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  • The Most Creative Business Cards in the world, can you imagine?

    1. Cosmetic Surgeon Business CardAdvertising Agency: Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann, Vienna, Austria2. Yoga Trainer Business CardsAdvertising Agency: Marked for Trade3. Cheese Grater Business CardAdvertising Agency: JWT, Brazil4. Tearable Divorce Lawyer Business Card1Notice that the card has contact information on both sides.5. Yoga Mat Business CardA simple, yet very creative business card for Vancouver yoga center. The card rolls just like a yoga mat.6. Fitness Trainer’s Tearable Business CardZohra Mouhetta helps you strip away your belly! (Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)7. Designer’s Seed Packet Business Card5Designed by Jamie Wieck8. Circumciser’s Business CardAdvertising Agency: Agency: Healthy People by Grey, Istanbul, Turkey9. Event Photographer’s Viewfinder Business Card10. Dentist’s Cavity Business CardDesigned by Michael Häne & Remo Caminada11. Stretchy Personal Trainer’s Business CardIf you want to see the text on this business card, you have to do a little stretching exercise.12. Hair Dresser Business CardsDesigned by Igor Perkusic13. Cigarette Filter Business Card2Advertising Agency: Bos, Toronto, Canada14. Buy/Sell Investment Representative Business CardsAdvertising Agency: Rethink, Canada15. Yoga Center StrawAdvertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Shanghai, China16. Sommelière Wineglass Business CardDesigned by Caserne17. Your Own Personal Lego Agent18. Picture Frame Business CardAdvertising Agency: Piko, Moldova19. Stylish Transparency Business CardDesigned by Dario Monetini20. Makeup Business CardAdvertising Agency: OpusMúltipla, Curitiba, Brazil21. Toy Chair Business CardAdvertising Agency: DDB, Brazil22. Miniature Plumber’s Plunger With Contact InformationDesigned by Indelible Design23. Seed Packet Business CardAdvertising Agency: Struck, USA24.Bike Multi-Tool Business CardDesigner: Rethink Canada25. Classic Rock Theme Business CardThis groovy hair salon comb plays a classic rock theme when rubbed by fingernail, using the same principle as a musicbox comb. (Advertising Agency: Fabio Milito design, Roma, Italy)26. Transformable Cargo Box Business CardAdvertising Agency: Y&R, São Paulo, Brazil27. Restaurant Salt Shaker Business CardDesigned by flux28. Survival Training Dried Meat Business CardAdvertising Agency: Rethink, Vancouver, Canada29. Tennis Business CardAdvertising Agency: Publicis, Brazil30. Grillable Business Card4

  • What's the feeling when living in another culture?

    Living in a foreign culture can be exciting, but it can also be confusing (令人迷惑的). A group of Americans who taught English in other countries recently discussed their experiences. They decided that miscommunications were always possible, even over something as simple as "yes" and "no".    On her first day in Micronesia, an island in the Pacific, Lisa thought people weren’t paying any attention to her. The day was hot. She went into a store and asked, “Do you have cold drinks. The woman there didn't say anything. Lisa repeated the question. Still the Woman said nothing. She later learned that the woman had answered her:  She had raised her eyebrows (眉毛), which in Micronesia means "yes".     Jan remembered an experience she had in Bulgaria, a country in Europe. She went to a restaurant that was known for its cabbage. She asked the waiter, "Do, you have cabbage today?" He nodded his head. Jan waited, but the cabbage never came. In that country, a nod means no.     Tom had a similar problem when he arrived in India. After explaining something in class, he asked his students if they understood. They answered with many different nods and shakes of the head. He thought some people had not understood, so he explained again. When he asked again, they did the same thing~ He soon found out that his students did understand. In India, people nod and shake their heads in different ways depending on where they come from. You have to know where a person is from to understand whether they mean "yes" or "no".

