pioneer-hero feeling send shivers up my spine. But, for me, these special moments never seem to last too long before I begin wishing there was someone at […]

Last Saturday, students in Chinese academy went to XingPing cruising. XingPing, 25 kilometers northeast of YangShuo, is located on the eastern bank of Li River. It is the one of the most beautiful ancient towns along the river. With a history of more than 1300 years, the historical and cultural relics in the town remain […]

Last week, Omeida Chinese Academy organized a student activity for dumpling making. In Chinese culture, dumpling (jiaozi) is a traditional food. Chinese people are very associate with it. There are several key words related to dumplings in my mind: wealth, family union, festivals (happiness and celebration), and delicacy. Dumpling is a broad classification for a […]

As one of China’s high speed trains winds through the southern countryside, passengers begin to roll up the window curtains and turn their heads. Sharp, ancient-looking mountains, veiled in fog, rise taller and taller, breaking up the surrounding farmland. As the train chugs to a halt, an ominous feeling creeps over the wide-eyed passengers. At […]

The third day of the third month of thelunar calendar is called “San yue san Folk Song Festival” 三(sān)月(yuè)三(sān)民(mín)歌(gē)节(jié)in Guangxi广(guǎng)西(xī) province. Guangxi people have four days’ holiday including weekends to celebrate this festival. Culture Class: San Yue San Twelve is the teacher wearing the Omeida T-shirt. Guess what he was doing? He was introducing a […]

During Qingming festival 清(qīng)明(míng)节(jié)people fly kites to honor their ancestors. Once they are flying high in the sky the tradition is to cut them free. It is said this can bring good luck, and good health. History of Kite It is thought that the invention of the kite dates back to the 5th-century BC, first […]

What is the Tea Culture Class?   This is our Tea Culture Class. This class is taught by Mr. Huang who is the boss of Guo Fu Tea House. He is telling students how people make different kinds of tea.   Do you know what are they doing? They are smelling the tea leaves to […]

Do you know what Qingming Festival is? Or what Chinese people do during this traditional festival? This month our Culture Class learnt about the Festival. Vivian, the teacher of the Culture Class is pictured above. Students were listening carefully. What is Qingming Festival? The Qingming 清(qīng) 明(míng) or Ching Ming festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English (sometimes also […]

Chinese Food– Class Dinner What is Class Dinner? Every month, we have a class dinner. In March, Spring was nearing closer. It was time for a class gathering.  Twenty one people, including teachers and students, gathered together to have a big meal at Chunji Restaurant (椿(chūn) 记(jì) 烧(shāo) 鹅(é)). Every dish was delicious – a […]