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                      Ningxia - Overview
                      China Travel Guide - Travel in Ningxia
                      'Ning ' (níng 寧) is the colloquial term for the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (níng xià huí zú zì zhì qū 寧夏回族自治區). Find it on the map in northwest China and into the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. It is bordered by Gansu (gān sù 甘肅) to the south, Shaanxi (shǎn xī 陜西) to the east, and the Inner Mongolia (nèi méng gǔ 內蒙古) Autonomous Region to the north, and is one of the five ethnic minority autonomous regions in China. Ningxia (níng xià 寧夏) covers a total area of 66,000 square kilometers (about 25,484 square miles) and has a population of 5.62 million; One third of who are Hui (huí 回) minority people. It has a temperate continental climate of long, cold winters and short, hot summers with the temperature being lowest in January, averaging from -10 C to -7 C and highest in July, averaging from 17 C to 24 C. Annual rainfall averages from 190 - 700 millimeters. Map
                      A-Ma Temple
                      China Travel Guide - Travel in Macau

                      A-Ma Temple
                      Located in Southeast Macao, A-ma temple (mā gé miào 媽閣廟) is an excellent temple experience and a significant location for local and Chinese history. Tourists interested in history and local religious customs, this is a must stop. A-ma temple was formerly known as Motherly Matriarch Pavilion and was traditionally called Heavenly Matriarch Temple. A-Ma Temple, with a history of over 500 years, is the oldest temple among the three ancient temples in Macau. The other two are Kun lam Temple (guān yīn tang 觀音堂) and Lin Fong Temple (lián fēng miào 蓮峰廟).It was built during the Ming Dynasty to make sacrifices to the Motherly Matriarch.

                      后來居上 (hòu lái jū shàng)
                      Learn Chinese - Chinese Idiom


                      altThis set phrase is derived from the complaints Ji An made to the emperor.
                      Ji Anlived at the time of Emperor Wudi of the Western Han Dynasty (xī hàn 西漢,206 B.C.-A.D.24). He was respected for being upright and just and for daring to speak the truth. He did not bother about amall matters in personal behaviour and in being an official. He was particular about actual effects and ,although he did not cause a stir ,he could keep the prefecture he governed in perfect order. Because of this. the imperial court transferred him to the central government from being the perfect of the Donghai Prefecture to being a commander in charge of the appointment and dismissal of the local officals.

                      Chinese Zodiac Signs (生肖)
                      Learn Chinese - History and Culture

                      In ancient times, our ancestors counted the years with 10 celestial stems and 12 terrestrial branches. Although this was scientific, most people were illiterate and could not memorize or calculate easily. Thus the animals that influenced people’s lives were chosen to symbolize the terrestrial branches: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

                      How to Bring Your Pets From Abroad
                      China Living Tips - Legal Related
                      You can bring pets to China as long as you can prove that they are vaccinated and healthy.

                      You are allowed to bring pets to China as long as you can prove that they are vaccinated and
                       healthy. In theory, you need to have a Z (resident) visa to bring in your pet. There should be only one pet per Z visa holder (so if you have two cats, for example, make sure that one is registered in the husband's name and one in the wife's). From personal experience, we know that it is possible to waive this requirement by using an
                      agent in the case of a family with two pets and only one Z visa holder (the employee) at
                      the time of entry.
                      Xiamen University
                      Study in China - Colleges and Universities

                      Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader. It was the first university in China founded by an overseas Chinese. At present it is the only university in any of five special economic zones and is one of China 's higher-level universities designated for the state key construction of the “211 Project” and the “985 Project”. Currently, Professor Zhu Chongshi is the President of the University and Professor Zhu Zhiwen is the Chairman of the University Council.

                      Over the past eighty–seven years, as the result of following the school motto: Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection , Xiamen University has accumulated rich experience in offering its educational programs and has presented its distinctive features in running the programs. Equipped with a strong team of faculty and staff, Xiamen University, which provides a fairly complete range of programs of education, has become a first-class comprehensive university in China with extensive international influence. Since its founding, Xiamen University has produced more than 150,000 undergraduates and graduates for the country and over 60 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) have studied or worked at Xiamen University.