  • Where To travel In China

    I would like to show you the most popular scenic cities with stunning natural scenery. China has many cities with spectacular views that will make a feast for your eyes and even lead you to the dreamy land. Sometimes areas with gorgeous natural beauty are located outside city in a prefecture governed by, and with the same name as, a city.  ♦ Guilin (Yangshuo/Longsheng)Situated in South China, Guilin is like a glittering pearl on a green carpet, the scenery here enjoys the praise of "top landscape in the world". It is renowned for its Karst landscape, exquisite mountains, wired caves and especially the limpid Li River that runs from downtown to Yangshuo County, all of which mix together and form a giant elegant Chinese painting. At the same time, you would not wanna miss the unique beauty of graceful rice fields in Longsheng County.  Guilin Highlights: • Li River, is the top ranked attraction in Guilin, which expressed perfectly the inner core of scenery and also the custom of the city - mild, delicate, genial but also proud. It is said that the river between Yangdi and Xingping (of Yangshuo County) is the most outstanding section. • Longji Rice Terraces is a very special site that considered the best of its kind, attracted people with its creative layout, well-toned figure and extraordinary size.  ♦ Jiuzhaigou  Situatied in the east part of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhiagou county owns one of the most famous fairy-land-like spots of the world – Jiuzhaigou Valley, which is a legendry land that recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage in 1992. Jiuzhaigou County is also a good place for people to experience unique Tibetan culture and unspoiled local custom.  Jiuzhaigou Highlights: • Called as the living paradise, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area is reputed for its bright green waters, icy waterfalls, colorful forest (especially in autumn) and pure snow mountains surrounded. It is also home of varied creatures like wild pandas, white-lipped deer.  • Huanglong, a World Natural Heritage site, touching Jiuzhaigou, is also famous for its colorful ponds, snowy mountains, deep valleys, and dense forest. Between 3,145 and 3,578 meters above sea level at the foot of Xuebaoding, the main peak of Mt. Minshan, lies a 3.6-km-long calcified hill, resembling a giant golden dragon galloping among the virgin forest, and this is how the mountain was named.  ♦ Huangshan Situated on the mid-east part of China, Huangshan city owns abundant natural and cultural resources. Boasted grand mountain-view sites, elegant water-view spots and primary national forest reserves, this city is a real popular tourist city of China. In 1990, the most outstanding site Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) was recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage.  Huangshan Hilights: • Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) is one of the top mountain-view spots of China and known as the No. 1 Mountain under heaven. It features imposing peaks, grotesquely-shaped rocks, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and those peculiarities that make the mountain outstanding among others.  • Hongcun Village is an ancient village with a history of 400 to 500 years. The original residential style and features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties were preserved perfectly there. It was inscribed into the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. ♦ Shangri-la Shangri-la enjoys the reputation of “Highland Garden” and “Realm of Living Creatures”. Read about the Lost Horizon, we would know it is a remote peaceful land with transparent sky, snow-covered mountains, dignified monasteries and primary forest. Shangri-la, the lost paradise, is the place where we can expect a stunning adventure to the nature which beautiful enough to feast our eyes. Shangri-La Highlights:• Mery Snow Mountain, or Meili Snow Mountain or the Crown Prince of Snow Mountains, is known as the most beautiful snow mountain of the world. Kawagebo Peak, the main peak, is the highest peak in Yunnan Province and one of the grand four holly mountains of Tibetan Buddhism.  • 22km away from Shangri-la, Potatso National Park is the first national park of mainland China, which consists of two main attractions – Bitahai Lake and Shuduhu Lake. With well-preserved ecological environment, primary forest, wetlands, deep valleys and alpine meadow can also be seen in this park.    ♦ Zhangjiajie  Situated in the northwestern part of Hunan, central of Wuling Mountain range, Zhangjiajie is one of the populartourist cities of China, especially renowned for its mountain scenery. Enjoying superb geographical and natural environment, its Wulingyuan Scenic Resort (including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Scenic Area and Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve), which was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in December 1992, attracting people from all over the world.  Zhangjiajie Highlights: • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first national forest park of China, with a forest coverage rate up to 98%. Renowned for its numerous sheer peaks, secluded valleys and primary forest, this park also rich in biology resource, is a decent Museum of Nature. • Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve enjoys a reputation of “grand potted landscape, mini fairyland”. Its wild primary scenery is the masterpiece of nature. There are four scenic wonders there, namely Cloud Billows, Moon Brightness, Sun Glow and Winter Snow, you would not wanna miss.  ♦ Sanya Facing the South China Sea, Sanya enjoys the best coastal scenery of Hainan Island. With bright sunshine, fine and pleasant weather, soft white sandy beach, pure sea water and comfortable seaside resorts, Sanya is an incomparable place to spend the holiday.  Sanya Highlights: • Known as “the Oriental Hawaii”, Sanya has the most beauty beach of China - Yalong Bay, which stretches 7.5 km, is a crescent-shaped soft sandy beach with gentle and broad slope. Vast shallow-sea area embraces this beach with pure clean water and calm waves, made this beach the most popular attraction and also the best swimming spot. Besides, Sanya Bay and Dadonghai Bay are also ideal places for strolling, swimming, diving and water skiing, etc.  • Wuzhizhou Island with abundant vegetation resources and flash water resource, is only 30km away from Sanya. Except for the beautiful tropical landscape, the exciting aquatic sports are another choice to experience this island. ♦ Lijiang Rich in natural and cultural resources, Lijiang is a well-known city that famous for its grand mountain-view, serenity lake-view, steep valley-view and peaceful old town-view multi-ranged scenery. It is, therefore, an ideal place suitable for a whole year round travel, for both nature lovers and anyone interested in ancient people groups and their customs.   Lijiang Highlights: • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the holy mountain worshiped by Naxi people. Renowned for its dignified momentum, elegant figure and mysterious legends, this mountain is yet to be conquered by a human.  • Lugu Lake is about 300km to the northeast of Lijiang City, is a paradise that far from the stir of society and unspoiled virgin land in Yunnan. Mosuo people is the main inhabitant there, which well remained the custom of primeval matri-clan system.  • As one of the deepest valleys in China, Tiger Leaping Gorge locates 60km north of Lijiang, around 15km in length, is known throughout the world for its amazedness, awesomeness and strangeness. ♦ Hangzhou Hangzhou is famous for its profound historical accumulations, and especially, for the paradise-like natural scenery. Since ancient times, it has enjoyed a title as “one of the most beautiful and elegant cities of the world”. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular tourist cities of China, which with many splendid sightseeing attractions, attracting people from home and abroad.   Hangzhou Highlights: • West Lake is a previous natural gift of Hangzhou as an apple of the eye. Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake as a place of intoxicating beauty as for its vast serenity water surface and the long narrow river levee that full of sense of “willow down and flowers reign”. • Only 5km away from West Lake, Xixi National Wetland Park is a rare and the only inner city wetland park in China, which combines urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland three together.  • Has 1,078 small islands within the range, Thousand-islet Lake hence the name. Surrounded by verdant mountains, the crystal-clear lake, which is dotted by the 1,078 islets, is like a mirror covered with a great amount of jade.    ♦ Shigatse  Shitatse means “the Best Manor with Fertile Land” in Tibetan language. It is a national historical and cultural city, but the majestic natural scenes it owns, made it one of the best destinations for nature lovers as well, which gives you the highest mountain of the world, the largest inland lake of north Himalaya and other miracles of nature.   Shigatse Highlights: • Mt. Everest (Mt Qomolangma) is the ultimate goal of mountaineers. It is the mighty king of mountains with its waist hidden in the clouds. Each year, a great number of brave robust mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long dream by climbing onto and looking over from the world's highest peak. • As one of the grand 3 sacred lakes in Tibet, Yamdrok Lake reflects the color of sky - elegant sapphire blue, is the transformation of a goddess.  The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northwest.   ♦ Chongqing/Yichang Yangtze River is one of the most popular tourist destinations of China, especially for the section betweenChongqing and Yichang, where you will be deeply impressed with the beauty of spectacular Three Gorges, elegant Shennong Streem or Lesser Three Gorges and mighty Three Gorges Dam, etc. Yangtze River Highlights: • Three Gorges is an outstanding natural attraction of Yangtze River, which consists of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorgeand Xiling Gorge. Qutang Gorge or Kui Gorge, though is the shortest one (8km), is considered as the most magnificent and awesome gorge among the three gorges with its steep cliffs stick into the water straightforward. Wu Gorge is known for its zigzags turnings, deep valleys and forest covered mountains. Xiling Gorge is the longest gorge among them that full of shoals and rapid currents.  • As one of the tributaries of Yangtze River, Shennong Stream is an important attraction that renowned for its special virtues of serenity, uniqueness, primitiveness and wilderness. With a total length of about 60 km, one exciting sport played here is "Gliding in Water". 

