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  • Au Pairs Travel in China

    Au Pairs Travel in China

    1.     Hong Village(宏村) - A Village in Chinese Painting  Hong Village is located on the southwest of the foot of Huangshan Mountain, 11 miles from Yi County in Anhui Province. The name of the village which is a bull-shaped antique one belonging to the Land of Peach Blossom of old Yi County symbolizes expansion and prosperity. It has a long history of more than 900 years featuring green hills and limpid river. Therefore, people always call it "A Village In Chinese Painting.         2.     Mount Huangshan- the best in all the land of mountains     Mountain Huangshan is located in southern Anhui Province in Huangshan City, as the high            mountains in one of "the best in all the land of mountains," Huang Di once the alchemy. Xu          Xiake had two tours to Mount Huangshan, leaving the "five Yues return from Mount                    Huangshan, guilaibukan" plaint. Li Bai and other poets in this left a beautiful poem. China's            most beautiful, striking one of ten famous mountains. Mount Huangshan is a famous summer        resort, is a national scenic area and health resort. Selected in 1985 ten national scenic spot, in       1990 December was listed by UNESCO as "world cultural and natural heritage", is one of the       second Chinese culture, at the same time as a natural heritage included in the directory.            3. Wuyi Mountain      Wuyi Mountains is thousands of kilometers long, just like a green dragon flying among Min,         Zhe, Gan and Yue, four provinces. The world famous Wuyi Mountains nature reserve of             national level is just located on the highest place of the northern part of Wuyi Mountains; it         has the biggest acreage, best-preserved mid-subtropical ecological system in southeastern             China. It is selected as a world biological reserve and the A Reserve with world protection           value by the United Nations. The natural condition inside the reserve is very advantageous, the       forest cover is well preserved, biological resource is very rich, and there are many rare birds         and animals. 2466 kinds of higher plants, 840 kinds of lower plants, 475 kinds of spinal                 animals, and about 5000 kinds of insects have been formally named. There are 26 kinds of           most valuable plants, 56 kinds of national first and second class valuable animals, in addition,       several dozens of world rare breeds such as "Jiao Guai" can be found here.    3.     Xiapu(福建霞浦)   Xiapu city, a holy land enclosed by mountains and sea, a wellness garden congregating talents has been endowed with great beauty, deep love and broad view by heaven. A “Shell mound relics” is remained in Huanggua Mountain of Xiama Village, Shajiang Town in Xiapu about 4000 B.C., which is the birthplace of East Fujian’s civilization. Xiapu located in the central point of China’s golden coast, with the longest coast line in the western coast of Taiwan Straits, and is set up as a county as early as the 3rd year of Taikang Emperor in Jin Dynasty, and was always the capital of East Fujian From Tang Dynasty to Qing Dynasty. Xiapu boasts excellent ocean shipping condition, and had been abundant in materials and owned a perfect port, which is called as “Zhou State and Lu State along the coast and gateway city among Fujian, Zhejiang anTaiwan” (Zhou State and Lu State are two ancient China’s states with brilliant civilization).    

