CULTURAL EVENTS AT THAT’S MANDARIN

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May 2017
bad words
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May
May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beijing That’s Mandarin, 12 Xinzhong B Street, Bldg 4, 1/F
Beijing, China

According to China’s 24 solar terms,  立夏 means the end of Spring but also the beginning of Summer. The weather is getting warmer, but also stormy. It's time for people to play fighting-eggs game (斗蛋游戏), and enjoy the tasty broad beans 蚕豆. On one hand, "egg" means testicule, so that’s why they’re so many Chinese dirty words related to eggs! And everybody knows that when it comes to traveling to a new country, foreigners are so keen on learning strong…

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May
May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Beijing That’s Mandarin, 12 Xinzhong B Street, Bldg 4, 1/F
Beijing, China

Do you know what time of the year is 小满/Xiǎomǎn? Well, it's between May 20 and May 22 of each year, where the rain becomes more and more heavy every day and where the difference of temperature between the North and South of China are reduced. Many people are using metaphors in daily-life. I can give you one. During this season, the harvests are full but not not mature enough. Then, it's easy to let us think of adolescent, especially for girls! They may…

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May
May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beijing That’s Mandarin, 12 Xinzhong B Street, Bldg 4, 1/F
Beijing, China

This Chinese festival marks the entry into the heat of summer and the season of epidemics. It takes place on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, late May or early June in the Gregorian calendar. Did you know that "The Dragon Boat Festival" was inscribed in 2009 by UNESCO on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind? The most remarkable custom remains the dragon boat racing (Simplified Chinese: 龙舟大赛 lóngzhōu dàsài, literally: "Great competition of dragon boats").…

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June 2017
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Jun
June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shanghai That’s Mandarin, 273 Jiaozhou Road, Bldg 12, 3/F
Shanghai, China

Beijing opera is the quintessence of Chinese culture; it has a history of 200 years. Beijing opera contains profound cultural and intrinsic value. Chinese facial masks can be often seen in Chinese traditional operas. Different colors are used to paint Chinese facial masks, and different colors represent different personality of a certain character. Watching Chinese operas offers you an authentic experience of understanding Chinese culture. Use your imagination and paint your own Chinese facial mask! Join us at That’s Mandarin…

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21
Jun
June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beijing That’s Mandarin, 12 Xinzhong B Street, Bldg 4, 1/F
Beijing, China

The middle of summer, called Xiàzhì (夏至) is the perfect season to eat fruits all day. The weather will become even warmer than before, and the lotus flowers will start blossoming. We usually eat grean bean soup (绿豆汤) and delicious homemade noodles during this season. But do not forget about refreshing yourself! Do you like fresh homemade noodles (家常面)? Then, we propose you to make and eat 老北京炸酱面 (Lǎo běijīng zhá jiàng miàn), which are traditionnal Beijing noodles served with fried…

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tongue twister
22
Jun
June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shanghai That’s Mandarin, 273 Jiaozhou Road, Bldg 12, 3/F
Shanghai, China

Tongue twister is a traditional Chinese language game. A tongue twister contains a group of words which have similar pronunciation. A tongue twister game requires the contestants to quickly read out all the words contained in a tongue twister sentence. A two-part allegorical saying is like a riddle in a certain context, judging by the meaning of the first part of the saying, you might be able to guess the meaning of the second part of the saying. Idiom is…

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July 2017
calligraphy
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Jul
July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shanghai That’s Mandarin, 273 Jiaozhou Road, Bldg 12, 3/F
Shanghai, China

Calligraphy is a traditional Chinese art, it reflects the history of the development of Chinese characters. Calligraphy can often be seen on art exhibitions and couplets written during the Spring Festival holiday. Pictogram originated from pictures, it is the original way to create characters. You will be able to guess the meaning of a certain Chinese character by just looking at it if you know pictogram. Poems are usually written in refined language, and reflect the poets’ emotional feelings. Are…

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7
Jul
July 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beijing That’s Mandarin, 12 Xinzhong B Street, Bldg 4, 1/F
Beijing, China

Welcome July! The beginning of this season is symbolized by 小暑/Xiǎoshǔ which can be compared as a small summer. According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, it’s just before the great heat comes, and where the rainfall decreases. As it is hot outside, people like to cool off by enjoying some mangoes, eat dumplings or fried bean sprouts. To this end, we organize the Festival of International Cultural Exchange where you are invited to bring just … everything! This can be…

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Jul
July 22 @ 8:00 am - July 23 @ 5:00 pm
Beijing That’s Mandarin, 12 Xinzhong B Street, Bldg 4, 1/F
Beijing, China

In Chinese lunar calendar, 大暑/Dàshǔ is the day marking the beginning of the 12th solar term. So basically, for those who do not know the Chinese lunar calendar, it means that the heat is as its peak for 10 days. At this time, it's common to refresh yourself by drinking a cup of chamomille tea, or green bean soup. Pick-up some watermelon and balsam pear would be a great choice to avoid the heat. Great adventurer that you are, you probably remember the song of Lou…

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August 2017
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Aug
August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beijing That’s Mandarin, 12 Xinzhong B Street, Bldg 4, 1/F
Beijing, China

立秋/Lìqiū, a charming season, where one can admire fallen leaves of trees which cover the ground of thousand and one shimmering colours. The 13th of the 24 solar terms definitely mark the beginning of Autumn, and defines the turning point from warm and sweet summer to coldness. Traditionally, we used to eat sweet and juicy watermelons, often accompanied by paste autumn fat (贴秋膘). That day, you spent a great day with your friends and you even took a lovely photo. However,…

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