Saturday, December 22, 2007

Chinese plays tennis too and there are Chinese tennis champions and Chinese tennis equipment manufacturers as well

Tennis sports

There are actually two tennis sports - the tennis played with large, stringed tennis racquets played on large open courts, and table tennis played on tables with small wooden tennis bats and tiny table tennis balls. The Chinese excel at the later, having won many world table tennis tournaments, but only slowly making headway in open court tennis. The tennis sport we are referring to in this post is the first one, a game played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players (doubles) on a large open court, Tennis players use a stringed racquet to whack a hollow felt covered rubber ball into the opponent's court.

There are more than one version of tennis, the original lawn tennis is played on a large rectangular, flat grass covered surface, and other tennis are played on clay, or a hard court of concrete or asphalt.

Grass courts are used at Wimbledon, the premier tennis tournament. Grass is a fast surface used at three of the Grand Slam tournaments. Other major tournaments include the four Grand Slam tournaments: Australian Open, French Open and the U.S. Open. However, the Australian Open and the U.S. Open has changed to hard courts. Grass courts can cause unpredictable ball bounces which depend on the how worn out the grass may be. The speed of grass courts may be dependent on the number of matches played on a court, and how recently it has been mown, etc. Tennis is now once again an Olympic sport.

Clay courts are considered "slow" as the loose surface causes the ball to lose speed rapidly. While hard courts are generally considered to be faster than clay courts, actually there are many different types of hard courts, and they can be slow or fast.

Professional players wear different tennis shoes for the different surfaces. Grass-court shoes have to be designed to grip the more slippery grass surface and prevent sliding. Clay court, on the other hand, sliding is in fact an accepted and part of techniques for playing tennis.

Chinese tennis champions, equipment manufacturers and tennis associations

Tennis have been perceived as a mainly Caucasian sport, and dominated by them because of larger physique, but there are many Chinese who loves the sport too and there are some Chinese champions like Jie Zheng who was named “Promoter of gender equality” by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, during the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament in Beijing. Then there is the former French Open champion Michael Chang, whose winning championship match I witnessed on television. And let us not forget Athens Olympic women's doubles tennis champion Sun Tiantian who paired with Li Ting, won the first Olympic gold for China's tennis in Athens by beating Conchita Martinez and Virginia Ruano Pascual from Spain 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

There are also many Chinese tennis racquets manufacturers too as you can see from

There is also the Washington Area Chinese Tennis Association (WACTA) which have organized and are organizing many tournaments. Then there is GCCTA (Greater Chicago Chinese Tennis Association) which is a non-profit organization for amateur Chinese tennis players living in the Greater Chicago land area.

So forget about the notion that tennis is only for Caucasians. Chinese have a part too in the sport.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Chinese are human too. They need to keep cool

Chinese are human too, made of flesh and blood, mortal too. No, although the Chinese civilization had long history and some attempts had been made to find that elusive "elixir for eternal life", those attempts had eluded the Chinese. Thus Chinese have needs just like any other human.

One of those needs are to keep cool, to live in comfortable and pleasant looking surroundings and also to have lights so Chinese do not need to grope around in the dark at night. These needs can be made by installation of fans, especially decorative fans perhaps combined with lights as well.

There are lots of ways of shopping for fans, and for a ZERO WASTE fan (this fan refers to an enthusiast, a follower of some idol or philosophy, not those things that helps keep you cool), I would suggest some comparison shopping. Not the old fashion drive from one bricks and mortar shop to another to seek the fan that suit your taste and budget, but online comparison shopping via the environmentally friendly Internet so that you can do the comparison shopping from the comfort of your home without having to step out of the house, without having to burn up precious (and increasing expensive) fossil fuel plus contribute to the emission of green house gases and making the environmental problem of the century - global warming gets from worst to "worstest" (if there is such a word).

One way is via online merchant like ceiling fans. is an online merchant from which you can so online window shopping of thousands of unique ceiling fans and ceiling fan accessories from many popular ceiling fan manufacturers like Casablanca, Craftmade, Ellington, Fanimation, Hunter Fan Company, Luceplan, Matthews Fans, Minka Aire, Modern Fan Company, Monte Carlo, NuTone, Quorum and Westinghouse. That sure is potentially a finger abusing online window shopping, but at least you save yourself from being dragged from shops to shops by your wife (assuming you are a husband and apologies to the wives) and avoid tired feet.

You can search using their search box, shop by ceiling fan brand or by ceiling fan style, check for special offers, etc. Brand conscious like my children. Then go for sites like Casablanca ceiling fans. Prefer another brand? Try Ellington ceiling fans. There are others. Go check for yourself.

Prefer hand made stuff? Then go for craftmade ceiling fans. Whatever, here is wishing you a comfortable, environmentally friendly, probably budget friendly and of course tired feet saving comparison shopping.



