Archive for August, 2009

Beijing Olympic – Reese leads in Women’s Long Jump prelims

Monday, August 31st, 2009

US athlete Brittney Reese leapt farthest in the Women’s Long Jump qualifying round with 6.87m during her Olympic debut on August 19, in Beijing.

Maurren Higa Maggi from Brazil finished in second place with 6.79m, while Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine followed with 6.76m.

World and Olympic champion Tatyana Lebedeva from Russia ranked fourth with 6.70m. She jumped a personal best of 6.88m this year.

Carolina Kluft from Sweden, reigning Olympic and three-time world champion in the Heptathlon, tied with Lebedeva.

World indoor champion Naide Gomes failed to advance to the next round with a best jump of 6.29m on Tuesday.

Twelve athletes will advance to the Women’s Long Jump final,scheduled for August 22 at 7:20 p.m. (UTC/GMT+8) at the National Stadium.

(Source: en.beijing2008.cn)

China Travel – Residence of Prince Shi of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The residence of Prince Shi (Li Shixian) of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom in Jiufang Lane, Jinhua City of Zhejiang Province, served as his military command.

Li (1834-1865), who was born in Tengxian County of Guangxi Province, was an important leader in the late period of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. He was also Prince Zhong (loyal)’s brother. In 1860, Li was appointed Prince Shi. After he led his troops into Zhejiang Province in 1861, the residence was set up where the prefecture seat of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, the Eastern Zhejiang Government of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and the Zhu Yuanzhang government in early years of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) were previously located. The Memorial Hall of the Residence of Prince Shi of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom was established there in 1963, and underwent several repairs.

The large residence is divided into three parts: the palace, the dwelling and the garden, with a total area of 24,000 square meters and a construction area of more than 3,000 square meters. The eastern and western compounds, the main hall (for discussing official business) and the Naihan Veranda comprise the principal part of the residence.

The existing construction in the eastern compound include a screen wall facing the gate, a main hall, back hall, cold-resistant hall, etc. The screen wall, with engraved stone and brick sculptures of dragons and phoenixes, is six meters high and 17 meters wide. The main hall, which consists of five rooms, is actually a meeting hall where Li held important military meetings.

The western compound contains a total four rows of houses. Through the entrance hall is a corridor that connects to the front hall where Li conducted business and on each side there is a garden. The middle hall in the second row is the most magnificent — Prince Shi’s office; the third served as the Prince’s dwelling; and the fourth housed his subordinates and bodyguards. A great number of frescoes, colored patterns on roof beams and wooden, stone and brick sculptures are kept in the first and second rows of the houses.

(Source: chinaculture.org)

Cir – Lesson 432

Monday, August 31st, 2009
mài kè:

Láo jià, xī dān lí zhèr yuăn bù yuăn?

麦克: 劳驾,西单离这儿远不远?
Mike: Excuse me, is Xidan far from here?

Lì li:

Bĭ jiăo yuăn, qí chē dĕi èr shí wŭ fēn zhōng zuŏ yòu.
丽丽: 比较远,骑车得25 分钟左右。
Lili: Yes, quite far. It will take you twenty-five minutes by bicycle.
mài kè: zuò chē fāng biàn ma?
麦克: 坐车方便吗?
Mike: Is it easy to take a bus?

Lì li:

Hěn fāng biàn, yao zuò qī zhàn chē, xià chē jiù shì.
丽丽: 很方便,要坐七站车,下车就是。
Lili: Yes, very easy. You just take seven stations to go to Xidan. You can’t miss it.
mài kè: Qĭng wèn dào fŭ yòu jiē yŏu duō yuăn?
麦克: 请问到府右街有多远?
Mike: And could you tell me how far is it to Fuyoujie from here?
Lì li: Nín qù xī dān de shí hòu, lù guò fŭ yòu jiē.
丽丽: 您去西单的时候,路过府右街。
Lili: On your way to Xidan, you’ll pass by Fuyoujie.
mài kè: Fŭ yòu jiē dào xī dān yuăn bù yuăn?
麦克: 府右街到西单远不远?
Mike: Is it far from Fuyoujie to Xidan?
Lì li: Bù yuăn le, zŏu shí fēn zhōng jiù dào le.
丽丽: 不远了,走十分钟就到了。
Lili: Not too far, you just need to walk for ten minutes.

(Source: china.org.cn)