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How to Deep-fry Chinese Cuisine
Learn Chinese - Chinese Cuisine

While not as popular as stir-frying, deep-frying is a common Chinese cooking technique. Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about how to deep-fry. Read them over, and when you're ready to start deep-frying, try these deep-fry recipes.

1. Do I need to use a wok for deep-frying?
No. Some people feel safer sticking with a deep-fat fryer. If you do use a wok make sure it is securely in place - flat-bottomed woks work best for electric ranges; round bottomed for gas stoves. (Make sure the round bottomed wok is securely in place in the wok stand).

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Tibetan New Year (Losar)
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Tibetan New Year Customs
The Tibetan New year (zàng lì xīn nián 藏历新年), also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar. “Lo” stands for year while “sar” stands for new. It is celebrated over a period of 2 weeks, generally during the months of December and January. Apart from Tibet, the New Year is also celebrated in Sherpa, Yolmo, and Bhutan. Generally, the first three days of celebration are the main part of the festival observance. These three days are celebrated with lots of customary traditions.

Losar Date: 1st - 3rd of the first lunar month (Tibetan Calendar)
Losar Festival Date 2013: Feb 11, 2013 on solar calendar

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Chinese New Year’s Traditional Activities
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The Spring Festival  (chūn jiē 春节) is the most important and the biggest traditional festival in China, the grand holiday will be celebrated on Sunday, February 9 and lasts for 15 days till Lantern Festival on Sunday, February 24. During the spring festival, Chinese people will take a series of traditional activities to celebrate their reunion. But different part of China has very different customs. Here are the most typical traditions. 

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Practical Expressions for Spring Festival
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2013 Chinese New Year
On the first day of Lunar Year, Chinese people traditionally go from house to house to visit their friends, relatives, and neighbors. This action is called Bainian (bài nián拜年) in Chinese, which means “to pay a New Year’s call” . People start the first day of a year by having breakfast earlier than usual, dressing children in new clothes, and heading out to pay a lot of visits.  If you are an expat living in China, this is a perfect opportunity to express your best wishes. Come to learn some expressions at the last moment!

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Chinese New Year Food – Recipes that Bringing Luck
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Chinese New Year of snake 2013 is coming soon, the grand festival will be celebrated on Sunday, February 9 and lasts for 15 days till Lantern Festival on Sunday, February 24. The biggest important reason that Chinese people greatly value is because Spring Festival is an excellent time for families to be together. During that time, a reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve. Because it is the most important dinner of the year for Chinese people, the recipes are required to be both meaningful and delicious. Now Let’s have a look at what kinds of food often appear on Chinese New Year's Festival Dinner. 

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Chinese New Year - 2013, the Year of Snake
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Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as 'Spring Festival', the literal translation of the Chinese name "chun jie"(chūn jié 春节) . As the year 2012 of Dragon passed, we are welcoming the arrival of the Chinese New Year of snake 2013, it will be celebrated on Sunday, February 9 and lasts for 7 days till Lantern Festival on Sunday, February 15. The biggest important reason that Chinese people greatly value the festival is because Spring Festival is an excellent time for families to be together. During that time, a reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve, when New Year food including Chinese dumplings or bacon is eaten. 

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