  • Au Pair's Study In China

    Au Pair's Study In China

    1)Hand WritingThe art of calligraphy is widely practiced and revered in the East Asian civilizations that use Chinese characters. These include China, Japan, Korea, and formerly Vietnam. In addition to being an artform in its own right, calligraphy has also influenced ink and wash painting, which is accomplished using similar tools and techniques. The East Asian tradition of calligraphy originated and developed from China, specifically the ink and brush writing of Chinese characters. There is a general standardization of the various styles of calligraphy in the East Asian tradition. Calligraphy has also led to the development of many other forms of art in East Asia, including seal carving, ornate paperweights, and inkstones. 2)    Paper CutChinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi (剪纸) is the first type of papercutting design, since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. The art form later spread to other parts of the world with different regions adopting their own cultural styles. Because the cut outs are also used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to "chuāng huā" (窗花), meaning Window Flower.Paper-cutting is one of the oldest and the most popular folk arts in China, and can be geographically divided into southern and northern style. The southern style, represented by works from Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province and Leqing in Zhejiang Province, featured ingenious and beautiful design, exquisite carve and interesting shape. However, northern style, mainly from Yuxian and Fengning in Hebei Province and best represented by works from northern Shaanxi, featured overstatement, vigorousness, vivid depiction and diversity.  3)    Kung fuKung Fu (also known as wushu or martial arts) is one of the most well known examples of traditional Chinese culture. it is probably one of the earliest and longest lasting sports which utilizes both brawn and brain. The theory of Kungfu is based upon classical Chinese philosophy. Over its long history it has developed as a unique combination of exercise, practical self-defense, self-discipline and art. In sports like track and field, ball sports, weightlifting, and boxing, an athlete typically has to retire from full participation in his 30s. Injuries sustained during years of active sport participation at a young age can that affect our health in later life. In Chinese Kung fu however, a distinction is made between "external" and "internal" kung fu. It is said that "In external kung fu, you exercise your tendons, bones, and skin; in internal kung fu, you train your spirit your qi, and your mind." 4)GuzhengThe guzheng or gu zheng (Chinese: 古箏; pinyin: gǔzhēng) is a Chinese plucked zither. It has 18 or more strings and movable bridges, and the modern guzheng usually has 21 strings and bridges. The picks (called "DaiMao") used by performers to play guzheng are often made out of the shells of hawksbill turtles.There are many techniques used in the playing of the guzheng, including basic plucking actions (right or both hands) at the right portion and pressing actions at the left portion (by the left hand to produce pitch ornamentations and vibrato) as well as tremolo (right hand). These techniques of playing the guzheng can create sounds that can evoke the sense of a cascading waterfall, thunder, horses' hooves, and even the scenic countryside. Plucking is done mainly by the right hand with four plectra (picks) attached to the fingers. Advanced players may use picks attached to the fingers of both hands. In more traditional performances however, plectra are used solely on the right hand, reflecting its use for melodic purposes and its relative importance in comparison to the left hand which is used solely for purposes of ornamentation.

