China Today – Mysterious China Blog Welcome to Mysterious China Blog. The blog's main purpose is to let the world know the ancient, civilized and mysterious China. Mysterious China blog introduces all about China, including Chinese history, Chinese culture, Chinese scenery, China travel tour, Chinese food, China today, Chinese kung fu, Chinese legend and Beijing Olympics. Sun, 16 Aug 2015 22:21:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shanghai Impression Tue, 29 Nov 2011 23:40:22 +0000 shanghai-impression

The most dynamic city in the world’s fastest changing nation, Shanghai is an exhilarating, ever morphing metropolis that isn’t just living China’s dream, but is setting the pace for the rest of the world.

Shanghai is known as ‘New York of China’. Shanghai is much more Hong Kong than Beijing; there are no imperial palaces here. Instead, European-style cityscapes and tempting, tree-lined neighbor hoods rub shoulders with the sci-fi skyline of Pudong. Shanghai was where China first met the West and it’s still a frontier town, obsessed with the latest fads, fashions and technology.

But tucked between the shopping malls and the eye-popping modern architecture is the old Shanghai, where temples nestle down alleys, along with street markets and classical Chinese gardens. Shanghai is a city of stunning contrasts, where visitors can go from sipping a cocktail in a designer bar overlooking the Bund, to eating dumplings at a street stall, or gazing at a 10th century Buddhist monastery, in the space of a few hours. Summer is hot and humid, winter can get cold, but Shanghai never stops.

The city is growing too fast, with ingenuity and creativity blueprints. The thousands of overseas Chinese choosing to return to Shanghai every year, there’s no doubting that this is China’s golden land of opportunity. For the people who live here, that’s enough for the moment and their pride in their city and its progress is palpable. Once again, Shanghai has captured the world’s imagination.

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Chinese Money Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:34:12 +0000 chinese-money

The Yuan (ISO CNY) is the money of China, also known as the People’s Republic of China “Renminbi” (abbreviated as “RMB”). Its symbol is ¥.

The name of the Chinese money is the Yuan, the name Renminbi (The meaning is people’s money) was used in official circumstances. In everyday language, the Yuan is also known as Kuai, a name which is used to separate subdivision units. The Yuan is divided into 10 Jiao (or 10 Mao) and 100 fen. 1 Yuan = 10 Jiao = 100 Fen. There are bank notes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Yuan, bank notes of 1, 2 and 5 Jiao, and bank notes of 1, 2 and 5 Fen. The coins are 1 Yuan, 5 Jiao and 1, 2 and 5 Fen.

The Bank of China (Bank of China) is the largest and most widely established on the China’s territory. It has several branches in each city; The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has branches in almost every city. Other banks: the People’s Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China or the Construction Bank of China.

You can join China Notes Tours to know more about Chinese money.

Bank notes and coins in circulation in China

1 Yuan (RMB 1) = 10 Jiao (also pronounced “Mao”) and 1 Jiao = 10 fen

]]> 1 The China in the Eyes of the World Thu, 01 Jan 2009 07:54:52 +0000 the-china-in-the-eyes-of-the-world

China should have a better idea of how it is seen by the World according to the results of a comprehensive report “China in the eyes of the World” was recently in Beijing. Occidental who are more than 20 countries were surveyed for the report.

The investigation shows that China, if mentioned, “mysterious” or “old” are usually the first words that come to mind to Occidental. However, after visiting the country, their views are often completely changed. Understand that the Chinese people are the same as people in other parts of the world and his life is not so bad that the Western media often.

Although the opening ceremony of the Olympics offered a platform for the culture of China, the report shows that China abroad the impression that the majority of other films and pop culture, often very superficial. .

When asked what the best of China, most Occidental think the Great Wall, the Chinese Kung Fu and food. With the Great Wall was considered the best representation in 21% of them. Influenced by Hollywood films, many Occidental were very impressed by the Kung Fu, even though all Chinese people understand Kung Fu.

In the Chinese people respondents, 33% believed that the four great inventions of ancient China (the compass, the typography, the gunpowder and paper), better represent China. The traditional Chinese medicine only 2% of the votes, because a lack of understanding outside China.

