China Travel News

  • The Chinese call it Xujiahui Tianzhu Jiaotang, meaning “Catholic Cathedral in Xujiahui.” The district in which the church is located derived it name from the Xu family that used to reside there. A prominent member of the Xu clan was Xu Guangqi (1562-1633).

  • Strictly speaking, people in China have no first names. They have given names, which come after family names. So, one's family name comes first, followed by the person's given name - that's the order of a full Chinese name.

  • Asked about the recent earthquake in China, Hollywood star Sharon Stone observed that the disaster was probably due to bad karma on the part of the Chinese -they were not nice to Dalai Lama and the Tibetans.

  • Almost every spring, Beijing, along with North China in general, suffers from sandstorms, when strong wind blows dust all over the city and the region.