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  • Chinese Paper Cutting

    Chinese Paper Cutting

    Paper cutting is a traditional art in China which has been making its way along the route of the long history of paper. The kind of art went after the invention of paper in Han Dynasty, Most of the paper-cutting artists are women. The themes of their works usually include everything in people's daily life from dumb things to the surroundings. Familiarity makes them understand the real spirit of the art. The main tool for paper-cutting is scissors. Once they are owned by a master of paper-cutting, they will do so well that they become so supernatural and their paper-cutting are beyond imagination flow out of his/her hands in the chattering of a common pair of scissors. Another tool for paper cutting is engraving knives which are necessary to enhance a sharpened effect or to make a delicate job. No doubt that arts come from life and serve life. Paper-cutting are very popular in the countryside. The bright colors of red, green or light blue paper-cutting provide a strong foil to set off a merry atmosphere. So they are often found in wedding ceremonies or festivals in China. And people like to decorate their windows using colorful paper-cutting of different shapes and sizes whether they be birds, animals or flowers. In different parts of china, people young or old find hope and comfort in expressing wishes with paper cuttings. For example: for a wedding ceremony, red paper cuttings are a traditional and required decoration on the tea set, the dressing table glass, and on other furniture. A big red paper character 'Xi' (happiness) is a traditional must on the newlywed's door. Upon the birthday party of a senior, the character 'Shou' represents longevity and will add delight to the whole celebration.

  • Chinese Peking Opera

    Chinese Peking Opera

    Beijing Opera is the most popular and influential opera in China with a history of almost 200 years. Beijing Opera, as the national opera, enjoys a high reputation both inside and outside China. Many foreigners have come to China to learn Beijing Opera, while many Beijing Operatroupes and famous opera actors and actresses have frequently been invited to perform abroad and have been highly appreciated by foreign audiences.Known as China's national opera, Peking Opera is a synthesis of music, dance, art and acrobatics coming from Anhui and Hubei Provinces. It was first brought into Beijing in 1790 for the birthday of the Qianlong Emperor. s mentioned earlier, specific types of facial make-up in Beijing Opera are put on the actors' faces to symbolize the personalities, characteristics, and fates of the roles.Usually, red faces have positive meanings, symbolizing brave, faithful, and wise men. Another positive color is purple, which signifies wisdom and bravery.Black faces, for their part, usually have neutral meanings, symbolizing just brave men; however, they can also represent uprightness.Blue and green faces also have neutral meanings that symbolize the hero of the bush, with the former also hinting at strength and intrepidity.Meanwhile, yellow and white faces have negative meanings that symbolize ferocious, treacherous, and crafty men.Finally, gold and silver faces symbolize mysteriousness, and stand for monsters or gods.

  • From A to Z - All you need to know

    From A to Z - All you need to know

    WHO WE ARE:We are OuBei, an Au Pair agency that matches the host families from China with the Au Pairs all over the world. We are trying to break the barriere between the west and the east, helping both parties in their best interests. Mothers often need the "third hand", young girls want more experience and to travel abroad, and as so it happens, we figured out this would be the best solution. Chinese families are a little bit different than the western families. For example, they would not treat you as a domestic help (most, if not all of them, already have a housemaid at home, cooker, driver, etc.) So what would your role be then, you're asking yourself?WHAT WE NEED:We need young people (preferably 18 - 26 years old), not only females but males as well. There are no limitations in our case, the Au Pair doesn't necessarily have to be a girl. You MUST be fluent in spoken and written English language, the chinese families are paying a lot of attention to that. The reason is that there might be some misunderstanding, so we need to find a common language. However, some families recently are looking for native french and german speakers. Apply for our program today, you have nothing to lose, only to gain! smile emoticonREQUIREMENTS:-You are willing to work with the kid(s) not more than 30 hours per day (simple play&talk)-Help the kid(s) wake up and escort them to kindergarten/school-Pick them up from school/kindergarten and escort them home safely-Teach the kid(s), review the lessons, read books and do homework with them-Play with the kid(s), do some simple crafts, mazes, tracing, clay etc. (If you are not sure how to do this, you've never been an Au Pair before - we OFFER you training, completely free of charge smile emoticonWHAT WE OFFER:There are numerous things that we offer to you, some are listed here:-Complete assistance and guidance for the chinese visa (We'll send you the needed papers via DHL)-Reimbursement money for your flight ticket (If you are short on money, we can also book and pay the flight ticket for you!)-Mandarin classes 4 hours per week (In time that is suitable for both the Au Pair and the family)-Paid insurance-Paid vacation (If you're going to stay for 1 year, you get 2 weeks free, less than 1 year, 1 week)-CertificateBENEFITS:You are going to live with the chinese family and be a part of it, it depends on you how long. We offer 3/6/9/12 months programmes. The longer you stay, the bigger benefits you have. At the end of the contract, you get 300/600/900/1200 RMB. Every month you get a pocket money of minimum 1000 RMB. It depends on your proficiency in the family if you get the bonus tip on it as well. Most of the families are really generous and they'll treat you kindly. And of course, you have free accomondation,and delicious chinese food! YUMMY.CONCLUSION:Let's be honest: You don't get the chance to live and experience China every day. The time is now or never. As a tourist, it would cost you too much (visa, flight ticket, accomondation and food...). Besides, as a tourist, 10 days wouldn't be enough to explore China, it's ENORMOUS. Not to mention the Mandarin class (Who has the money nowadays for private classes, especially for the language that's the most difficult among them all!? ) Learn with the locals how to bargain and eat with the chopsticks, visit pandas at the zoo, explore old towns... Options are endless. It's your choice.

  • Au Pair's Life in China

    Au Pair's Life in China

    When you are far away from home and live alone,no doubt, you will feel homesick and miss your family so much. However, if you seek a live-in au pair job, you won't feel lonely and helpless.Also,you can get a close look at people's lifestyles here and blend yourself into your surrounding and have a real impression of Chinese culture.  

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