Archive for July, 2010

Chinese Mandarin – WTO Pavilion celebrates Honor Day – Chinese News

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

The World Trade Organization Pavilion celebrated its Honor Day at the Expo Center this afternoon.

Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, talked about how trade has throughout history given rise to many great cities at the symposium in the center. Trade has, for many cities, been a source of prosperity, cultural richness and, from time to time, conflict as cities sought to control trade routes and access to foreign markets, he said.

He said the open cities and trade centers generated great wealth, while the wealth of the great merchant cities extends far beyond money. “As cities open to trade and traders, these communities have served as centers for the exchange of ideas and culture as well as goods and services. These cities are home to great artists, intellectuals, scientists and athletes as well as business leaders and financiers. This rich tapestry of diversity and innovation makes these cities far more than merchant cities alone.”

China’s Vice Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said China is committed to the opening-up policy and advocates multilateral trade after becoming a member of WTO. It is also abiding by the WTO rules and regulations and is improving transparency in trade, he noted.

China made an all-out effort to the rejuvenation and recovery of world economy, which won worldwide recognition, he noted.

A photo exhibition about WTO was held at the UN Pavilion.


Learn Mandarin online – Lunch invitation 午餐邀请 – Chinese Conversation

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Lunch invitation
A: John Martin.
B: Hi. John, it’s Emily. How’s everything?
A: Great, thanks. What’s up?
B: Oh, I was just thinking about getting a bite to eat. Have you had lunch yet?



Study Chinese – Li Gao Tang – Chinese Culture

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Li Gao Tang Li Gao TangIt is said that pear sugar paste has a history of more than 1,300 years. The first sugar paste shop was opened in Chenghuangmiao, Shanghai, more than 100 years ago. The owner was good at running the business, making the sugar paste famous in China and foreign countries.

The sugar paste is used both as a sweetener and to ease coughing and stimulate one’s appetite. You can buy pear sugar paste in the Shanghai Pear Sugar Paste shop in the Yuyuan Store.