Saturday, November 17, 2007

Gold Coast Chinese connections and Gold Coast attractions

The Chinese connections with Australia started with the gold rush in the 1800's. Most of them were not very well treated. See

When the gold discoveries began to dwindle, many Chinese returned to their homeland, but a few chose to stay, run businesses, marry and settle permanently in Australia.

Chinese are now much better treated now, and in fact, probably flourishing in Australia. Some started businesses like providing Shiatsu or the Traditional Chinese Massage and Bodywork in the Gold Coast, Queensland. See

Many started Chinese restaurants and you can see a long list of Chinese restaurants in the Gold Coast at

Tourism in the Gold Coast is big business and more and more Chinese tourists are heading to the Gold Coast. Very recently, a Chinese film crew arrived at the Gold Coast to film two Chinese travel documentaries and were warmly welcomed by the Tourism Minister, Margaret Keech. According to Mrs. Keech, China is now the Gold Coast's third largest source of international tourist arrivals and represents more than 10 per cent of all visitors to the coast.

Early this year, Mrs Keech welcomed another big contingent, up to 6000 of Chinese Amway delegates for a conference in the Gold Coast. This was the largest group of people from a single country to visit the Gold Coast at one time, said Mrs. Keech.

All this is no big surprise, for there is much to offer in the Gold Coast. To me, the greatest attraction of the Gold Coast is the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system made up of approximately 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometres. It is, to me, a great natural wonder. My only hope is that us human do not destroy it through our activities by the time I get a chance to visit it. Then there are the wonderful beach fronts and sea sports.

But the Gold Coast is not only about reefs, scuba diving, sea sports, etc. What are your interests? Action and adventure, arts and cultural stuff, fine dining, shopping, touring, fringe activities, animals, wildlife and nature, sport and recreation, theme parks and attractions, relaxation, nightlife and entertainment? The Gold Coast have them all.

Superbike enthusiast? How about a Harley Davidson tour along winding mountain roads? Or perhaps you may be more interested in four wheels with racing-style experiences on specialist tracks. If you want fast kart racing, the Gold Coast can offer you that. Or perhaps go for a ride on the helicopter or hot air balloon and come back down to earth with a sky dive or parasail. Go abseiling, kite surfing or even bungee jumping if you can take the frightful free fall.

If action and action is not your cup of tea, you can listen to a big band on a Sunday afternoon, be serenaded by jazz, visit art galleries like the Conrad Jupiters Arts Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, visit museums like the Metre Maid Museum. Still remember the Holden cars? There is a museum for the Holden cars. There are blues concerts, opera, film festivals year round.

Like to dine out? You should try the locally bred Wagyu beef. There are also soft-shell crabs, goat cheese and award-winning boutique wines.

Brought your wife along? You probably can't escape the some of Australia’s largest shopping complexes and duty free stores in the Gold Coasts which are located at northern suburbs like the Biggera Waters, Sanctuary Cove, Runaway Bay, Main Beach, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Bundall, Burleigh Heads, Robina, Tweed and Coolangatta. For something more exotic, go for the Surfers Paradise’s night markets or go for the 500 plus stalls at Carrara Markets weekends. Don't forget the Parklands Produce and Craft Markets and a many other markets offering fresh fruit, vegetables and preserves in quaint towns and villages. If what you want are antiques, paintings and pottery, try Tamborine’s Gallery Walk. For hand-made crafts, go to the Tweed rural townships.

Interested in Chinese churches? There is the Gold Coast Chinese Christian Church. They have a website at:

I can go on and on, but better you go see for yourself. But don't go sleep on the street. Make sure you book your accommodation via online hotel booking sites like CheaperThanHotels online booking. For hotels in the Gold Coast, you will have to go to hotels in gold coast.

If you are a surfer junkie, stay close to surfers' hangout by booking hotels in surfers paradise.

The Gold Coast is not that far from my country, but neither is it very near. If I have to fly all the way to visit the Gold Coast, I might as well hop over to Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Some call Adelaide the city of festival for it is famous for its Adelaide Festival of Arts as well as other festivals like the Fringe Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Adelaide Writers' Week, and the Feast Festival plus others. There is now the famous WOMADelaide, an annual world music and dance festival first held in 1992. It is now held annually in the Botanic Park, Adelaide, and is part of the Womad series of music festivals. The Womad events feature all sorts of music, arts and dance to encourage people to experience the music of cultures other than their own to help develop global understanding. I will of course book my accommodation online first, most likely via hotels in Adelaide

Now if my former colleague, a Chinese, who have migrated to Perth, ever get wind of me landing on Australian soil but never pay him a visit, he will never forgive me. But with his large family, it will be too much for me to expect to go cheapskate and squat in his adobe, so I will have to depend on Perth hotels. That would probably be my last destination in Australia for by that time, I probably would have exhausted most of my Australian currencies.


