Harbin 2016: World’s most stunning winter festival now underway

(CNN)Looking for inspiration to liven up your snow fort-building sessions with the kids?

 

The legendary Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival, famous for its spectacular sculptures and giant replicas, is now officially underway in northern China.

 

The annual event, now in its 32nd year, is made up of several themed zones including a sculpture art expo and a lantern fair.

The main attraction is the Harbin Ice and Snow World, which covers more than 750,000 square meters. Its magnificent structures required more than 330,000 cubic meters of ice and snow to create, according to a report in Chinese media.

This year’s theme is “Pearl on the Crown of Ice & Snow.”

 

Stunning as the works are in all their white glory, the best time to go is at night, when when the sculptures are lit from the inside.

China’s “Ice City”

Enjoying that icy beauty doesn’t come warmly.

The capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Harbin is a bitingly cold city with January daytime temperatures ranging from minus 13 to minus 23 Celsius.

Due to Harbin’s close proximity to Russia, its northern neighbor’s influence permeates everything from architecture to food.

Since 1985, the Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival has grown to become one of the biggest snow festival destinations in the world, joining the ranks of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Canada’s Quebec Winter Carnival and Norway’s Holmenkollen Ski Festival.

Depending on weather conditions, the festival usually lasts until late February.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/05/travel/harbin-ice-festival/index.html

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I Reshot Old Photos Of China To Show How It Changed In 100 Years

When most people travel, they think of travelling in space. Whether it’s hiking through a national park or learning about a distant culture, it’s usually about the destination. This time, I decided to travel in time. Here are some scenes from China as they looked over the past hundred years. The old pictures were pulled from various books and websites. I then re-took each of them, matching the angle and focal length as closely as possible.

It’s interesting to see what humans are able to change and what humans are utterly incapable of changing. On one hand, a city may rise out of nowhere in just a matter of a decade or two, showing how powerful China’s economy has become, and how advanced engineering has enabled us to build so rapidly. At the same time, the profile of the mountains and rivers don’t budge, a constant reminder that we are still powerless compared to Mother Nature.

Lanzhou (1930; 2016)

 

Historically, it was not common for Chinese cities to be built on the coast. Shanghai, however, in the past 100 years grew from a mere fishing village to the largest city in the world (old picture by unknown; new picture – D. Venkatraman)

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/100-years-of-time-travelling-in-china-dheera-venkatraman/

English T-Shirts In Asia (20+ Pics)

One of the great things about the world we live in is the rich and diverse variety of languages that you can find across the globe. The only problem is that, as you can see from these pictures, sometimes these languages don’t quite translate…

In homage to hilarious translation fails, Bored Panda has compiled this list of t-shirts from East Asia that don’t quite say what they should (“Texas state it’s a triangle OMG so hipster triangle”, for example). Some of them don’t say anything at all (well, not unless “temmby woroing terrislylastly” means anything to anyone?). But while all of them may have failed as far as translation is concerned, they have all definitely succeeded in making us laugh. Hard.

Seen any brilliant t-shirt translations that we might have missed? Then add to them to the list below and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-english-translations-t-shirt-fail-asia-broken-engrish/

Chinese Olympic swimmer’s adorable reactions are deserving of their own meme

Fu Yuanhui pulls one of her many faces on the medal podium at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

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Fu Yuanhui is clearly having the time of her life at the Rio Olympics.

During Sunday’s semi-finals of the women’s 100m backstroke, the 20-year-old Chinese swimmer found out during a poolside interview that she made it to the finals and clocked a personal best.

With unmasked delight, she says to the reporter: “I was so fast! I’m very satisfied!”

Later she talks a little about how much work she’s put in to make it to the Olympics: “There were times when I felt like it was better to be dead than to live.”

Then on Monday night, after swimming in the finals, she got news of her bronze medal win from the same reporter. Fu had thought she didn’t win anything, saying: “Even though I did not win a medal…” but is interrupted by the interviewer who informs her she got the bronze.

 

She’s stunned for a few moments, before recovering. “That’s not bad at all!” she says, cheerily.

Her wide-eyed reaction has started going viral both in China and abroad, where Fu has won a new legion of fans.

 

 

People on Weibo are drawing cartoons of her and posting images imitating her facial expressions:

“I’m very pleased!”

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“I was so fast!”

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“I don’t have any expectations for tomorrow because I’m so happy today!”

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“Hahahahahaha”

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Fu’s surprise

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/10/fu-yuanhui-dorky-reactions/

Baby Panda Kindergarten is the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

Brace yourself for cuteness overload.

Fifteen baby pandas are the newest members of panda “kindergarten” at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. At the weekend, the center held an opening ceremony for the 2016 class of cubs, which includes six sets of twins.

The pandas were bred earlier this year via artificial insemination and are “graduating” from the breeding center now that they’re bigger.

The Chengdu center breeds and rears giant pandas to increase population quantity and quality, and has successfully bred 172 newborn giant pandas over the last 20 years. 

Giant pandas are an endangered species, and less than 1,900 currently live in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. 

Scroll down to check out more adorable baby panda pictures from the ceremony:

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Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/10/26/baby-giant-panda-kindergarten_n_8392836.html

22+ Reasons Why You Should Visit China

The Chinese civilization is one of the oldest in the world, and these photos will prove it is also one of the most beautiful.

If it’s your first time visiting China, then Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian are a must-see. The famous Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace are found in Beijing; Shanghai is a world-renowned metropolis with a stunning skyline; and Xian, on the Yellow River, is home to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

Have you ever been to China? Post your photos, of vote on your favorite submissions below!

 

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/amazing-places-china/

The Worlds Best Job: This Woman Hugs Pandas And Is Paid $32,000

How would you like to get 32,000 USD for taking care of pandas all day? It sounds too good to be true, but panda caretaker is a real job in China, at the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center.

“Your work has only one mission,” reports China Daily. “Spending 365 days with the pandas and sharing in their joys and sorrows. You need perseverance for this job. We expect that the applicants will be mainly white-collar workers from big cities. They are used to eating whatever they want, but inside the giant panda base, the choices will not be plentiful.”

 

Watch pandas getting some love below:

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/hugger-panda-nanny-best-job-protection-research-center/

Panda Babies Sleeping In Baskets Make Their First Public Appearance At Chinese Panda Breeding Center

These baby pandas are a cause to celebrate! Ten pandas were born this year at the Ya’an Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding Center, and this past Friday, they made their debut public appearance. The pandas range in age from two weeks to two months old. The deputy minister of Animal Management at the China Conservation and Research Centre, Luo Bo, reports that there has been a healthy boom in the birth of panda cubs, especially the number of twin cubs, this year.

Giant panda births are celebrated because females are able to breed for only 2-3 days a year, and they only give birth to one cub every two years. Around 75% of the world’s giant pandas live in Sichuan province, with the Chengdu Research Base being one of the primary conservation sites. If you’d like to see some of our other posts about baby pandas, click here.

 

Image credits: Li Qiaoqiao / Corbis

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/baby-panda-basket-yaan-debut-appearance-breeding-center-china/

7 Teaching Principles New English Language Teachers Often Forget

1) Reduce Teacher Talk Time In order for your students to learn to speak English, they must practice talking. However, when you’re talking to them, they’re not talking. Consequently, learn to zip your lips! This can be hard to get the hang of but if you want to be a good English teacher, you MUST […]

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Saving Money While Living in China

China is renowned for its personal saving rate, which is the highest in the world. Chinese households save between 34-53% of their income, while Americans save 2%. The main reason for the high savings rate is not cultural, although that is part of it. Chinese people don’t like to carry debt, and often make large […]

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