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The 12 Chinese Animal Birth Signs with Printable

The 12 Chinese Animal Birth Signs with Printable

Read Learning Unit Description here.   Are you a Monkey? Are you a Chicken/Rooster? Are you a dog?  Are you a pig?  Chinese children ask their friends these questions for fun.  They also use the Animal Birth Signs to figure out how old their friends are.  With the arrival of the Year of the Rooster less than 10 days, we are going to take a look at the fun twelve Chinese Animal Birth Signs . There are […]

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Chinese New Year Craft – Make a “Fú 福” Lucky Word Sign

Chinese New Year Craft - Make a "Fú 福" Lucky Word Sign

Your Chinese animal birth sign is chicken/rooster if the birth years are in 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921. It will be a 12-year increment so the ages will  be 0, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108.  Chinese people might ask about your birth sign and figure out how old you are.  It is a math game!  Try it out.       Chinese people put red banners with lucky words, […]

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Chinese New Year: Laba Festival

Chinese New Year: Laba Festival

  Happy Laba Festival 臘八節!  Do you know Laba Festival is the day that Kicks off the Preparation for the arrival of the Chinese Lunar New Year? Laba falls on January 5 in 2017.  Laba = 臘八.  臘 La – is the 12th month on lunar calendar. 八 Ba – is the number 8.  Laba is celebrated on the 8th day of the twelfth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. Traditionally, on Laba people will have 臘八粥 […]

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Merry Christmas! Chinese Flash Mob Performances in Taiwan and China – Chinese Christmas Carol and More

Merry Christmas! Chinese Flash Mob Performances in Taiwan and China - Chinese Christmas Carol and More

Happy Holidays! Happy Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanza, and Winter Solstice!  And… Merry Christmas!  We would like to wish you and your family a fantastic holiday season.  There are three flash mob performances that you will take you from Taipei, Taiwan to Chóng Qìng, China.  Listen to the songs in Chinese and enjoy the fun-filled joy with the performing artists on the other side of the world! Taiwan – Christmas Eve Flash Mob in 板橋|板桥 Bǎn qiáo, New Taipei […]

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Happy Winter Solstice Dong Zhi Winter Festival – 冬至快樂 Dōng Zhì Kuài Lè

Happy Winter Solstice Dong Zhi Winter Festival - 冬至快樂 Dōng Zhì Kuài Lè

  Celebrating Christmas and the holidays with Miss Panda’s Theme-Based Fun Learning Units!   Winter Solstice is called 冬至 [Dong Zhì] in Mandarin Chinese. 冬 [Dong] mean winter. 至 [Zhi] means extreme, or arrival.  冬至 [Dong Zhì] literally means the “extreme of winter”.  Dong Zhi is also known as Winter Festival – 冬節[Dong Jié] for Chinese.  Dong Zhi marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  It is the coldest […]

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World Culture: Roasted Turkey Meets Beijing Roasted Duck!

World Culture: Roasted Turkey Meets Beijing Roasted Duck!

What is the one Chinese dish that is close to roasted Turkey that we have for Thanksgiving in the U.S.? Have you tried Peking Roasted Duck?  Have you heard about three ways of eating Peking roasted duck?  The first one is crispy duck wrap, the second one is duck stir fry and the third one is duck soup.  All three dishes are from one Peking roasted duck.  Does it sound similar to how we eat Thanksgiving turkey?  […]

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Exploring Homemade Chinese Dishes with Chef Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook

Exploring Homemade Chinese Dishes with Chef Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook

Disclosure: I received a copy of this cookbook to review.  All opinions are my own. “Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen” has a delicious collection of recipes that you can prepare at home for the whole family.  Many of the dishes can be made with the help of children.  Before exploring all the recipes, you will learn about Chinese ingredients, basic cooking tips, essential tools and utensils then the must-know sauces […]

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The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon Fairy, and Mooncakes: Story, Recipe, Song, and Printables

The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon Fairy, and Mooncakes: Story, Recipe, Song, and Printables

Click button to download – The origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival or “Zhōng Qiū Jié” (中秋節) occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month each year (falling in September or October on our familiar solar calendar).  Because this holiday is based on the lunar calendar, where it falls on the solar calendar varies from year to year.  For example, in 2015 the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 27th.  In 2017, it […]

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Exploring Chinese Culture with Kids

Exploring Chinese Culture with Kids

China, the oldest civilization on earth has so much for us to explore.  The resources that I included here will take us on an adventure with the Chinese language, festivities, food, music, art, architecture, philosophy, traditions, medicine, martial arts, and more.  Here are the tools for you to use in your daily Chinese session at home or at school.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be enhanced with hands-on cultural projects and multimedia experience.  Enjoy!   Hello, […]

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Read Around The World Summer Series: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

Read Around The World Summer Series: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu

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