  • Kids' Learning Games and Activities to Inspire Learning

    Play is work to children. Kids' learning games and preschool educational activities are the best tools to teach children. It is through play that kids enjoy themselves and find learning fun. This positive experience turns a child into a passionate learner in years to come. It helps to nurture the attitude and mindset of a child to be a keen learner since young.The child will take this positive mindset to adulthood. Having a right learning attitude is important since one can never stop learning throughout in life.With this strong belief, I turn from a professional executive into a stay at home mom to coach my children. To me, parents need to take responsibility to create learning opportunities for our children. This is what we have done..."What matters is that our children grow up to have a LOVE for Learning, and to be Life-Long Learners. It is a Marathon, not a Sprint."- Heng Swee Keat, Singapore Education Minister.

  • How to Have Fun With the Kids As an Aupair

    When you are an au pair, your job is based around the children. Being with them like 10 hours a day, 7 days a week can make you feel like you're becoming a bore and that you have nothing else do to, but as long as you're with the kids and keep yourself open, you can do nothing but fun! 1Ask the kids for ideas of things that they enjoy.Are they artsy? Are they athletic? Love reading? Math? Cooking? Find something based in one of their special areas.2Ask the guest parents if there are any limits to what you can do, if they don't want the kids to burn the house down baking a cake, then don't bake a cake. 3Pick something special for each week that will keep them on their toes. If your children are artsy, then here comes my example...... 4Go to Ikea, pick up some of those super cheap wooden picture frames that are sold in the 3 packs. Maybe a couple, 3 for each kid, and yourself. This costs roughly 1€50 per, but I'm sure the host parents will help. 5Pick up paint, sparkles, glue, feathers. Anything that your kid can handle that isn't too difficult to clean up! 6Bring the supplies home and find a time that is great for all the kids. 7Set up a table, call them down and decorate! 8When all is done, search through albums with them (at the discretion of the parents) and help them find pictures that work great! 9Clean up the mess, but make sure they help. You aren't the slave, and it will teach them equality. 

  • How to bargain when in China???

