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Festival’s Resurgence Has Chinese Sending Manna to the Heavens

BEIJING — Somewhere in the next world, the spirit of Zhao Wen’s brother has struck it rich.

On Wednesday night, the eve of the annual “tomb sweeping” festival known as Qingming, Ms. Zhao, 51, set alight wads of fake Chinese renminbi and American dollars in a street just off a major thoroughfare here in the capital. She also burned ceremonial checks, which her brother could deposit in heaven’s bank. In case he got bored with the immortal realm, she had thrown in a passport for easy interdimensional travel.  NYTimes article link


 
 
 
 
Lost in Translation? Try a Google App  NYTimes 2/13/2013
Very interesting article about translating Chinese phrases using Google Apps while traveling.  Link






 
 
February 10 is Chinese New Year's Day.  This is a link to Chinese New Year music:

 
 
 
 
Are you interested in the history of "the Spring and Autumn" period and "the Warring Period"?  This youtube link was recommended to me by a parent.
 
 
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Take a look at this website.  It offers short language lessons for travelers as well as cultural tips.  Link to website