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Mandarin Chinese Teacher Shares Fun Facts and History of China

Mandarin Chinese Teacher Shares Fun Facts and History of China

Sunday, January 22, 2023, was the official start of the Chinese New Year, and it marks the beginning of the year of the rabbit. This is one of the most important holidays and celebrations in Chinese culture due to its traditions and historical significance. The holiday symbolizes bringing the past year to a close and welcoming a fresh start in the coming year with hopes of health and prosperity. Chinese New Year is celebrated all around the globe, often including fireworks, red clothes and decorations, and visits with family and friends.

To help honor and celebrate the Chinese New Year, one of our ALVS Mandarin Chinese instructors, Shanhui Chen, shares some fun facts, history, and culture of China.

Some Fun Facts About the History of Modern China

The History and Ancient Civilizations

Modern China and Its Culture

Study-Abroad Language Program and Scholarship

The best way to know about China is to visit China. The U.S. Department of State–sponsored program, NSLI-Y (National Security Language Initiative for Youth) includes a scholarship that covers the costs. I taught three students in face-to-face classes who applied and were accepted. They had wonderful experiences. To learn more about it, visit:

Ready To Learn Mandarin Chinese? Learn More About Our World Language Courses

If you are interested in learning more about Chinese culture but are not able to travel, ALVS offers online World Language courses. Students will learn how to listen, speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese and will engage in interactive activities on the culture and history of China.


By Shanhui Chen 

Ms. Chen taught high school ESL in China for years before moving to the US to pursue her master’s degree. Since then, she has taught 6-12 grade Mandarin for both online and the face-to-face classes. She has been working with Apex for almost 9 years. In her spare time, Ms. Chen is also an eLearning designer who sometimes helps schools and companies design interactive courses and training programs. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling and photography.

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