As for the animals, the best of China, loong and panda are undoubtedly at the top with two values of 45% and 42%.

In view of the economy in China, more than sixty percent of the foreign participants that the view that China is the largest economy in the next 20 years. With the development of the economy, more people get to know, the Chinese brands. According to the survey, Lenovo and China Mobile have high recognition among the Occidental, to a separate vote by 58% and 52%.

At the same time, 64% of the Occidental citizens who believe that China’s development at the expense of the environment. Although China has made efforts to protect the environment, there is still a long way to go. In comparison to the Occidental, the Chinese have more confidence in the future in China. 60% of Chinese believe that the Chinese economy is still in the process of sustainable development and healthy development.

In a word, the investigation shows that the world still many misconceptions when it comes to China, but the World will know real China gradually.

]]> 2 Eastern Hawaii — Sanya China Thu, 04 Dec 2008 06:09:11 +0000

Sanya City located in Hainan Province of China. It’s the southernmost city in China. Sanya is the only tropical seashore tourist city in China. There are fresh air, bright blue sky, nice sunshine, pure white sandy beach, the blue sea, the flower is in full bloom in four seasons… It is praised as “Eastern Hawaii”.

But the history of Sanya is more remote than Hawaii. The history of Sanya can trace back to the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty period. Sanya is named Xiang County at that time. Because Sanya is the southernmost area in China, Sanya has been known as “The ends of the earth” all the time since ancient times. Not only sunshine, sea water, beach here, but also there are rivers, the forest, tropic animals and plants, hot spring, grotto, national custom…

Sunshine, blue sea, beach, green tree form a beautiful tropical scenery painting. When the north of China has already been in cold winter, but you can enjoy the beautiful seashore scenery in Sanya, swim to your heart’s content in the sea water, Lie on the sandy beach and listen the wave sound, let the sunshine kiss the skin…

If Shenzhen is the city with desire, then Sanya is the most romantic city. God seems to have partiality for this city, the most beautiful beach, the most beautiful sea water, beauties from all parts of the world assemble here. You will often forget time existence in this city. The beautiful sunshine and beach will tell you that this is a city that makes holiday. You can forget all troubles…

Kwan-yin in South China Sea

Dive site in Sanya — Wuzhizhou Island

The Ends of the Earth

Sanya Bay

Yalong Bay

]]> Flower City — Guangzhou China Tue, 25 Nov 2008 05:39:03 +0000

Guangzhou City is the capital of Guangdong Province. It’s the third largest city in China. The population of the whole city is more than 10 million. The third largest river in China — the Pearl River flows through the urban district of Guangzhou. Guangzhou is a well-known city with a history of more than 2200 years. It was once the Maritime Silk Road birthplace in ancient China.

The Pearl River — Mother River of Guangzhou

Guangzhou is located in the south of China, close to the South China Sea, adjoins Hong Kong and Macao. The climate is pleasant, evergreen all the year round, is praised as “The Flower City”. The Guangzhou people love flowers. Especially eve of the Spring Festival (The Spring Festival is one of the most important festivals in China), the streets are filled with flowers. Every park holds the flower show.

Flower Market of Guangzhou

The city flower of Guangzhou is kapok flower. It can be said to be the highest city flower in the world. The kapok is a kind of tree, very high. The highest one can reach seven floors of height. The very magical thing is that it does not have a slice of green leaves while blooming in spring. After all red kapok flower drop, the bare branches begin to bud. The trees are all full of red flowers, just like the red cloud. It’s very beautiful!

The city flower of Guangzhou — Kapok Flower

Guangzhou is the city full of vigor in the south of China. She merges the cultural quintessence of east and west. This is an old and fashion city.

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Back Yard Garden of Hong Kong — Shenzhen China Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:46:13 +0000 Shenzhen City is situated in the coastal area of Guangdong Province, China. Shenzhen adjoins Hong Kong, borders on the Kowloon peninsula, is known as “the Back Yard Garden of Hong Kong “. Most of population in Shenzhen is from the other places of China, so Shenzhen is known as “immigrant city”. Shenzhen is the city where has the most port in China. It’s one of the main doors where China associates with the world.