    If you want to buy something at a market in China, you should remember that you can buy it for at least half the initial price if you know how. Haggling is a true skill -- start honing your skills now.Wouldn’t it be great if you could BARGAIN for everything you wanted? Really, everything – from breakfast to lunch, T-shirts, umbrella’s, and…classes? In China, unless it’s a retail store, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to bargain for what you want. In fact, I was able to talk down the price of a Chinese Language Course, taught through a school, from 120 RMB to 80RMB per hour!Bargaining is a part of life here in China. Most Chinese people expect to haggle over outrageous prices at the market, but foreigners can often get lost in the shuffle. When the US Dollar to Chinese Yuan is 1:6.6, all of a sudden that 50 Yuan shirt is seen as “so cheap! It’s barely $8!” All of a sudden, Westerners are buying souvenirs at triple the price Chinese tourists are paying. Many Chinese merchants know that their Western counterparts are ignorant of the rules of bargaining, and they use that to their advantage. So for those of you who may be travelling to the Middle Kingdom soon, here are my 5 best tips on how to score the biggest deals…First, Foremost, Most Important and so on…NEVER start bargaining for something you don’t intend to buy. This is considered rude, and you could end up insulting the shop owner and making yourself look bad. If you don’t want it, a simple No Thanks or “bu yao” (I don’t want) will suffice. Sometimes you have to employ the old Cold Shoulder technique, but if you don’t want it, don’t act like you’re going to buy it. There’s something called “saving face” that works into this, but that’s an entirely different story that I’ll get to later on in the week. But I digress…1. Never act excited. I’ve always found that the less you appear to want something, the lower the price goes. Even if you found that ONE perfect item you’ve been looking for, appear disinterested. A lot of times the price will drop just so the shop keeper can hope to inspire a sale.2. Cut the price in half, then half it again. At many markets, especially markets with a large number of tourists, prices can sky rocket. A good rule of thumb is to half the price twice. So when a T-shirt costs 100 RMB, start bargaining at 25 RMB. You’ll likely to meet the shop keeper somewhere in the middle, which is probably closer to the price the shirt was worth in the first place.3. You’re not stealing their money. Bargaining is a game. When the shop keeper sees you eyeing that T-shirt, they’ll ask you if you like it. (Remember – act disinterested!) Reply with an “I dunno…how much is it?” You’ll most likely get an answer close to “120 Yuan, but I’ll give you a special price – 100 Yuan!” This is where you looked outraged, and say “100 Yuan?? Tai gui le!” (Too expensive!) The shop keeper will then ask you how much you’ll pay for it, and I always start out around 15 or 20 Yuan. So say “I’m not sure, I already have something similar…I guess…15 RMB?” Then they’ll look outraged and say “15? No! I lose money!” You’ll get loads of different answers – I’m losing money, I have to feed my family, that’s too little, I need to pay for my (insert a phone, electric or other bill payment here). The bottom line is – no one will sell you anything if they weren’t making money off it. If you really think that that T-shirt is only worth 30 Yuan, and the shop keeper won’t go lower than 45, don’t be afraid to…4. Walk Away. Walking away can often lead to the price of something being lowered. I’ve gotten all the way to another street when a vendor came chasing after me, waving my would-be purchase in her hands agreeing to my price. Walking away suggests that you’ll look to make another purchase somewhere else, and often a seller would rather sell you something of THEIRS for a lower price than lose a sale to their competitors.5. Shop Around. In the Yu Garden, shop keepers are all selling the same things, so often you can find that same, “one of a kind” item at another stall for a cheaper price. In fact, if you’re at the Yu Garden, there are many shops outside the Yu Market itself that sell the same items as the market does – and those are even cheaper. Don’t limit yourself to one shop unless it’s really something you haven’t seen anywhere else.

  • Newcomer :)

    Hey guys and girls!This is Mariola from Poland. She arrived here yesterday. We will do our best to make her stay in Shanghai enjoyable. Welcome to China, Mariola! :)

  • Join us!

    Dajia hao! (Hello everybody!) :)My name is Jovana, and I work as a coordinator in the agency called OuBei AuPair, located in Shanghai. Our task is to match the host families all around China with the Au Pairs all around the world, to break the barriere between the west and the east. If you're still willing to find out more, keep reading :)I'll be honest with you, this is not about the money and the real job, more like cultural exchange. What we offer you is to live with the Chinese family, accomondation and food, all the necessary papers for the chinese visa, as well as all the costs for the insurance, Mandarin classes 4 hours per week, reimbursement money for your flight ticket, pocket money of minimum 1000 RMB is guaranteed (which is around 150 US dollars), bonus money at the end of contract, Au Pair activities, availability 24/7 for the emergency, and a lot more. If you work more than 30 hours per week, it's up to you whether you want more free time or more cash. Chinese families are a little bit different from the western host families, and here's why:  Most of them are generous and they'll take you with them wherever they travel, you can see some amazing places without a penny spent. Also, most of them have their own maid/driver/cooker, but they pay a lot of attention to the education of their kids. So basically your job is to teach them English and play with them just a couple of hours per day. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? I, myself, was an Au Pair here for 9 months and I liked it so much that I've decided to stay in Shanghai :) If you think this sounds too good to be true, check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OuBeiAuPair/?ref=hlWe started our business a few months ago, so this is not a scam. If you're interested, please send me a request for the application form, and I'll gladly send you one. You can reach me at jovana@aupair-qn.com, or add me on skype: jovanajbtkonj. If you have any questions/doubts, do not hesitate to contact me.Have a nice day :)Jovana

