Today’s Exploring Geography post is all about Zhuhai, China, courtesy of Varya of Little Artists. Varya is the mother of two beautiful girls, an ESL teacher, a Montessori teacher, and a dance teacher. Varya enjoys music and singing, and grew up on Classical music and fairy tales. One of her hopes for the younger generation is for them to keep developing their talents and abilities, not only through technology, but also through traditional arts and crafts.
There is a lot to say about China – it is one of the largest countries in the world with a population of over 1.3 billion. China is rich in culture and has a very long history. I would like to introduce a city where my family has been residing for the past 4.5 years – Zhuhai (pronounced as Dju-ha-y, literally translates as Pearl Sea). Even though this city borders Macao (land and sea border) and Hong Kong (sea border), it is not so well-known, unlike Beijing or Shanghai.
A few facts about China:
Here is the Chinese flag:
China’s currency: Ren Min Bi, also known as Chinese Yuan
Official language: Mandarin (also known as Putonghua).
China has only one time zone and there is no daylight saving!
Some interesting facts about Zhuhai:
- Around 40 years ago it was a fishermen village. Now it is one of the fastest developing cities in China.
- Population is over 1 million.
- Bruce Lee was born just a couple hours drive from Zhuhai – in Shunde city.
Bruce Lee Statue in Hong Kong (Image Source)
- First Chinese World Table Tennis champion Rong Guo Tuan is originally from the place that is now called Zhuhai.
- Local people speak 2 languages: Mandarin and Cantonese.
- As a guest or a friend you may be invited to “Morning Tea” – a very Cantonese type of brunch, also known as Dim Sum. It starts from around 9-10am and slightly turns into lunch, ending around 2pm. You will find tons of restaurants in Zhuhai serving Morning Tea and all the delicious snacks (steam roll Cantonese noodles; mala cake – something like a sponge cake but more porous and slightly oily; sticky chicken rice; steamed chicken feet with mushrooms and more!).
Chinese are in general quite polite and greet each other with a friendly: “Ni Hao” which literally translates as “You are good!” Another greeting which you’ll hear during meal times is “Chi Bao Le Ma?” (Tchi bao la ma?), which literally means “Have you eaten?/ Have you eaten till you’re full?” And if you had your meal, the reply would be: “Chi bao le, xie xie” (Tchi bao la, sie sie), meaning:”I’m full, thank you” .
To bid good byes people say: “Zai jien!” (Tsay djien) literally meaning “Next day”.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour. Zai Jien!
Thank you, Varya, for this wonderful introduction to Zhuhai! I’ve had Dim Sum a few times, and it has always been delicious! I would love to try it in China, someday!