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Famous Chinese actresses

The Spock people search engine featured Nip/Tuck actor which as I mentioned in an earlier post, did not have any Chinese actor or actress listed. I have tried using to look for American Chinese actor to suggest to the show creator Ryan Murphy to include in the cast, but had not thought of actresses. After all, this is the time of liberation and sexual equality, and it is not impossible to find a female plastic surgeon.

So I tried using the search term "American Chinese actress" and found Spock people search engine result page for American Chinese actress. There is no shortage of American Chinese actress, but I think the one most suited would be Joan Chen, who also happened to be stationed in California. As mentioned in the earlier post, the popular plastic surgery TV series is moving its filming location to Los Angeles, California, so she should be an ideal candidate to act in that TV series.

We have our own famous Malaysian Chinese actress Dato' Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng. If she can get to act in that popular Nip/Tuck TV series, that would be another feather in the cap for Dato' Michelle Yeoh and also for Malaysia. After all, she has acted in famous Hollywood movies like James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997. And she is a famous international actress plus she had been conferred the Knight of the Legion of Honour of France by France President President Jacques Chirac.

Perhaps we should lobby hard for her to be included in the cast as the show creator Ryan Murphy have said that they will scan bulletin boards to gauge fans' preferences.



American Chinese actor in Spock search engine

I have found really interesting as I can find all kinds of Chinese personalities using that search engine. I have written about Nip/Tuck actor and how disappointed that I could not find a single Chinese actor in the Spock search engine result page. I have commented that since the show creator Ryan Murphy was quoted as saying they will be scouring online message boards so that he can get an idea of what fans like and don't like, I will try to post a message in one of these boards and suggest casting a Chinese actor so that I can add him to Spock people search engine. I have thus made a search for "American Chinese actor" and got Spock search engine result page for "American Chinese actor.

At the time of publishing, the first American Chinese actor listed was Bruce Lee alias Lǐ Xiǎolóng, my favorite actor. Unfortunately, Bruce Lee is now long dead and gone and cannot be a candidate to act in the Nip/Tuck plastic surgery TV series. I heard they are moving the location to Los Angeles, California, and I found Glen Chin, a Chinese actor located in California. Perhaps I would propose him for the cast of Nip/Tuck TV series.



Chinese Billionaire on Spock People Search Engine

Just found out about, a people search engine. Very interesting. All of us knows about Google search engine, Yahoo search engine, etc. I even found out about Dogpile search engine from a Fullbright scholar which search many other search engines at one go, a kind of compound search engine. I have also published about a post on Technorati blog search engine. But a people search engine? I can really use a search engine like this. I can search for anything connected with Chinese and write numerous posts about what I found.

For example, I search for "Chinese billionaire" and got Spock search result page for "Chinese billionaire". At the very top was Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo! together with David Filo. The thing that tickled me was to see one of the related person was the current President of the United States of America, George W. Bush. How was Jerry Yang related to George Bush? "Supported Politician". I just think some people would be mighty disappointed,

I don't think the order in which Chinese billionaires are listed in order of their wealth, as I am quite sure there are other Chinese billionaires who are more wealthy than Jerry Yang. Reasons? Perhaps they didn't sign up for Spock search engine. Also, ranking is influenced by others voting on the relevance and accuracy of tags, websites, etc.

There is this famous cosmetic surgery Tuck/Nip TV series and I was hoping to find a Chinese actor in the Spock search result page for "Tuck/Nip actor" and was very disappointed not to find even a single one. The nearest was a Japanese Tuck/Nip actor. Well, we know how difficult for Chinese to break into the Hollywood circle and American TV, so by right it should not be a surprise to me. However, according to, Nip/Tuck is getting ready for its season-five premiere on October 30, so let us be optimistic that somehow a Chinese would get cast in the series as I am sure there are American Chinese cosmetic surgeons.

The show creator Ryan Murphy was quoted as saying they will be scouring online message boards, particularly, so that he can get an idea of what fans like and don't like. Well, I think I will hop over to, register as a user, make a suggestion to include a Chinese actor as it is said that 1 in 4 of the living residents of Earth is ethnic Chinese and I am sure there are American Chinese plastic surgeons and according to Wikipedia, the Chinese American community is the second largest ethnic group of Asian Americans at 22.4% of the Asian American population.



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Famous Chinese Chef

I am still trying to find out what this site is all about. From preliminary examination, it looks like some kind of people search engine. I see a link chef right at the top of the page and thought I would like to try searching for some well known Chinese Chef.