  • Traditional clothes festival

    With time-honored history of more than 5000 years,China enjoys many traditional festivals, all of which are the great reflection of profound Chinese culture. Chinese Festival page introduces the most important traditional festivals in China, ranging from Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Tom-sweeping Day to Dragon Festival and Mid-autumn Day. Each festival has its own significance , feature and celebration forms. After discovering them, you will get more ideas about Chinese culture.Spring FestivalSpring Festival is one of the most important and ceremonious festival in China, which is from the first day to the 15th day of the first month in the lunar calendar. Spring Festival to China, what Christmas to America. About one month ahead of the spring festival, people will get preparation for it, such as cleaning house, do shopping and making storable food. For celebrating the festival, people will hang couplets and red lanterns onto the doors, and play firecrackers delightfully, and everywhere is permeated with holiday atmosphere. Another important thing for the Spring Festival is family reunion and people working far away from home will get back home for family reunion. On the family union dinner, people will usually enjoy the appetizing family reunion dinner together. On the family reunion dinner, the young express best wishes and toast for the elder's health and happiness. On the family reunion dinner, children will get the lucky money from the elder after saying "Happy New Year" to the elder. On the first day of the festival, children will dress their new clothes and pay a new year's visit to their relatives, then they will give them new year's money. In the following days, people will pay a new year's visit to relatives and friends, and expressing their good wishes to the next year to each other. The last day, on the 15th day of the festival, would be the world-famous Lantern Festival. Since Spring Festival is a traditional Chinese festival, there is still some taboos about it. During Spring Festival, unlucky behaviors and words should be avoided because those bad things may happen if these words are spoken out. Such words as bad, dead, kill, ache and the likes are not welcome. Moreover, water should not be sprinkled out of the house, which may bring bad luck to the new year. Also when holding the fragile articles like plates, cups and glasses, the one should be particularly careful and never break them. What is more, neither sweeping the floor nor cutting hair is welcome on the spring festival. While different regions have different taboos on the Spring Festival. Mid-autumn DayMid-autumn day, anther traditional festival in China, is celebrated on August 15th in lunar calendar every year. On the mid-autumn day, the full moon will appear, which symbolizes reunion in Chinese cultures, so the mid-autumn day is also called Reunion Festival. Since mid-autumn day is an important festival in China, there are some traditional customs for this festival. Customs for Mid-autumn Day Moon Worship Moon worship is a quite time-honored tradition in China, which could be traced back to Zhou dynasty in ancient Chinese history. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation. In modern times, people usually display moon cakes as well as other fruits on the table in the yard. After moon has eaten the moon cakes, they will retreat the table and eat the worshiped moon cakes with family members to pray for health and happiness. Appreciating the Moon Appreciating the moon is another activity for the mid-autumn day. On the night of mid-autumn day, the moon is particularly round and bright. Families will sit together and appreciate the moon while eating moon cakes. On this night, people far away from home would be quite homesick and they would express best wishes for their family while watching the moon alone. Eating Mooncake The delicately-shaped moon cake is a must-have for the Mid-autumn Day, which is made of flour filled with various kinds of fillings like nuts, eggs, beans and fruits. Since full moon symbolizes family reunion in Chinese reunion, moon cakes are usually round-shaped. That is why eating mooncakes on mid-autumn day could arouse the missing of distant relatives. Lantern FestivalLantern Festival is another important festival in China, which is celebrated on the 15th of the first month in lunar calendar every year. Lantern festival marks the end of the Spring Festival. There are some traditional customs and activities for lantern festival, which has been introduced as follows. Watching Lanterns On the Lantern Festival, splendid lanterns show would be displayed and lanterns of different shaps could be seen everywhere, which attracts uncountable visitors. Accompanying lanterns, various fireworks would be lighted, which explore and disperse into different shapes in the dark sky successively. Everywhere is permeated with delightful atmosphere on the night of lantern festival. Guessing Riddles Guessing lantern riddles is another important recreational activity in the Lantern Festival. Each lantern contains a riddle and people will guess it, which is very interesting. If someone has an answer to a riddle, he