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Intermediate

The History of Postage Stamps

Huh, learn something new every day. My entire understanding of the postal service comes from Terry Pratchett’s “Going Postal”, so it’s interesting to take a quick look into the [vaguely] factual history of the postage stamp.

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Beijing Railway to Sell Tickets 24 Hours During Busy Spring Festival Season

If you’ve ever been to China during Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), you know how impossible it is to make travel plans or book tickets during that time, as the whole country prepares to make the journey back home to see family and friends.

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100 Killed in India Temple Stampede

A short news item from Beijing Youth Daily talks of the tragic January 14th stampede in a temple in India.

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Intermediate

Famous Chinese Authoress BingXin 冰心

This one-page lower-intermediate essay covers the biography of BingXin, a famous authoress from the early 1900’s. The essay writer also chronicles an interview he did with BingXin, and records some parts of their discussion.

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Twitter Chairman Says Users Now Exceed 200 Million

This very short blurb from Sina.com features an announcement by Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey that Twitter has now exceeded 200 Million users.

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Beginner

Feeling Sick

A passage from a BLCU textbook in which a university student laments about catching a cold.

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The Story Behind the Idiom: 南辕北辙 – To act against one’s own best interest

As you’re probably aware, most Chinese idioms are 4-character constructs that make little sense unless you know the story behind them. this one, 南辕北辙, means “to do something that acts against your own best interests”.

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Intermediate

Fable: Wolf Goes Fishing

As vaguely sordid fables go, this one’s fairly tame, resulting only in some humiliatory retribution and a lost tail or two.

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Beginner

Jiang Ping Going to Study Abroad

This short essay, taken from the Beijing Language and Culture University beginner comprehension textbook, is written from the perspective of a friend visiting Jiang Ping (江苹) before she leaves the country.

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Beginner

Little Bear Lived in a Mountain Cave

A very short children’s story about a bear’s search for a new home.