Update: that link I mentioned above changes with time. The last time I look at the site again, it was a link for "Billionaire"

I type the search term "Wok with Yan" which is a famous, humorous and popular Chinese cooking TV series by Canadian Chinese chef Stephen Yan. My search led to many Stephen Yan's, but the very first one linked to the real Stephen Yan of "Wok with Yan". Wok is a Chinese frying pan in the shape of a dish or pan, rather like the pan the gold hunter pan for gold. Wok (rhyme with walk) and the word "Wok" in the title of the TV cooking series is a play with words, for it could refer to "walking with Yan" as he show, in a humorous manner, how to cook various Chinese dishes, or it could also refer to "cooking with Yan" as wok is associated with cooking.

According to Wikipedia, "Wok with Yan" was first produced in Vancouver, Canada, from 1980 to 1982 by CBC with a second edition in the early 1990s. The popular cooking TV series was syndicated internationally in United States, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore for years and although "Wok with Yan" is no longer in production, episodes continue to be rerun on Omni Television. I know because I live in one of these countries and have watched the funny Stephen Yan cooking his Chinese dishes on TV.

I know they say 1 in 4 of living person on earth are ethnic Chinese, we should not be so inward looking as only to consider things Chinese, for there are more things in life than just things Chinese.

There is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television medical drama series called Nip/Tuck (nip and tuck are cosmetic surgery operations) which features the lives of 2 Miami plastic surgeons Sean McNamara (actor Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (actor Julian McMahon). If you try searching for Nip/Tuck actor, you will get to Nip/Tuck actor - Spock Search and the first two shows the main actors Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh followed by other minor actors in the Nip/Tuck TV series.

Now that I know how Spock Search works, I made a search for "Google Blogger", the blogging platform I used for all my blogs and found the page for Meg Hourihan who co-founded Pyra Labs. Pyra Labs is the company which created Blogger and is the one mainly responsible for first making blogging easy and popular. Pyra Labs has since being bought over by Google. On that page, at the bottom, I have added my blog Blogger Tips and Tricks which is very popular with bloggers looking for tips and tricks for their Blogger blogs and from which they obtained information which many commented is informative, well explained, easy to understand and to implement, etc., to Meg Hourihan's page. If you surf to that site, you will see a "On the Web" Section under which I see 4 logos one of which is the Blogger small Blogger logo logo, beside which is the word "blogspot" and next to that is a down arrow. If you click the down arrow, you will see

If you go to that page not too long after this post is published, you will only see one link which will link to my main popular Blogger (blogspot) blog, and below that you can vote if you find the link relevant to Meg Hourihan's page. I hope you vote yes because my blog Blogger Tips and Tricks provides all kind of information on Blogger which Meg Hourihan's Pyra Labs created.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Guanxi. The First Word in Chinese Trade

Guanxi. The First Word in Chinese Trade by Peter Bennett

A colleague once told me that a good indicator of economic confidence was the number of construction cranes on the skyline. If he's correct, Beijing is feeling good about its prospects, very good in fact.

According to figures recently published by the Associated Press, China's economy grew at a blistering 9.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2005 alone. Yet a pan-European business poll by parcel firm UPS revealed that almost a third (31 percent) of UK business leaders do not consider Asia to be an important trading or production market.

To ignore the headlines predicting the 'awakening of the Dragon' would be commercial suicide: the world economy is undergoing a revolution as a China-led Asia returns to its historic role at the centre of affairs, according to the Financial Times' Martin Wolf.

Few of us receive emails in Chinese, but I saw one last year which translated into: "I'd like to spend a million pounds with your company". A good excuse, I thought, to spend January in Beijing talking to business representative organizations and growing companies who want to trade with the west. There were things I know now which I didn't know when I boarded my plane from London to Beijing to meet my Chinese contact which everyone wishing to do business in China should be aware of. Let me explain.

There were no berths available on the night train from Beijing to Xian (famous for its terracotta army but fast developing other industries) but we soon found ourselves settling down to sleep as one suddenly came available. A few days later we dined in a restaurant which was so busy that there was a queue for tables but strangely we had been directed past the queue into a private dining room.

Not long after my arrival in Beijing I'd mentioned a long standing back injury was troubling me after my flight. The next day I was ushered past the waiting patients to be x-rayed immediately by one of the City's leading orthopedic surgeons. No money changed hands. The currency exchanged was based upon Guanxi (Pronounced "GWAN-shee") which literally means "relationships". In practice, "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours". The exchange of favors.

My host, a local businessman whose family has lived in the same area of Beijing for centuries, runs several successful restaurants. He has Guanxi in abundance and I have lost count of the number of times his standing has made things happen which would have been impossible without his network. If you trade with China, or would like to trade with China, underestimate Guanxi at your peril.

