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  1. Chinese characters top student survey of cultural symbols

    Posted Jan 05th 2011, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam Chinese characters are China's top cultural symbol, according to the results of a poll of about 2,000 university students, mainland media reported yesterday. A joint research group led by professors from Beijing Normal University asked undergraduates at 24 universities in 18 provinces, cities or municipalities to choose their top 20 Chinese cultural symbols ...

  2. Culture shock

    Posted May 28th 2004, 12:00am by Cynthia Yeung

    ... Cynthia Yeung I associate culture shock with foreign countries. We experience culture shock when we visit Japan and have to navigate our way through the complicated rituals of gift-giving and manners. We experience culture shock when we go to the United States and the most popular Chinese dishes seem to be 'General Tso's Chicken' or 'Grandmother Chicken'. ...

  3. The buzz

    Posted May 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... by Adam Wright People don't get much for free in this consumer-crazy town of ours- apart, of course, from all the awesome free food, drink and films we mentioned in our Going Out ... free of charge, so knowledge-hungry patrons won't have to spend a cent. Sadly, the offer does not extend to the awesome Pixar 25th-anniversary exhibition at Sha Tin's Cultural Museum, ...

  4. e-pal: Kazakhstan

    Posted Oct 30th 2007, 12:00am by Miranda Yeung

    ... There are more than 120 different cultures and religions but people live peacefully. I live in Almaty, which is the biggest city and the financial and cultural centre of the country. My favourite idol ... of a ball. I enjoy Kazakh cuisine. We eat a lot of meat: horse, beef, mutton and goat, almost anything except pork. We also have traditional drinks like shubat and kumiz that are made from camel ...

  5. Northern exposure

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the short drive to the venue for tonight's drinks: a small but elaborate 12th-century Khmer temple. On the open lawn in front of the temple, Thai delicacies are available, along with all our favourite waiters bearing all our favourite drinks. As night begins to fall, the dancers arrive. Watching graceful Thai dancers performing on the worn stones of a centuries-old temple ...

  6. Punching above its weight

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... contain many examples of the best of cultural and artistic traditions, and they are all packed into a compact area, meaning that the trilingual city of Luxembourg is a great destination to do a mini-Europe tour, especially for the time-crunched tourist. Because of its strategic position on this cultural and linguistic border, Luxembourg was one of Europe's greatest fortified sites from ...

  7. Beijing boost for Inner Mongolia

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... security system and accelerate the development of education, health care, culture and sports. Promises were also reportedly made to improve environmental protection to the point that the ecological ... pledged. By 2013, the government will ensure that farmers, herders and forestry centre employees in the region will have safe water to drink, as well as improved access to electricity. Following ...

  8. Idyllic tropical escape

    Posted Jun 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the cities. The excellent beaches, rich history and colourful culture of these islands provide an alternative five-day excursion plan. To start, take a one-hour flight from Taipei to Kinmen Island, ... temples per capita than anywhere else in Taiwan, and no more than a sprinkling of tourists.' To take in Penghu's island culture, make sure to visit some of the traditional temples ...

  9. Inside Thailand

    Posted Dec 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Jason Gagliardi

    ... Thai, by long-time Bangkok resident Phil Cornwel-Smith, is the first in-depth examination of Thai popular culture, and its day-glo cover, replete with images of everything from Ultraman tyre ... for neo-classical architecture, this is for you. 'Unselfconscious consumers rarely consider street life as culture,' writes Cornwel-Smith in his introduction. 'Modernising Thailand often ...

  10. Grabbing what you can, while you can

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ukraine last week. Many choose to rough it at the airport or drink until dawn rather than insult their wallets and bones with an uncomfortable, overpriced night's kip. There's something ... 'There's nothing to do here. There's only the football,' he said. But Kiev's cultural gems offer much more stimulation, Lviv and Kharkov, too. The Polish take a longer view ...




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