Ryan Ha sits in the corner at Taps bar in Beijing's Sanlitun district (三里屯). He looks out at the crowd, milling about their drinks and sausage platters. Behind him, a backlit poster reading "Comedy Club China" is pinned against the back wall of the stage. Ryan is the evening's compere and the operations manager for Comedy Club China. He spits information at light speed: dates, names, roles, places - showing he can think on his feet, a key trait for any good comedian.
We all love a good giggle, and there are dozens of ways to express it in English, from a barely audible titter to an all-out howl. But how often have you "fainted with laughter" or figuratively "spat out a mouthful of water" in amusement? Here are a few ways we can talk about laughing in Chinese so that you are never left speechless in a fit of hysteria.
While the rich are growing richer, it's the poor becoming middle-class who are driving China's booming economy and keeping the rest of the world afloat. So, who are China's middle class and how are they defined?
TV sets are fast losing their charm with the widespread use of laptops, iPads and smartphones.If the phone fits, wear it