Shenzhen is a beautiful garden seashore city in the coast of the south of China. It is full of sunshine and modern breath. As the first special economic zone of China, Shenzhen has been regarded as the window of China’s reform and opening-up all the time. Shenzhen is full of passion of reform and innovation. “Speed of Shenzhen” has already become a habit expression. In short 29 years, Shenzhen grow from a small fishing village to the modernized city. GDP increases from 179 million yuan in 1979 to more than 670 billion yuan in 2007. Shenzhen has created the miracle in the international economic developing history. Shenzhen has already become one of the most developed cities of economy in China Mainland at present.

Shenzhen is an old and young city. History of Shenzhen can be traced back to more than 5000 years ago, but the development history is just only 29 years as a modern city. Shenzhen grew from a small town of border to a prosperous modernized city within 29 years.

Shenzhen is one of the important tourist cities of China. Although no historical sites, it is praised as theme park of China and innovative city of the travel. Shenzhen has already become the tourist city of multidirectional recreation. Include cityscape, sea scenery, native culture, going shopping and pastime, recreation, commercial activity and health care…

Shenzhen China is one of the cities with the fastest developing speed in China Mainland. There isn’t distance between Shenzhen and the world. It is an internationalization city. The 26th World University Games will be held here in 2011. Shenzhen is the youngest host city in history of World University Games.

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Romantic City of Chinese North — Dalian China Sat, 01 Nov 2008 00:16:19 +0000 Dalian is a seashore city full of magic power in the north of China. Dalian is a passion city full of vigor, known as “the Romantic City”. Dalian is the center of Northeast Asian trade, business, finance and travel. There is “Northern Hong Kong” good reputation.

The city green coverage rate is up to 41% in Dalian. Someone praises Dalian: Not that the garden is built in the city, but that the city is built in the garden. Dalian is the city that has the most public squares in China. There is Navy Square of the third in the world; there is Zhongshan Music Square; there is People Fountain Square; there is the largest Star Bay Square in Asia. The square is the sitting room of the city in the modern city, can receive guests after having squares, provide with recreation environment.

You can see the city building of different styles in Dalian: There are classical style buildings of China; there are column type buildings of ancient Rome; there are round vault type buildings of Europe; there are old Russian buildings, Baroque buildings; there are Byzantine type buildings; there are villa-style buildings of Japan… If Hope Tower is a graceful beautiful girl, then Dalian World Trade Tower is a handsome man in the buildings of Dalian. Old and modern, elegance with romantic, traditional China style and Occident style are combined together harmoniously.

There is much negative oxygen ion in the air of Dalian, temperature is suitable, neither very torridity nor very cold and the air is very fresh. Dalian is the summer resort. It is the city where very suitable for people live and travel. There is another city honor in Dalian. That’s the International Clothing Festival which likes carnival. There is one sentence that is spoken well: “eat in Guangzhou, play in Shanghai and wear in Dalian”.

Picturesque nature scenery, the special city buildings. Dalian of China deserves to be called a young and modern romantic city.

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“Made in China” in America Tue, 21 Oct 2008 00:16:33 +0000 You can find the products of “made in China” in nearly any American’s family. You can see the “made in China” shoes and hats, toys and handicrafts everywhere in American Wal-Mart Stores, Target, etc. supermarket. The American customers are putting the “made in China” into the shopping cart.

The housewife Sara appraises “Made in China” food: “I buy Chinese food often, the quality is very good, some food is delicious and the price is very cheap too.”

The living standard of the middle and low income groups of America have already been improved greatly, just because a large amount of “Made in China” commodity. “Made in China” enter U.S.A., has provided inexpensive goods for American people; The Chinese goods bring benefit to American people. Meanwhile, China is the export market of U.S.A. too.