can pull the paper from the lantern and ask the organizers to verify the answer. If the answer is right, then little gifts would be presented. Since this intellectual activity is very exciting and interesting, guessing riddles on the lantern festival is quite popular among many people, old and young, man and women. Folk Dances Another important activity for the festival is the exciting folk dances, such as Lion Dance and Walking on the Stilts. In the lion dance, two dancers, on for the lion's head, the other for the loin's tail, are dressed up like big lions. The dancers take coordinated and rhythmic steps and perform with the music of loud gongs and drums. Sometimes, it jumps, sometimes it roars. Another representative folk dance during the lantern festival is walking on the stilts. The performers' feet are bended onto the stilts and they walks on stilts. Dressed up gorgeously, the performers impersonate different animals, such as monks, clowns, fishermen and the likes, which appeals many visitors. Eating Yuan Xiao As for food, people usually eat ball-shaped sweet dumplings in this festival,also called Yuanxiao in Chinese, which is made of glutinous rice flour filled diversified fillings. So the Lantern Festival is also called Yuanxiao Festival. Dragon Boat FestivalDragon Boat Festival, another traditional festival in China, falls on the May 5th in lunar calendar every year, which is celebrated to commemorate an ancient patriotic poet named Qu Yuan. Customs on this festival are listed as follows: Eating Rice Dumpling (Zong zi) On the Dragon Boat Festival, people will eat the triangle-shaped rice dumplings, zong zi literally in Chinese, which is made of glutinous rice filled with different kinds of fillings like dates, nuts and beans. Many families made rice dumplings at home by themselves. After the rice with fillings is prepared, people will wrap the rice with reed leaves into triangle-shape and then boil it for 20 minutes. Dragon Boat Racing Another important activity on this festival is holding Dragon Boat race in honor of the great poem Qu Yuan. On the dragon boat racing, a competition would be held between the two teams. The one who reach the final destination first is the winner. It was said that the winning team would bring harvest and happiness to the people of their villages.Generally, a team member stands in front of the boat and beats the drum to keep the delightful spirit of other members. In the competition, team work spirit is essentially needed. Making Fragrant Handicrafts for Children What is more, people will hang a special wormwood named Ai on the front door to drive out evil spirits. Moreover, women will make handicrafts with different ships and fill them with special fragrant ingredients. After finished, they will hang the delicate handicraft to the kids' necks to pray for their healthy and happiness.  The Chinese Valentines' DayThe Chinese Valentines' Day, also know as Double Seventh Festival, is another traditional festival in China, which is celebrated on July 7th in lunar calendar every year and is particularly popular among young valentines. About the origin of this festival, there comes a legend. It was told that there was a poor cow boy, who felt in love with a weaving girl, 7th daughter of Emperor of Heaven. They lived a happy life and had two babies. When the Emperor of Heaven heard this, she got angry and take the weaving girl back to heaven, while the cowboy held the hands of the weaving girl tightly. Seeing this, the Emperor of Heaven drew the silver river with her hairpin between them and they were separated eventually. The weaving girl was forced to move to the star Vega and the cowboy moved to the star Altair. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the day of 7th day of July lunar month. It was legendarily told that on the Double Seventh Day, people could see the weaving girl and cowboy's dating on the Silver River. If you hide yourself under the fruit trellis, you might overhear the honey conversations between cowboy and weaving girl on this night. On the Chinese Valentine's Day, people in love usually go to the Matchmaker's Temple to pray for their love and possible marriage. People still single will do the same thing to ask for good luck of love in the Matchmaker's temple. On this romantic night, girls usually set tables with fruits displayed to pray for intelligence and sweet love. Tomb-sweeping DayTomb-sweeping Day, also known as pure brightness day, is one of the most important traditional festivals in China, which usually falls onto 4th, 5th or 6th of April. On the tomb-sweeping day, people will visit their ancestors' graves and mourn for the dead, burning incense, offering food and paper coins. They will also clean the grave area, such as getting rid of weeds growing around the tomb and removing dust on the tomb-grave. After that, some flowers would also be presented. People usually refresh earth, sacrifice and show flows to their ancestor's on this special day. During the days around Qingming, everything is recovered and refreshed, so many outdoor activities like traveling around, flying kites and planting trees are favored by many people.

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