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This is another popular song from 1950's. A love song based on Mongolian folk music, it was written for a movie called "The People in the Prairie". The prairie refers to Hulunbeir Prairie in Inner-Mongolia today.
Chinese Flowering Crab Apple
“Elder brother" means "boyfriend"; "the person in my heart" is another way of saying "my lover".
This story happens after Yi shot down the nine suns. Like most of love stories in China, this one ends tragically, too. However, similar to the story of The Cowboy and Weaving Maid, Chinese people want to believe that the lovers still get to meet once a year at the mercy of some mysterious power.
As it turns out to be one of the hottest videos on a Chinese news website last week, I wonder what Michael Jackson would think of the new recess workout at an elementary school in Sichuan, China, where all the 700 pupils mimic his moves at the school playground every morning. The four-minute-workout is a replica of the typical dancing moves of Michael Jackson, and is the replacement of traditional recess workout for Chinese students designed by the General Administration of Physical Education of China. (Please refer to my previous post )
I guess the principal and the teachers at the school are bored with the same old workout every day, so they came up with this novel idea. As a matter of fact, you can find the moves of turning the neck, the shoulder, the hip, and all the other different parts of the body. It is truly a good exercise of your whole body. I think Mr. Jackson will be pleased to learn that his dance and music is benefiting the health of Chinese children as well as entertaining the rest of the world. Therefore, I cheer for the creativity of Chinese people! What do you think?
Lining up and doing exercise is part of the morning ritual in every school in China, no matter if you are the little on in the kindergarden or a student in the university. The workout lasts about 5-7 minutes and is truely designed for people of all ages. ( Please see my another blog writing about how it is done if you are interested in doing it, too.)
大公鸡，喔喔叫， da4 gong1ji1, wo1wo1jiao4.
小朋友，起得早, xiao3peng2you3, qi3dezao3.
排起队来做早操。pai2qi3dui4lai2 zuo4 zao3cao1.
伸伸手，弯弯腰，shen1shen1shou3, wan1wan1 yao1,
天天做操身体好。tian1tian1 zuo4cao1 shen1ti3 hao3.
The big rooster calls "cocka-doodle-doo".
Little friends get up early.
They line up to do morning exercise.
Stretching the arm, bending the waist,
Doing exercise everyday makes them healthy.
Literally, Shen Nong means " the farmer of magic power". He lived at a time after Fu Xi. (Refer to the story about Fu Xi), approximately 7000 years ago according to some experts. He is always painted with horns on his head like deer and cattle to show his close relationship to the plants. He is considered the inventor of farming and medicine. As the legend goes, Shen Nong was born with a transparent tummy, also called the Crystal Tummy.
Pushing the abdomen regularly can help with many chronic diseases. Since all the 12 meridians of the body run across or are connected in the abdomen, massaging this part of the body can activate the smooth flow of energy going through these meridians.
This is very easy to do. Simply push down across the abdomen slowly and gently with your fingers. If you have a lot of fat there, add a little more pressure. For those with stomach problems or children, use the palm to gently massage the area. If more pressure is needed, then use the part of the palm near the wrist.
You clap one; I clap one. One child wears pretty clothes. You clap two; I clap two. Two children wear their hair in braids. You clap three; I clap three. Three children eat crackers. You clap four; I clap four. Four children write characters with brush pens. You clap five; I clap five. Five children strike big drums. You clap six; I clap six. Six children pick up soy-beans. You clap seven; I clap seven. Seven children ride a plane. You clap eight; I clap eight. Eight children blow the trumpet. You clap nine; I clap nine. Nine children make friends. You clap ten; I clap ten. Ten children stand staight.
Some people think Kua Fu in this story is the Chinese version of Prometheus, who tried to steal the fire from heaven to bring it down to men. Alas, Kua Fu failed in the end. However, the peach trees turned from his stick bring us some hope, at least. Other experts argue that the myth actually reflected a great migration in ancient Chinese history. Due to the limited geographical knowledge and false judgement, the ancient tribes went to the west in search of better land. But in the west China, there is nothing but desert, as we all know now. That's why the farther Kua Fu went west, the thirstier he got, until "he drank up all the water in the Yellow River." The ancient tribes could also have made an effort to go to the North in hope of finding The Great Lake, but there is still nothing but desert in the North of China. From then on, the future migrations started to go south and east, where the land is more fertile for farming.
There was once a high mountain in the wilderness in the North. There lived a group of giants. Their leader was the grandson of a god in the heaven. His name was Kua Fu. He was very healthy and strong, tall and handsome. He was also very kind and brave.
At that time, there were wild beasts and poisonous snakes everywhere that ate the man. The climate was very bad, too. People lived a hard life. Every day, Kua Fu led the people to fight with the beasts and flood. He often hung the poisonous snakes that he had caught on his own ears, or waved them proudly in his hand. One year, the weather was very hot. All the trees and grass were burned. All the rivers and lakes became dry. One by one, Kua Fu's friends died from the heat .
Kua Fu was very sad. Looking up at the sun, he told his friends: " The sun is so loathsome that I want to chase after him and catch him." Hearing this, his friends tried to persuade him. Somebody said, "For god's sake don't you go. The sun is so far away from us. You'll be tired to death." Somebody said, "The sun is so hot that you'll be burned to death." Kua Fu said,＂For the sake of everyone's happy life, I have to go!"
In the morning, the sun rose from the east. Kua Fu left his friends, and toward the west, started to chase the sun. Kua Fu ran as fast as the wind. He ran over one after another big mountain, over one after another river. When he was tired, he took a rest and poured the dirt out of his shoes onto the ground, which turned into a hill.
Kua Fu got closer and closer to the sun, but he got more and more thirsty, more and more tired. So he ran to the side of the Yellow River, and drank up all the water in one mouthful. But, he was still thirsty. He ran toward the north, for there was a great lake there. However, Kua Fu died of thirst halfway before he could reach the Great Lake. When he was dying, Kua Fu threw out the wood stick he was carrying in his hand. The stick turned into a big stretch of peach trees as soon as it hit the ground.