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Archive for July 29th, 2010

China Gets Buddhism from India- China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 29, 2010

In the A.D. 1st century Buddhism caught they eye of the Han Emperor Ming, who sent a mission to India which returned in A.D. 67 with Buddhist scriptures, two Indian monks and several Buddhist images. By the end of the A.D. 1st century there was a Buddhist community in the Chinese capital of Loyang.

– from factsanddetails.com

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China and Japan Make Nice- Panda’s Go to Japan

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 29, 2010

China and Japan are trying to mend old broken fences. China is sending giant Pandas to Japan, but the Chinese are every so sneaky. The names of the panda’s are Bi Li and Xian Nu, which roughly translates to “If you bastards ever invade us again, we will make Hiroshima look like a freaking wind storm”. Or something close to that, my Chinese is weak. The offical version follows:

“CHENGDU – Two giant pandas will leave their home in Southwest China’s Sichuan province early next year for a 10-year stay in a Japanese zoo.
Bi Li and Xian Nu will go to Japan in January or February and live in Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, under an agreement reached between the Tokyo metropolitan government and the China Wildlife Conservation Association Monday.

The gifts are in accordance with a 2008 agreement by Chinese President Hu Jintao and then-Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda during Hu’s Japan visit.

Bi Li, a male weighing 135 kilograms, and Xian Nu, a female whose name means “fairy” and who weighs 120 kg, are both about 5 years old, which is equivalent to 19 years old in human years, said Tang Chunxiang, deputy chief at the Wolong center.

The endangered bear has served as a diplomat in China-Japan ties for centuries. The earliest recorded Chinese gift of pandas to Japan was in 685, when a Tang Dynasty empress offered a pair to the Japanese emperor.

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Bus in China- Peaceful Chinese Man

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 29, 2010

Bus in Beijing China

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China Vows No Liars Allowed at the Youth Olympic Games- Right….

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 29, 2010

China is all about face, so this is somewhat humorous. They state that in the youth Olympics, no one lying about their ages will be allowed to compete. Just like in the real Olympics , eh China?

“Beijing – Chinese athletics officials are adamant there will be no repeat of the under-age scandal which ultimately saw a Chinese gymnast lose a bronze medal she won at the Sydney Olympics at next month’s Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Cai Zhenhua, the head of China’s delegation to Singapore and the vice-president of State General Administration of Sport, said the country has no tolerance of age-faking and has verified the athletes’ ages through various means.

“We’ve scrutinized every athlete’s age in the delegation for the Youth Olympic Games to make sure there is no one going to Singapore with a fake age,” Cai said on Wednesday of the event, which will showcase athletes between the ages of 14 and 18.

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Punctuation in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 29, 2010

A friend was telling me that punctuation in China is a recent phenomenon. He claims that for thousands of years the Chinese did not use it, but it is onlly in the past few hundred years that punctuation became a part of the language. He says that they typically used words or phrases instead of periods, to indicate the end of a thought or sentence.

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