It works at all levels from social engagements through business and into officialdom. Western corporations often place great emphasis on efficiency and financial performance as a guide to whether or not to trade with other entities. In China, a much higher importance is put on personal relationships. You do not need to be big and powerful to forge successful business relationships with Chinese executives but you do need establish the personal contacts first.

My advice is not to rely on formal written communications but wherever possible to talk to prospective contacts on the phone (using an interpreter if required) and, if at all possible, arrange to meet in person as soon as you think you have a mutual interest in trading. Return flights from London to Beijing are around 400 UK and once there, accommodation is cheap.

Time spent getting to know your potential partners will pay dividends down the line. Unless your hosts speak English well, consider hiring a face-to-face interpreter to avoid confusion and help initial meetings run smoothly. Their local knowledge of the City will also be invaluable as Beijing is huge.

My time in China was extremely productive. London Translations Limited, has announced an agreement with Beijing Sagive Translations Company Limited, one of the most respected and experienced translation firms in China. This will provide a crucial language 'bridge' to enable trade between our two countries. Crucially they will provide an English to Chinese service and we will translate Chinese into English.

Incidentally, I never found out how exactly we managed to get seats on a fully booked train but my host did mention that the wife of a comedian whose show was being played on TV in our carriage works at the train company and the comedian himself regularly eats in his restaurants!

Peter Bennett is founder and CEO of London translations Limited, one of London's fastest growing business translation and interpreting agencies.
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Monday, April 16, 2007

Free way to advertise all things Chinese

There is this site Free Pixel Advertisement for your blog which offers both free and paid pixel advertisements. I need a way to tell the world about all things Chinese, so I generated a button at TomaWeb Free Button Generator. Now I have a free pixel advertisement for this site, only thing is, I am limited to only 60x20 pixels, so I can only put the word Chinese in the button. It is good enough for me. I hope Free Pixel Advertisement for your blog gets popular so more people can see this site.


Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Beginnings of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Beginnings of Traditional Chinese Medicine
by Steve Hudson

At the root of many holistic practices are the philosophies and ideals that come from Chinese medicine. From the beginnings of this practice has been a growth in natural methods to help promote healing and balance.

The beginnings of Chinese medicine as a practice come from the year 800 BC. Even though this practice began before this, it was only recorded beginning in this year through a book known as the Huang Di Nei Jeng or The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine. The methods that were used in this book were based around the herbal remedies that were most significant in helping with holistic healing.

The idea of this particular book was based off of the Yellow Emperor, one of the greatest rulers in Chinese history. He is thought to have lived in 4700 BC, and is often attributed as a mythical character with a status of royalty that provided inspiration to those living in the orient. It is through this mythical character that this book of medicine is still portrayed under, with the attribution to the Yellow Emperors knowledge that was passed down holistically.

The beginning of this book included 12 prescriptions through herbs that were used with a combination of twenty-eight different ingredients. By the year 220 BC, the book had become so popular that medical services were established based around the remedies from the Yellow Emperor. The adjustments that were made from this book included detailed classifications of the herbs, how they worked, their strength and what their properties were for healing different ailments.

Overtime, new publications and philosophies were added onto this book in order to provide practitioners with new methods and substances to the basis of the Yellow Emperors remedy book. These additions provided new insights and books, all the way into the 1700s with the contribution of the Theory of Herbal Medicine.

The ancient practices of Chinese medicine through herbal remedies are a true philosophy that shows how time withstands the ideas of holistic treatments. Through the growth of herbal practices, several in the East have found ways to provide insight and balances between different herbs for better practices to gain energy and balance in ones life.

Balanced Cures for Imbalances in Problems

There are a variety of problems that are directly linked to health in the world today. Everything from mental ailments to physical diseases to problems reflected by other more serious problems are becoming better known. In the increase in knowledge for better health is also the desire to find the correct cures for the problems. Not only are Western scientists trying to find solutions, but traditional Chinese medicine is also working towards increasing the availability of ancient solutions.

Not only is Chinese medicine known to help cure common ailments, but it is now being proven that they are working towards finding alternatives in other ways. There are several that are turning towards Chinese medicine to help alternate things such as obesity, smoking and addiction to hard drugs. This is not only a continuation of Chinese medicine, but is also an increase in evidence of the effectiveness of this alternative

One of the proven effects of Chinese medicine comes from recent research done by a variety of acupuncturists. In this particular study, acupuncture practitioners conducted acupuncture on those who were suffering from obesity and addiction. It was found that there were direct results by refocusing the energy of the person by using specific acupuncture points.

The major change that occurred with the acupuncture is that the chemical of endorphin, which is usually a response to addiction, began to flow differently. This occurred because there were direct pressure points used in the acupuncture that linked to the nervous system. The areas of this nervous system are the ones that carry the endorphins, telling your body that it needs certain things and responds to addictions.

