Friday, August 27, 2010

Nanyin , the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Xiamen and Quanzhou

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the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the world

living fossil of ancient Chinese music

In Xiamen and Quanzhou, Nanyin Music has close ties with ancient imperial music,Buddhist music, poetic rhythm, and drama tune. For hundreds of years it has been handed down by oral instruction and spread from Quanzhou to other parts of Fujian,Taiwan Province, and among overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia and Europe.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

7 things to do in Xiamen Gulangyu Island, Surfing Detailed Gulangyu Map

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Here we have a detailed and comprehensive tourist map of Gulangyu Island, clearly showing the layout of the scenic area with mapping all roads, and marking the location of tourist attractions in this area vividly with beautiful pictures. This map can be a great guide for your tour of Gulangyu Island, which is located opposite to the urban Xiamen City, has won the reputation of "Garden on the Sea". Besides, there is a list of seven necessary things to do on the Island.

And here is the 7 things must do in Gulangyu Island :

1. Learning some Hokkie ( Minnan Dilect , same as Taiwan Dilect)

2.Making the Kungfu Tea with Local People

3. Finding a favorable Alley for a stroll

4.Visiting one of the Former Residences of Famous People

5. Eating the local food 'mazi'

6.Going for a concert

7.Reserve a room facing the sea , though not many left; or choose a coffee house near the sea

Monday, August 16, 2010

Qixi Festival --- Chinese Valentines' Day

The meet of two lovers who can only happen once a year , a sad and beautiful story from ancient China , still influences China and Overseas Chinese nowadays .

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Qixi Festival (literally "The Night of Sevens"), also known as Magpie Festival, falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar; thus its name.  It is sometimes called Chinese Valentine's Day in recent decades. This year the day falls in 16th Aug,2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Hotel Executive On How To Get Good Service

I totally agree on the points this article from 'Wall Street Journal'  gives for travellers staying in hotels , a good connection with  hotel at the beggining makes you easier to deal anything in the future .    To stay happier , to stay smarter ...    Magic Haijing, Xiamen Hotels First Blog Present:

Paul James, global brand leader at St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, estimates that he spends no less than 150 nights a year in hotel rooms. His experience goes well beyond his own company's brand; he often checks out the competition by staying at other hotels.

Over time, Mr. James has developed anumber of tricks to make sure his hotel stays are comfortable. For instance, after booking a room online, he immediately follows up with a phone call to the hotel's concierge. His aim: to request a room that will suit him.
'Unless you're at an airport hotel, you'll find that there are a vast number of shapes and designs of rooms within the raft of standard or deluxe rooms,' he says. Sometimes he wants to ensure there's a large work table; occasionally, he wants extra room with a crib for his son. And because he's over six feet tall, he always makes sure to ask for a king-sized bed.

In London, the World's New 'Most Expensive' Home?

Never instrested in such things but it really looks big , Wall Street Journal gives out  the most expensive house in the world , so we watch , Magic Haijing, Xiamen Hotels First Blog Present:

It looks like Candy Spelling has been one-upped. A six-bedroom penthouse at London's tony One Hyde Park commanded £140 million, or about $220 million, Luxist reports. And this deal comes before the four-building project is even complete: It is due to be finished by the end of the year.

According to Luxist, that makes it world's priciest piece of residential real estate-when measuring current listings and sales-pushing Ms. Spelling's $150 million asking price for her bigger-than-big Los Angeles mansion down a slot. The deal also makes the U.S. look, well, like a bargain: In what is believed to be the biggest residential sale, a Texas executive paid $46.5 million for a 3,500-acre Colorado ranch earlier this year.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Xiamen Philharmonic Ochestra Updates Chinese Valentines Day Concert

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Xiamen Philharmonic Ochestra updated its August's hit concert , the Chinese Valentine's day concert .  19:30:00pm 16August .    All you have to do is to buy the ticket and listen to the first counter tenor in China , Xiao Ma.

Here is a clip from Xiao Ma's performance in  Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (the Marriage of Figaro) ,he palyed as Cherubino in a modern version