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F.W. Chop!

F.W. Craft Corner Chop

 

 

 

 

We're back from China, but it was such a great trip I can't stop thinking about it! One of the things that I really liked there were Chinese seals, also known as chops. Chops are blocks that have a name or symbol carved into them and can be used to stamp documents. Chops have been used in China for thousands of years as official signatures. Originally, chops were used just by the Emperor to sign official documents, but over time other officials started using it, and now anyone can have their own chop!

 

 

 

 

 

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Jade Buddhas and Red Lanterns

We spent our last day in China visiting the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai. ISmoke filled courtyard of Jade Buddha Temple haven't been there in many years, in fact not since before the original temple was destroyed in the 1900's (it was rebuilt in 1928), yet just stepping into the main courtyard was like stepping back in time for me.

 

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My Favorite Plant to Drink!

Keby pours tea

 

 

Have you heard the legend of how tea drinking was discovered? Supposedly a few leaves from a tea plant fell into a Chinese emperor's pot of boiling water, and he decided to give it a taste. Who knows if that is actually true, but it shows that there is a long history of drinking tea in China and when we visited I couldn’t wait to learn more about it. Oh, and in Chinese the word for tea is “cha.”

 

What I really wanted to do when we were in China was attend a tea ceremony. You can drink tea just about anywhere, but I wanted to learn about each tea and really appreciate it. Luckily, in Shanghai we found a great one that was well worth it!

 

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Funny Signs 3 - Loss of Beauty

 

Safety sign in China

 

 

 

 

Safety sign in China.

 

 

 

 

No scratching the walls sign in China

 

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Writing Chinese w/ Kiweenie Lao Shi

 

 

Kiweenie writing Chinese Title

 

Ni Hao class (do you remember what that means?). Kiweenie Lao Shi here again with part two of my lesson about the Chinese language. We learned how to say a few helpful phrases in our last class and I hope you've been practicing them. We've been using them a lot here in China! As you've been touring Beijing with us you've probably noticed that the spoken language is not the only part of Chinese that is very different from English.

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A Sunday in the Park

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F.W. Plays Music in Jinshan Park

 

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The Art of the Forbidden City

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Gang runs across forbidden bridge

 

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Speaking Chinese w/ Kiweenie Lao Shi

Kiweenie Chinese Title

Lesson 1

Ni hao class! It's me Kiweenie Lao Shi (teacher Kiweenie). Since we've been in China I've been really interested in the Chinese language. I've even begun picking up a few words and phrases. Because you’re traveling through China with us I thought it would be important for you to learn a few words of Chinese too. Don’t worry, I’ll go easy on you because the Chinese language is very difficult!

 

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A Tasty Tour of the Night Market (video)

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Great Wall Photo Album

The Great Wall

 

 

The Steep Steps Great Wall

 

 

 

 

Ramse, F.W. & Moo-Cow Climb Great Wall

 

Great Wall through tree branches.

 

 

 

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