  • Au Pair's Food in China

    Au Pair's Food in China

    In China there are "Four Flavour and Eight Regional cuisines" The "four flavors" refer to those of Shandong, Sichuan, Guangdong and Huai Yang (Yangzhou). The "eight regional cuisines" refer to Shandong Cuisine, Sichuan Cuisine, Hunan Cuisine,Guangdong Cuisine, Fujian Cuisine, Jiangsu Cuisine, Zhejiang Cuisine and Anhui Cuisine.1.1鲁菜 Lu CuisineLu Cuisine is one of the most influential and popular cuisines in China. Shandong Cuisine what’s finely minced". It emphasizes purity of the seasonings and is a little salty. Dezhou Stewed Chicken: the chicken skin is bright and ruddy, and the meat is fat and tender. When eating it hot, diners simply grip the feet and shake it, and the meat separates from the bones. Sweet smelling and tasty, it is the traditional flavor of Dezhou. 1.2. 川菜 Chuan Cuisine (Sichuan Cuisine)Sichuan Cuisine is a local cuisine that developed in early times, forming part of the culture of ancient Sichuan in Southwestern China. If the cook there is skillful enough, seven flavors—sour, sweet, bitter, spicy, tongue numbing, aromatic and salty should be detected. Most are economic and flavorful home style dishes, simple and fresh. Mapo (meaning "pockmarked lady" in Chinese) Tofu (Sautéed Tofu in Hot and Spicy Sauce): It is a traditional flavorful dish.  1.3. 粤菜 Yue Cuisine (Guangdong Cuisine)Yue Cuisine refers to that of Guangdong Province, mainly composed of the flavors of Guangzhou, Chaozhou and Dongjiang and best represented by that of Guangzhou. It has strict requirements in regard to ingredients, cutting skill, cooking duration, tableware, serving style and so on. Sliced Boiled Chicken: The simmering technique stresses duration and it is best when the chicken is underdone on the shank.  1.4. 闽菜 Min Cuisine (Fujian Cuisine)Min Cuisine is short for Fujian Cuisine, originating in Minhou County of Fujian Province Everything sliced preserves and reveals its original aroma and texture of the ingredients. Fotiaoqiang, meaning the Buddha jumping over the wall (Steamed Abalone with Shark Fin and Fish Maw in Broth): This was created at the end of the 19th century by Zheng Chunfa. It stresses the selection of ingredients, duration of stewing and timing. It is delicious with a strong fragrance, and tender enough to dissolve immediately in the mouth. It also has abundant nutrition and is the most famous traditional dish of Fuzhou.  1.5. 苏菜 Su Cuisine (Jiangsu Cuisine)Su Cuisine is the local cuisine of Jiangsu Province on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, with the Huaihe River passing through. The cutting skill is exquisite and the cooking methods are varied—braising, stewing, simmering and warming. Squirrel-like Mandarin Fish: It's a famous Suzhou dish, with exquisite color, fragrance, taste and shape.  1.6. 浙菜 Zhe Cuisine (Zhejiang Cuisine)Zhejiang Province adjoins the sea in the east. The famed Zhoushan Fishery is located here with abundant sea products. It uses lees as seasoning and stresses the cooking skills of stewing, braising, pot-roasting and so on. The fragrant soft Dongpo Pork Elbow and the sour and sweet West Lake Fish are also famous.   1.7. 湘菜 Xiang Cuisine (Hunan Cuisine)Xiang Cusine refers to Hunan Cuisine. Hunan Cuisine favors sour and spicy flavors. Dishes with pickled vegetables and red pepper are appetizing and refreshing.  Mxied Preserved Meat: Cured meat is an important characteristics of Hunan Cuisine, with many kinds of ingredients such as pork, beef, chicken, fish, duck, etc.  1.8. 徽菜 Hui Cuisine (Anhui Cuisine)Hui Cuisine refers to Anhui Cuisine, which was famed throughout China a hundred years ago, and, as the story goes, the restaurants of Anhui at that time were large, with the uniform rosewood furniture showing a rich heroic spirit. However, in the fierce competition of the modern catering industry, it quietly declined, and, if one does not travel to the Yellow Mountain, it is now difficult to taste the authentic Anhui Cuisine elsewhere. 

  • Being an au pair in China

    Being an au pair in China

       You still don't know where to go and what to do for this winter holiday?   Coming to China and being an au pair in China is relly a nice choice, you don't need to worry about how you will get your visa and your plane tickets and how much you will pay for the journey. we will fix all the problems to be caused in the future.   Action speaks lounder than desire, if you are interested,please don't be hesitate.Let's go.   You will have a deep impression of our Chinese culture and fantastic experience here. Welcome boys and girls  