Not only are acupuncturists working with those that are addicted in order to open up channels for releasing endorphins into a different direction, but they are also finding ways to use acupuncture in direct areas for the addictions. Ear acupuncture is one of the most well known ways to change the imbalance of endorphins and is done by stimulating specific nerves in the ears, which causes an increase in endorphins and releases the chemical stimulants to stop addictions.

If you are suffering from an addiction, you can try using acupuncture and ancient Chinese medicine in order to help find a cure. Most likely, your body is telling you to release specific chemicals that cause the addiction. By using holistic methods, you can begin to reverse this process and work towards a well-balanced alternative towards your health.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Why the emphasis on things Chinese

1 in 4 of the living person on earth is Chinese. China used to be the most developed contry in the world, but was overtaken by the Western country when it became too inward looking and became complacent. Now with the opening up of China, it may again take its place as a leading country of the world.

(note: Instruction to implement expandable post summary was given in this post: Expandable Post Summary for New Blogger, but with this method, the link "Read More" appears even for short post. This short post and blog is published mainly to test the peekaboo expandable post summary to see if the "Read More" link appears for short posts. If after this, the "Read More" link is not visible, that means the hack works as intended.

Update: There is no "Read More" link in this short post, so it shows that the hack is working.


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Submit Your Website's URL To Chinese Search Engines

Submit Your Website's URL To Chinese Search Engines

by: David Carnes

It is certainly true that the Internet is dominated by the Englsih language – it has been estimated that 75% of all Internet pages worldwide are written in English. But surprise, surprise, the world’s No. 1 language in terms of number of native speakers is also the most difficult to read – Chinese, with about three times as many native speakers (and readers) as English. China has the second greatest number of Internet users in the world, behind only the United States, and its Internet market is one of the world’s fastest-growing. Furthermore, its buoyant economy is impossible to ignore. Every year millions are added to its relatively affluent middle class.

You’d be surprised at how many Chinese can read English – they are small in proportion to total population, but large in number. You might also be surprised at how many Chinese yuppies (“Chuppies”) carry Visa and Mastercard.

Do you have a product that might sell well in China? That’s a difficult question to answer, but as a one-sentence primer: affluent Chinese gravitate towards any product with name-brand appeal, snob appeal, or that is closely associated with the United States (sarcastically dubbed the “Mickey Mouse Syndrome” by envious economic rivals). If you are going global, you cannot afford to ignore China. And if your business has a website, it should be searchable in China.

Following are the URLs for site submission to ten Chinese search engines. The sites are all written in Chinese, but if you can get past the language barrier, anything is possible…

Top 10 Chinese Search Engines

1. Baidu: Submid URL to Baidu

2. Sina: Add URL to Sina

3. Sohu: Submit URL to Sohu

4. Yahoo China: Yahoo China

5. Google China: Google China

6. Sobao: Sobao

7. Tianwang: Tianwang

8. China-Holiday: China Holiday

9. Wangluobing: Wangluobing

10. Sunwukong: Sunwukong

The first six of the foregoing are major players, but the rest are marginal and may well be out of business by the time you read this (then again, you never know…).

Happy hunting!

About The Author
David A. Carnes is a California attorney working for California Industrial City in Zhengzhou, China. His website, China Company Startup Guide, offers free, step-by-step information on how to establish a business presence in China.


Sunday, April 1, 2007

Seven Free Online Resources for Learning Chinese Faster

Seven Free Online Resources for Learning Chinese Faster

by: Kah Joon Liow

Are you learning Chinese?

Chances are, you've already searched the internet for information that'll help you learn Chinese. And what do you find? Lots of sites offering free information on learning Chinese.

I did an online search recently and realized that with all the information out there, it can be pretty confusing for a person who's just beginning to learn Chinese to figure out what's useful and what's not.

Where should you start? Which are the sites that offer you, the beginning Chinese learner, practical advice and Chinese phrases you can use immediately?

I decided to put together a select list of useful, free online resources to jump start your learning of Chinese and help you get better results in less time. :-)

Learn Chinese Resource #1:

**How to Learn Chinese with More Fun and in Less Time in Five Easy Steps

This step-by-step guide does two things: it gives you proven tips on how to approach the study of Chinese for better and faster results plus the 80% of listening, speaking, writing and reading basics you need to know when you're at the beginning stage of learning Chinese. Sign up for this 5-part mini-course at

Learning Chinese

Learn Chinese Resource #2:

**Chinese Pod

Free, daily Chinese conversational audio mp3 lessons (called podcasts) based on real situations (ordering food, renting an apartment, talking about yourself etc.) you can download, listen and review on the go to start speaking Mandarin right away. Start with their New User Guide. Visit Chinese Pod at Chinese Pod.

