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glebkhol has written 12 posts for Gleb's Chinese adventures

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It took a lot just to type it, and now I’m almost afraid how much time I would have to spend in the airports… Ouch… 5 flights in 10 days… Did I overextend myself? Will see… Does anyone have any recommendations or friends I could call up in Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong for tips or emergency? It all … Continue reading

Si Shi Shi Si Shi


This tongue-twister actually means something that’s hard to contest indeed: “40 is 40” (сы шы шы сы шы). Chinese have brains of supercomputers: there’s a fairy-tale of some kind that’s composed entirely of these two syllables (okay, in different tones), and Chinese claim that all native speakers can easily understand what every one of those sounds means just from its context. … Continue reading

Added photos


I added links to my friends’ China blogs and photo galleries that I update the most often. Even though they’re on Russian Facebook, don’t worry – pictures are pictures, no need to read text there. Why not Facebook? Because it’s blocked here and I can’t get the photo upload control to work in neither IE nor … Continue reading

Catching a taxi near railway station… Almost FAILED


If you don’t know me, let me say this first: I’m not greedy. But I don’t like to be ripped off and I don’t like to bargain. Oh, and I like experiments. Our train from Zhengzhou was arriving at 11pm. Only as we exited the train did we realize that the only way to get … Continue reading

Getting on a train… FAILED


From my limited experience, trains leave on time. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing: we missed the train yesterday by 2 minutes. 2 hours in lines and running all around 北京西站 (the Beijing West station), and we had another bunch for… tomorrow same time. So, we lost a day out of 2.5 … Continue reading

Hitting the road for Qing Ming festival


Tue is a Qing-Ming tomb sweeping holiday. The story behind is quite bloody, as many other Chinese epics. Anyway, Monday traded places with Saturday, and so we’ll have a 3-day holiday. My friends and I are going to see some of the ancient places – Shao Lin monastery (yes, that one, where Kung Foo started) and Longmen … Continue reading

Chinese names


Are quite fascinating. First, they all have a meaning. This is what you get when your culture is several thousands years old and hasn’t been influenced too much by any others. Family names are almost exclusively 1-character and have very little diversity and 80% of China carries 20% of them. Family names are revered and … Continue reading

My hair was lost in translation


After dreading for a couple of weeks to go to a barber, I finally asked around and got a recommendation for a shop place nearby. A colleague who gave it to me has even offered to take me there today and translate my requirements. I refused at first, saying that I need to download a … Continue reading

Chinese poems


If you know just Mandarin, you cannot fully appreciate the beauty of Chinese poetry. All rules for poems refer to pronunciation in one of the traditional (read: Cantonese) languages, which have 8 tones. Remember, all Chinese is written the same way, so you can read and pronounce it in any of the dialects you fancy. … Continue reading

Say hello to a foreigner


When you go through villages, even touristy ones, you become a star as soon as you turn into backyards. Kids practice their “hello” (hey, I didn’t know that much Chinese until I was 29) and their parents, as you pass by, tease their offsprings “do you want to say hello to a foreigner”? Yes, whether … Continue reading