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a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

if you’ve been in china long enough, you’ve probably noticed that special hand gestures are used to express the numbers from one to ten. 

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

why is that? 

china has many different dialects and sometimes it can be confusing for people from different regions to understand one another. furthermore, a lot of words sound very similar in chinese. for example the word for the number four, si, sounds very similar to ten, shi. therefore, using hand signs can be very useful to clear up confusion when bargaining or doing business.

so let’s take a look at what these simple gestures are and how to form them. we’ve provided the characters and pinyin prononciations of each number as well.

1. one (一, ‘yī’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

extend your index finger.

2. two (二, ‘èr’ or 两, ‘liǎng’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

extend both your index finger and middle finger.

3. three (三, ‘sān’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

extend your index finger, middle finger and ring finger.

4. four (四, ‘sì’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

extend your all four of your fingers (index, middle, ring and pinky).

5. five (五, ‘wǔ’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

extend all of your fingers plus your thumb.

6. six (六, ‘liù’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

make a “hang loose” sign: extend your pinky to one side and your thumb in the opposite direction. fold your index, middle and ring fingers down against your palm.

7. seven (七, ‘qī’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

all fingertips touch, or just the tips of the index finger, middle finger and thumb. malaysian and/or singaporean chinese might interpret this as the number five. locals of guangdong and hong kong will interpret this as the number eight. this is the most common way. however, there is an alternative way where the thumb is extended, and the index and middle finger are also extended.

8. eight (八, ‘bā’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

point and extend your index finger in the air, and also extend your thumb, so that you make an “l” shape. some people from other regions (malaysian or singaporean chinese or people from taiwan, guangdong or hong kong) might interpret this as the number seven.

9. nine (九, ‘jiǔ’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

curl your index finger. other fingers can be closed like a fist.

10. ten (十, ‘shí’)

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

make a fist. (though this can also be interpreted as “zero”).

an alternative way is to take both index fingers of each hand and then cross them like the character for ten “十”.

a complete guide to chinese number hand gestures! keep it!

so there you have it! keep these in mind as they might come in handy next time you go to the supermarket.

in order to improve the policy of export tax rebatechina’s ministry of finance and china’s tax bureau decided to increase the vat export tax rebate for the products of mechanical and electricalculture and other products from september 15, 2018.

products and adjusted tax rebates

  • on friday, china’s finance ministry said that effective sept. 15, tax rebate rates for light-emitting diodes (leds), lithium batteries, multi-component semiconductors, machinery products, books and newspapers will be increased to 16 percent.

  • for some other products, the rebate will be increased but not to 16 percent. according to the statement, china will increase rebates for stainless steel products to 9 percent and steel pipes to 13 percent.

  • rates for chemicals are also being increased, the statement said.

skr! china to increase export rebate rates on 397 products today

exceeded analysts’ expectations

china’s export growth has exceeded analysts’ expectations for the past five months, with some analysts believing chinese exporters are rushing out shipments to beat fresh u.s. tariffs.

skr! china to increase export rebate rates on 397 products today

the ministry, in a statement on its website, did not say what the current rebate levels are on those products. china assesses a 16 percent value-added tax on some exports, so a rebate of 16 percent will mean exporters get back the full amount paid.

growing economic ties between africa and china has reportedly brought about a significant increase in interracial unions between chinese and africans.

while mixed-race marriages may be a relatively new concept in china, they have reportedly been on the rise in recent years as the country’s trade and investment continue to flood into africa.

interracial marriages between africans&chinese! up to 1 million!

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with over one million chinese migrants now living in africa and about half a million africans living in china, the situation is not at all that surprising.

“forty years ago, it was all but impossible for a foreign man or woman to live in china, let alone marry a chinese,” al jazeera’s adrian brown observed. “but today, marriages like this are no longer exceptional … marrying a foreigner is no longer regarded as marrying down in the way it perhaps once was here.”

such is the case of sandra made, a native of cameroon who married  zou qianshun in 2017.

after working in africa for many months, qianshun returned to his village in northeast china where he and his wife now earn money by streaming video of their day-to-day lives online.  

interracial marriages between africans&chinese! up to 1 million!

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their “unconventional” marriage has proven to be a hit on social media as they rake in a respectable $1,000 in advertising revenue each month.

interracial marriages between africans&chinese! up to 1 million!

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“nowadays there are more and more international marriages in china, even some of [my] friends also married foreigners,” qianshun was quoted as saying. “chinese have become more accepting of intermarriage.”

this illustrates a huge difference in the situation from a few decades ago when interracial marriages were unheard of in mainland china. according to government figures, there was no interracial union in the 1970’s in the chinese mainland.

the increase in mixed marriages reportedly began in this current decade “with 53,000 such couples tying the knot in 2012” according to a bbc report in 2013.

qianshun admitted however that despite a change in the attitude on interracial marriages in china, there are still those who are not happy about him marrying an african woman, including his own parents. 

“how can chinese marry a black woman? she can leave at any time,” zhao fu qing, qianshun’s mother said in an interview. “that’s why at the beginning, both my husband and i said no to this marriage.”

interracial marriages between africans&chinese! up to 1 million!

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still, qianshun’s story can be regarded as a success compared to the stories of some african women who have claimed to be abandoned by chinese men.

there have been reported cases of chinese miners returning to china after impregnating ghanaian women, leaving them alone to care for their mixed children.

good news! 41 police stations set up to help foreigners!

guangzhou police have set up 41 stations to manage expat-related affairs in communities that house more than 500 foreigners, in an effort to upgrade services.

good news! 41 police stations set up to help foreigners!

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more than 50 foreigners

rooms for promoting chinese culture, customs, laws and policies have also been established in some communities with more than 50 foreigners, with cultural, sport and family activities being organized, said cai wei, deputy director of the guangzhou public security bureau.

good news! 41 police stations set up to help foreigners!

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more than 60 foreign volunteers

the police have enlisted more than 60 foreign volunteers from universities and companies to help with expat-related affairs in guangzhou, capital of guangdong province.

good news! 41 police stations set up to help foreigners!

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download the app

the police are using a number of social media platforms and their mobile app to promote expat-related information, cai said.

the guangzhou police app can be found at:

https://www.gzjd.gov.cn/cgs/html/apphtml/app.html

you can log into the website, download the app and enjoy the service!

good news! 41 police stations set up to help foreigners!

a joint-meeting mechanism involving the police and government departments has been optimized to better serve expats and manage related affairs.

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