  • Chinese mythology

    Chinese mythology

    Pangu Separates the Sky from the Earth      The sky and the earth were at first one blurred entity like an egg. Pangu was born into it. The separation of the sky and the earth took eighteen thousand years-the yang which was light and pure rose to become the sky, and the yin which was heavy and murky sank to form the earth. Between them was Pangu, who went through nine changes every day, his wisdom greater than that of the sky and his ability greater than that of the earth. Every day the sky rose ten feet higher, the earth became ten feet thicker, and Pangu grew ten feet taller. Another eighteen thousand years passed, and there was an extremely high sky, an extremely thick earth, and an extremely tall Pangu. Then came the Three Emperors.So these numbers came into existence and evolve like this. The numb or begins with one, becomes established at three, is completed at five, prospers at seven, and ends in nine. So the sky is ninety thousand li(2) from the earth. 女娲造人Nv Wa Made Man女娲 是中国上古神话中的创世女神。传说女娲用泥土仿照自己创造了人,创造了人类社会。又替人类建立了婚姻制度,使青年男女相互婚配,繁衍后代,因此被传为婚姻女神。是中华民族伟大的母亲,她慈祥地创造了我们,又勇敢地照顾我们免受天灾。是被民间广泛而又长久崇拜的创世神和始祖神。It is said that there were no men when the sky and the earth were separated. It was Nv Wa who made men by moulding yellow clay. The work was so taxing that her strength was not equal to it. So she dipped a rope into the mud and then lifted it. The mud that dripped from the rope also became men. Those made by moulding yellow clay were rich and noble, while those made by lifting the rope were poor and low. 共工触怒不周山Gong Gong infuriated Bu Zhou Mountain传说在洪荒时代,水神共工和火神祝融因故吵架而大打出手, 最后祝融打败了共工,水神共工因打输而羞愤的朝西方的不周山撞去, 哪知那不周山是撑天的柱子,不周山崩裂了,撑支天地之间的大柱断折了,天倒下了半边,出现了一个大窟窿,地也陷成一道道大裂纹。It is said there were two deities, Gong Gong, the God of the water, and Zhu Rong, the God of fire. One day, they fell in battle. They fought all the way from heaven to earth,causing turmoil everywhere. The God of Fire won and in anger the God of struck his head aganist Bu Zhou Mountain. The mountain collapsed and down came the big pillar that held heaven from earth. The sky slanted to the north west and the earth to the southwest, and so, since then, the sun, the moon and the stars turn towards the west and all rivers run southeast. 女娲补天Nv Wa Mending the heaven在极其遥远的古代,天空发生了坍塌,形成巨大的黑洞。人类面临灭绝的危险。伟大的人类之母女娲不得不整顿宇宙秩序。这时,女娲取来五种颜色的石头,把石头熔炼成五彩岩浆,然后把岩浆涂抹在天空,补上了黑洞。补完天空以后,女娲又修补大地。最后,女娲擒杀了危害人类的黑龙。人类在女娲的保护下,重新过上了平安幸福的生活。Nv Wa, mending the heaven.In very ancient times, Heaven broke and fell,leaving a huge black hole. Humans were faced with the risk of extinction. NV Wa, the great mother of the human race,had to reorganize the Universe. NV Wa brought five-colored stones, melted them and used the colorful magma of Heaven to mend the black hole. Later,Nüwa repaired Earth, too. In the end, Nv Wa killed the black dragon that was threatening human beings. With the protection of Nv Wa, human beings once again began to lead a happy and peaceful life. 精卫填海The bird Jingwei trying to fill the sea 从前,炎帝(传说中中国原始社会的统治者)的小女儿在东海上划船。正当她划得高兴时,海面上突然升起一阵大风,把她的小船弄翻了。就在她要被汹涌的波浪吞没时,她的灵魂变成了一只美丽的小鸟。它飞过那咆哮的海面,伤心的叫着"精卫,精卫"的声音。所以人们就叫她"精卫"。 精卫鸟住在靠海的一座山上。它非常恨大海,所以决心要把它填平。它每天来回于山海之间,把从山上衔来的小树枝和小石子扔在大海里。 一天,咆哮的大海对精卫说:"可怜的小鸟,停止你那无谓的举动吧!你是永远都填不平我的。" 精卫回答说:"我当然会把你填平的!即使这需要千千万万年的时间,我也一定会斗争到底,直到你的末日来临!" 这只勇敢的小鸟继续从山上衔来小树枝和小石子,扔到东海中,从未有片刻休息。 "精卫填海"这个成语就是由这个传说而来的,形容那些坚定不移,不屈不挠,不到目的决不罢休的人。  Once upon a time, the youngest daughter of Emperor Yan, legendary ruler of primitive China, went boating on the Eastern Sea. While she was enjoying herself, a strong wind rose on the sea and her boat capsized. Just before she was buried by the surging waves, her spirit turned into a beautiful bird. As it flew over the roaring sea, it cried sadly in the sound "jinwei, jingwei". That was why people called it "Jingwei".   The bird lived on a mountain near the sea. It hated the sea so much that it decided to fill it up. Every day, it flew to and fro between the mountain and the sea, carrying in a twig or a pebble from the mountain and dropping it into the sea.   One day, the roaring sea said to Jingwei, "Poor little bird, stop doing that meaningless thing! You'll never fill me up." Jingwei replied, "I'll fill you up no doubt! I will, even if it'll take me thousands of years! I'll fight on until doomsday!"   The brave little bird kept carrying twigs and pebbles from the mountain to the Eastern Sea without taking a rest.   From this fable comes the idiom "The bird Jingwei trying to fill the sea". We use it to describe people who are firm and indomitable and will not stop until they reach their goal. 

