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Chopsticks have been  the most essential eating utensil for the Chinese since the ancient time .

They are old and traditional but you can’t deny that they are very convenient and clever!

If  you have a meal in a Chinese restaurant, forget the fork and try to use chopsticks !

Steps to hold and use chopsticks 

1. Put a pair of chopsticks on your hand, between your thumb and index finger

2. Hold them with your thumb and index finger

3. Put your middle finger between the two chopsticks

4. Support the chopstick (the one in the right hand side) by

touching it with your ring finger and little finger.

5. Pay attention to the position  you hold the chopsticks.

It’s hard to use chopsticks if you  place them too low.

6. This is an exemplar

7. When you want to pick up the food ,move your index and middle finger .

A short demonstration here,let’s see how to pick up something by using chopsticks 😛

How to use chopsticks from mypezzo on Vimeo.

Shanghai is so crowded , I don’t like it

but when you see the culture shock in Shanghai,

you may want to stay there longer.

 

When you see these words :

Are you thinking how to write them?
To write a chinese character is not as difficult as you think, because there are 8 rules for stroke order.

Keep them in mind!

You can also write a Chinese character in a proper way!

Stroke order 

1.From top to bottom

2.From left to right

3.From middle to sides

4. From outside to inside

5.Inside before closing

6. Horizontal before other strokes

7.Main body before tying it all together

8.Main body before the dot

Let’s try some simple words:

from top to bottom

from top to bottom (exception: not horizontal first)

from left to right ,from outside to inside, inside before closing

More then 2 order rules should be applied to most of the Chinese characters,some Chinese characters may have more then 20 strokes, and you can imagine that how many rules they may concluded. However, these 8 rules cannot cover all of the Chinese characters because there are some exceptions. These special cases are more complicated and I won’t mention them here. The 8 rules above are useful and should be enough for beginners to write most of the words.

In Hong Kong , even China, many students write Chinese character with a wrong order.Writing with a wrong order is not about  grammatical mistakes and it will not affect the meaning of a character.However, the order rule is a key to write a proper , beautiful and neat character. Handwriting can reflect one’s characteristic and Chinese people always appreciate/respect the one who has good handwriting.

Follow the 8 stroke rules and try to write these words youself!

你 (YOU) ; 去 (GO TO) ; 天(SKY) ; 串(A STRING OF/CONNECT) ;田(FARMLAND) ; 有(HAVE)

Let me know which rules you are going to apply!See if you have this talent to learn Chinese!

Challenging exercise:

I miss Shanghai recently,

I can’t wait to grab a flight ticket and go to Shanghai alone!

Well, this post is not about this stupid thing.

I’m recommending a restaurant called 洪长兴 (洪長興 Hong Chang Xing ) in

Shanghai which provides halal food.

I went to Shanghai last year and found this restaurant in 云南南路一号 ( 1 Yun Nan Nan Road/ Yun Nan Road South)

The food price is reasonable and I ordered these dishes(partly):

highly recommended roast chicken! delicious! * * * * * stars !! Only $28 ( RMB) for one dish !!Cool

Nice! * * * * Stars!

nothing special, it is average so I give * * * stars!

a little bit sweet, I don't really like it, only * * stars

It’s hard to find 云南南路一号 ( 1 Yun Nan Nan Road),

if you don’t want to pay a taxi driver and you want to find out more restaurants in that district,

tips here:

take the railway and go to  exit 1 of Da shi jie (大世界) station

that is Nanjing Road East (南京东路) and the next thing you need to do is….ask people there

“Where is 云南南路一号 ( 1 Yun Nan Nan Road)?”

or

“Where is   洪长兴 (洪長興 Hong Chang Xing )?”

then,you should get there within 10 mins.

Good luck!