Learn Chinese Resource#3

**Five Beginner Steps to Learning Chinese Faster

Real experiences of an American learning Chinese in China. This funny and useful “5 Beginner Steps to Learning Chinese Faster” free email course doesn't teach you Chinese but describes a beginner's strategy for how to get out into a real Chinese-speaking environment and learn it for yourself.

Sign up at Master Chinese Faster.

Learn Chinese Resource #4:

**BBC Real Chinese

For those who plan to travel to China, learn useful Chinese phrases (note: no Chinese characters, only in pinyin, the Romanized script) for introducing yourself, getting around, shopping, booking a hotel in China etc. in this interesting ten-part, online beginner's Mandarin course in slideshow format with text, images and audio followed by a one-minute video shot in China and cultural notes. Learn BBC Real Chinese at Real Chinese

Learn Chinese Resource #5:

**Chinese Forums

Find like-minded, motivated Chinese learners to discuss topics related to learning Chinese and Chinese culture. is an online community of people with an interest in learning Chinese language and culture. When you're just starting to learn Chinese, keeping yourself motivated is vital for getting results. This is where you'll find other motivated Chinese learners of all skill levels to exchange tips and information whether it's about overcoming difficulties in learning Chinese Mandarin or sharing your favorite Chinese movie or travel destination in China. Visit

Chinese Forums

Learn Chinese Resource #6:

**CRI Radio

A great site to read and listen to radio broadcasts in English and Chinese about China and life in China – China news, culture, sports, travel, entertainment etc. CRI Radio can be found at China Broadcast.

Learn Chinese Resource #7:

**Chinese Fonts

If you're not reading Chinese characters properly on your computer, like the chinese words for “learn Chinese” 学中文 follow the link to find out how to display and type Chinese fonts on your Windows or Mac computer: Chinese Fonts

There you have it -- seven free online resources for learning Chinese faster.

If there's any "secret" to learning Chinese faster and with better results, it's this: learn a little, use a lot!

Don't be afraid of making mistakes, or fret about getting the pronunciation right.

Start by speaking Mandarin with Chinese friends whenever you can. There'll be lots of slip-ups along the way, but you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you can accomplish in a short time!

About The Author

Liow Kah Joon’s Living-Chinese-Symbols site is a handy guide to the Chinese language and lifestyle. You can sign up for his free monthly Chinese Symbols ezine at Living Chinese Symbols.


Monday, March 5, 2007

The Many Benefits Of Chinese Green Tea

The Many Benefits Of Chinese Green Tea

by: Robert Williams

As you may know, green tea is one of the most popular types of Chinese tea. Many people, not only the Chinese, consider it as the most refreshing drink for sweltering summers. The primary reasons for this claim are the facts that green tea is cool to the tastebuds and defends against inflammation. Many people have also claimed that it relieves fever.

In fact, the health benefits of Chinese green tea have been known throughout the world. The Chinese have known about these medicinal benefits since ancient times, because they have used green tea to treat ailments ranging from headaches to depression. The writer Nadine Taylor in her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life suggested that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.

These days, numerous scientific studies conducted both in Asia and the West are providing conclusive evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. Notably, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study in 1994 indicating that drinking Chinese green tea regularly lowered the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by close to 60 percent. Also, it was recently reported by researchers of the University of Purdue that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

There are other medical conditions to which drinking green tea is said to have medicinal benefits. To summarize, these conditions include cancer, impaired immune function, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, infection, and high cholesterol levels.

What Makes Green Tea Extraordinary?

The secret of Chinese green tea's benefits lies in the fact that it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG essentially harms healthy body tissues. Studies also revealed that this antioxidant has been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and blocking the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter benefit takes on added importance because the formation of abnormal blood clots, medically known as thrombosis, is the main cause of strokes and heart attacks.

In addition, the effects of Chinese green tea and the "French Paradox" have a strong correlation. Researches were initially puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet high in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. Red wine was found to be the answer, because it contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a polyphenol that restricts the negative effects of smoking and a high-fat diet. However, in 1997 a study reported that EGCG is twice as beneficial as resveratrol. This discovery also explains the lower rate of heart disease among Chinese men even though approximately 70 percent are smokers.

Additional Benefits

New evidence that unveil further benefits of Chinese green tea are now emerging. One of those claims is that Chinese green tea can also help those people on diets. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more fat than those given only a placebo and caffeine.

Chinese green tea is also reputed to prevent tooth decay. Much like its bacteria-fighting abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also combat the bacteria that cause dental plaque.

Today, several skin products containing green tea, from deodorants to creams, are also available on the market. This is due to the fact that Chinese green tea is found to be powerful in fighting bacteria that cause skin imperfections.