  • Gap Years: What Is A Gap Year Before College (And Should You Take One)?

    Gap Years: What Is A Gap Year Before College (And Should You Take One)?

    ShareTweetTumblrCommentDo you get tired just thinking about another year of homework and exams? Are you ready for a new adventure -- but not the kind that involves buying books and late nights in the library? While your friends sit through lecture this fall, you could be promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in Vietnam, learning Spanish in Peru, or interning in New York City. How? By taking a gap year. Taking time off before college is a major decision, so let us help you decide if this road less traveled is right for you.What is a gap year, exactly?"Gap time" is a year or semester students take off before enrolling in college. It doesn’t have be time dawdling at home -- "gappers" typically work to save money, volunteer, intern, or study a language abroad. Most students elect this time off because they don't feel prepared for college or they're looking for more life experience first. According to Jason Sarouhan, a counselor at Center for Interim Programs, a gap year consulting organization, gap years enable young people to gain more independence and self-empowerment. "The time between high school and college offers the natural opportunity to take a break and to recalibrate one’s focus and centeredness," he says, adding that young people can benefit from structured time away from school or work.Why consider taking a gap year?Gap time is meant to revitalize your mind –- to avoid the burnout that can accompany immediately taking on more intense coursework. "Gap time is a chance to reconnect with a love of learning and a sense of curiosity about the world," says Sarouhan. Robin Pendoley, the Co-Founder and CEO of the gap year program Thinking Beyond Borders, adds that gap-year students gain experience that helps them connect ideas in college –- they’re able to better put everything they’ll be studying in context. "Gap year students tend to own their learning and college experience," he said "As a result, they get far more out of the time, energy, and money they invest in college."How should you expect to grow during your gap year?However gappers spend their time off, they tend to develop a better idea of how they want to spend the rest of their lives. "A well-designed gap year helps students find direction, purpose, and passion for their learning," said Pendoley. "They can return to school with a clear understanding of the opportunity it represents to become an expert in an area the student is truly passionate about and committed to." High school seniors who go abroad or volunteer at home will even emerge from their gap time with a broadened world view.Can you afford to take a gap year?If you choose to work full-time at home during your gap year, you probably won't need to worry about expenses. What about recent grads hoping to jet off to Asia to volunteer or study Italian in Rome? Gap-year advocates like Pendoley opine that price shouldn’t be an excuse to not consider a gap year. Gap year programs typically cost far less than one year of university tuition. Though prices may range from $10,000-$15,000 for a full year program designed by a gap year organization, less costly programs are available. Keep in mind that it's possible to travel and work during your gap year in order to save money for your college years.Taking a gap year is an untraditional path. How do you tune out the naysayers?Whether it’s family, friends, or your high school history teacher, you might have to quell some criticisms of your pursuit. Why might they question a gap year? Skewing from the traditional path from high school to college isn’t the norm. So, do your research and debunk skeptics' misconceptions. "With studies showing as many as 30% of college students failing to graduate and the average length of an undergraduate career over 5 years, any investment we make to help students gain the sense of direction and purpose they need in college is a good thing," says Pendoley.As far as I'm concerned, a gap year out is really a precious experience for a life long time. And during your gap year, being an au pair here in China with the help of our Ou Bei Au Pair contact center is really reliable. 