Americans like “Made in China”. Americans cannot separate from “made in China” according to globalization. As to this, American writer Sara Bongiorni has written a book A Year Without “Made in China”. Sara Bongiorni whole family once tried not to buy any “Made in China” products for one year. How is this kind of life? Sara Bongiorni shows, it becomes extremely difficult that they do shopping sometimes. For example, in order to buy some birthday bougie that is not “made in China”, they ran the whole city nearly. The final result is that her son 4 years old has expressed the strong protest. Sara Bongiorni says with feeling: “You can realize the enormous inconvenience in life, we really benefit from the goods of China.” after the experiment.

The whole world economy is integration now. U.S.A. cannot separate from China and China cannot separate from U.S.A. too. You can read the works of Sara Bongiorni: A Year Without “Made in China” if you are interested.

Beautiful Beijing Make People Shake Thu, 09 Oct 2008 09:28:47 +0000 The extremely powerful photo of Beijing, it makes people enchanted and charmed after watching! Beijing is the capital of China now. The history of Beijing is more than 800 years as the dynasty capital. Beijing is a beautiful modernized metropolis. The beauty of Beijing has extremely shock. The following pictures will show one true Beijing.

1. The Tiananmen Beijing.


2. The Tiananmen Square. It is the largest city square in the world.


3. Night scene of Tiananmen.


4. The Monument to the People’s Heroes of China.


5. Zhengyangmen, so-called Qianmen.


6. The Imperial Palace of Beijing. The largest palace in the world.


7. Bird Nest. The first of new ten major buildings of the world.


8. Water Cube. National Aquatics Centre.


9. National Great Theater.



10. Night scene of Beijing.



11. BOX building of CBD – Yin Tai World Trade Center.


12. CCTV – one of the new ten major buildings of the world.


13. The global trade center – the BOX representatives of office building in Beijing.


14. Beijing CBD.




15. Brain of China – Zhongguancun Beijing.



16. Financial Street of Beijing.


17. E.3rd Ring Road – Wealth Center.


18. Trade center of China.


19. Jia Li Center.


20. Shopping Center of Financial Street.



21. Beijing SOHO buildings.


22. RitzCarlton and Marriott.


23. Shi Mao Tian Jie – the first canopy of the heaven in the world.


24. Qing Hua Scien-tech Garden – Sites of headquarters such as GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, SUN, SOHU, NETEASE, NEC, etc.


25. The West Ring Square – site of Citibank and Morgan Stanly.


26. Night scene of Beijing Wangfujing Street.


27. Laffitte Castle of the suburb of Beijing.


28. The Badaling Great Wall of Beijing in the snow.


29. Beijing Chaoyang Park – The biggest ferris wheel in the world.


30. One corner of Beijing Park.


This group of photos main shows the blue sky of Beijing. The air quality in Beijing can’t be said very well, but can hold the most successful Olympics in history.

31. Blue sky of Beijing.





32. The beacon on the Tiananmen Square of Beijing is really very beautiful.


The above pictures are showing only a small part of Beijing, if you want to know real China, welcome to China.

]]> 2 China First Spacewalk — Shenzhou VII Spacecraft Sun, 28 Sep 2008 05:59:41 +0000 China successfully launches Shenzhou VII spaceship at 21:10 on September 25, 2008 Beijing time; Chinese astronaut Zhai Zhigang conducts China’s first spacewalk outside the Shenzhou VII spacecraft successfully at 16:39 on September 27, 2008 Beijing time. This foreshows China’s manned space flight will enter the third step: Set up China space station. This is epoch-making for China’s aerospace cause. China made contribution to the mankind’s aerospace cause too at the same time.

The manned space flight involves numerous science and technology. It widely collect the newest achievement in the numerous fields of the modern science and technology, it will promote the improvement of other product quality too at the same time. Nowadays, whether it’s satellite navigator on the taxi or TV Broadcast by Satellite; whether it’s the technology utilizing the robot and assisting doctor’s operation or the swimming costume raising athlete record; whether it’s weather forecast or “rice of outer space” and “space vegetables” on the dining table…We have already lived in one times that widely apply the achievement of “The civilization of space”. I believe that the space will offer more surprise and gladness to human through mankind untiring seek and make great efforts.