About The Author
Robert Williams writes for several web sites, including Products Help and Hole in the Bucket


Monday, February 5, 2007

Ten Reasons To Start Learning Chinese

Ten Reasons To Start Learning Chinese

by: Frank Middleton

1. Chinese, is one of the Sino-Tibetan languages, or more accurately it is a group of different dialects of which Mandarin (Putonghua) is one. Taken together there are more native speakers of Chinese than any other language. To put this in perspective there are approximately 915 million speakers of Mandarin (without including any of the other dialects such as Cantonese), compared to Spanish, the fourth most widely spoken language in the world with around 400 million speakers.

2. You don’t have to learn Chinese characters to learn to speak Chinese. Pinyin is a method of writing Chinese in the roman alphabet. Hanyu pinyin spells the sound, and includes tone marks to help give the correct pronunciation.

3. Chinese literature. The dialects are not mutually intelligible but the written language is shared between them all. Although you do not need to learn to read Chinese characters to speak the language, by doing so you open the door to an enormously diverse and rich literature. In fact, the earliest record of writing was in Chinese characters although very different in form from modern characters (of which there are many thousand).

3. The Chinese economy is the fastest growing economy in the world, and so in the work environment even speaking a little Chinese will give you a competitive edge, if your company invests in China or is considering doing so.

4. Language and culture are linked and learning something of the Chinese language will help give an appreciation of the cultural heritage of China.

5. China is accessible to the foreign visitor in a way that it has not been in the past and travel to and within China is becoming easier, but to make the most of this opportunity for travel, language at a basic level is important. Mandarin is spoken throughout China.

7. China is becoming increasingly important in the world and may be the dominant economic power in the not so distant future.

8. Food. You can eat in the tourist restaurants in hotels but if you want to see more of China it is more better to try the food and experience the culture in local restaurants.

9. In 2008 the Olympics are being held in Beijing. In 2008 many foreign visitors will descend on China to watch the Olympics. It is an ideal opportunity, if you are lucky enough to be going, to stand out from the crowd by being one of the few who has learnt at least a few words of Mandarin.

10. Like any other language, it is possible to learn a few words and phrases in Mandarin, enough to be polite without spending years in further education. Linguata would help.

About The Author
Frank Middleton is a freelance author and writes occasional articles for a site with a practical realistic and fast approach to learning words and phrases in a foreign language, using a combination of sophisticated testing and simple games.


Friday, January 5, 2007

Considering Chinese Herbal Remedies

Considering Chinese Herbal Remedies

by: Julie Hart

Have you ever searched for a solution, but come up empty handed. Hey, welcome to the planet. I'm right there with you. The thing is sometimes the solutions are different from what you anticipated. These means you may not be looking in the right place. Take classic chinese herbal remedies for instance. Some folks love and take full advantage of these treatments and cures. Then there are others who never give them a shot because they assume poor results will be the outcome. This couldn't be further from the truth. The difference with chinese herbal remedies is basically that they come from nature. Here in the U.S. we expect only chemical drugs to work. This is naive and should begin to change.

I have tested sure chinese herbal remedies on myself. Fortunately the two I have tested worked really easily. Neither smelled enjoyable, but this was not my worry. Healing was my best priority. It's amusing how cultures construct barriers and have normal assumptions. I had an older kung fu instructor at one level in my living. He was a human who accepted all things. He wanted to recognize what worked and what failed in living. He really could get cared little where it came from. Chinese Medicine has a lengthy story. More than 2,000 years ago Canon of Medicine, the earliest of the surviving medical classics in China was produced. It was known to subsequently generations as two books: Plain Questions and Miraculous Pivot. The latter is too called Canon of Acupuncture or Nine Volumes. The script, Canon of Medicine,extensively summarizes and systematizes the Previous experiences of handling and theories of drug,deals at duration with the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human system, and the diagnosis,handling and prevention of diseases, on the ground of the so achievements of new normal sciences, and under the counseling of the old wide-eyed materialism and unscripted dialectics.

I can yet remember one day in course when he complaining of a serious rear ache. One of the extremely ranked students offered to massage his backwards for him to alleviate the stress. This is a basic proposition in Asian cultures. The understudies ever seek to delight the teachers and elders. However, the instructor declined and thanked the pupil for his offering. He so reported that he would quite just go some Advil. I couldn't assistance but laughter. This was humorous to me. Although Advil is not one of the respective chinese herbal remedies, it is efficient nonetheless. Isn't that what matters most

One of my favourite chinese herbal remedies is Dit Da Jow. This is a brown, stinky liquid that works marvelously on bruises, aches and pains. You merely massage it in for a few minutes. The poison component in it is what heals. It's amusing how nature works. You overly can separate through a good kind of chinese herbal remedies on the World-Wide-Web. Hop online and discover your normal remedy today. Your system will recognize it.

About The Author
Julie Hart is a freelance writer, articles can be viewed on Alternative Health, Latest article Chinese Herbal Remedies