  • Culture Shock is a Good Thing?

    Culture Shock is a Good Thing?

    Stop Freaking Out! It's Fine.As you lay snivelling and curled into the foetal position under your bed in a hostel room that could pass for a Saw film set, you could be forgiven for concluding that the culture shock which has reduced you to a trembling husk of your former self is something negative.Good news! It’s not. In fact, it is remarkably positive. And this is why.

  • Tibetan New Year

    Tibetan New Year

    Losar -- the Tibetan New Year -- is the greatest festival in Tibet.In ancient times when the peach tree was in blossom, it was considered as the starting of a new year. Since the systematization of the Tibetan calendar in 1027 AD., the first day of the first month became fixed as Losar, the New Year.Tibetans begin preparing for New Year's Day in the 12th month in the Tibetan calendar, with initial activities including the use of green shoots of highland barley as offerings to the statues of Buddha.Activities around the middle of the month include preparing fried wheat dough mixed with butter. The end of the month approaches with each household preparing a Five-Cereal Container containing items such as roasted highland barley flour mixed with butter, fried barley and dromar refreshments, adorned with highland barley ears and a butter sculpture in the shape of the head of a sheep. This is done to pray for a bumper harvest and better life in the coming year. The 29th day of the month arrives with Tibetans cleaning their kitchens and using dry wheat flour to paint eight auspicious patterns on the central wall. The whole family then gather in the evening to first eat dough drops known as Gutu in Tibetan, and then participate in a grand ritual designed to ward-off evil spirits.New Year's Day of the new Tibetan year is actually celebrated on New Year's Eve. Lime is used to paint Swastika symbols on all doors; new woven rugs are placed in the newly cleaned rooms; and sacrificial objects such as fried wheat dough, fruit, butter, tea bricks and dried fruit are placed in front of niches holding statues of Buddha.The first month of the Tibetan calendar features the greatest number of festivals of any month, with activities scheduled on almost a daily basis:The entire family arises early on the first day of the month to worship Buddha. They adorn their holiday best and greet each other holding Five-Cereal Containers and high-land barley wine. This is followed by drinking hot pear wine and consuming Tuba oatmeal and dromar refreshments fried in butter, all of which were prepared the previous day.The second day is dedicated to visiting relatives and friends.The Grand Summons Ceremony begins in Lhasa on the fourth day of the month. Zongkapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, introduced the ceremony to Lhasa in 1409 to honor Sakyamuni who subdued evil spirits. Ceremonial activities begin with lamas from Lhasa's three major monasteries reciting Buddhist sutras, lecturing on Buddhism and debating Buddhist doctrines in front of the statue of Sakyamuni in the Jokhang Monastery. Highly successful participants are granted the highest Buddhist academic title known as Lharamba Geshi. The government distributes alms to lamas during ceremonial activities, with devout Buddhists from throughout the region refilling butter lamps and presenting alms. The ceremony lasts until the 25th day of the month when the monastery greets Maitreya.

  • Au Pair-Intership program

    Au Pair-Intership program

    Au Pair China, known as a cultural exchange program with strong intercultural education components is conducted under the general guideline of International Au Pair Association (IAPA) and China Au Pair Association (CAPA). Shanghai Oubei International Au pair’s Contact Center also starts this program, helping families all around China to match with Au Pairs from all over the world. We, the agency, strive to introduce the philosophy of Au Pairing to Chinese families while exposing Chinese culture, customs, and values to foreign Au Pairs. Working as an Au pair in China makes you experience a new culture and language while working with children. This unique Au Pair program gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, learn a new language and make International friends! We welcome you to learn more and become a part of our family!Internship Program-Au Pair provides an opportunity for young professionals from different countries of the world to do internships in different countries. This is a great opportunity to gain working experience and build your worldwide network. 

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