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Answers to 'what are the Chinese ways and why?'

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Answers to 'what are the Chinese ways and why?'

    Why do we love Tanghulu?

    Why do we love Tanghulu?

    ​By stringing sugar-coated fruit on a skewer, the unique Chinese snack Tanghulu has attracted many to DIY it at home for the sweet crunchy bite. But did you know that this sweet treat is also one of the traditional snacks of Beijing? Do you know the connection between Tanghulu and the old capital city? Let’s have a listen and find out!

    • 8 min
    Why are some lakes in Beijing called “sea”?

    Why are some lakes in Beijing called “sea”?

    The Beihai Park, or the Northern Sea Park, is a great place to enjoy the water view and a boat ride in Beijing. But for anyone who visits the park for the first time, the "sea" in the name might seem a bit misleading. It’s highly likely that he or she will wonder: Why is it called a sea? In present-day downtown Beijing, there are six interconnected lakes that are called various “seas”. Why?

    • 6 min
    Tickling your funny bone with cross talk

    Tickling your funny bone with cross talk

    ​A Thousand Whys introduces you to a popular stage performing art that may help improve your sense of Chinese humor: cross talk. This traditional performing art remains popular, especially among young people in China. Listen to this episode to find out why.

    • 6 min
    Is there still an “old Beijing”?

    Is there still an “old Beijing”?

    ​Is there still “old Beijing” in the new Beijing? In this episode, we will share with you the traits of Beijing that have survived throughout the centuries and are still vibrant today. Attention! We’re going to discuss something that's hidden behind the hutongs, quadrangles, or the other iconic symbols that you can easily find in a Beijing travel guidebook.

    • 6 min
    Bird walking in Beijing!

    Bird walking in Beijing!

    Taking a walk with a pet bird has been a popular hobby of some Chinese people for centuries. In this episode, we are going to introduce to you why we do it, what it is like, as well as some fun facts and tricks about this particular Chinese tradition. Want to know how and why we walk birds? Please join us on A Thousand Whys!

    • 7 min
    What is it like to live in a Beijing quadrangle?

    What is it like to live in a Beijing quadrangle?

    With expanding urbanization all around the globe, historical residences that still exist today are especially precious as witnesses of history and traditional culture. In this episode, let's tour around a traditional residence in China's capital city Beijing. The siheyuan courtyard, or a quadrangle, shows us a glimpse of what Beijing style was like back in time.

    • 6 min

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