Laos through the looking-glass: Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang, Laos, view of Nam Khan River

What did I expect, when I visited the former Kingdom of a Million Elephants, the hidden jewel of old Indochina? An alternate Vietnam, where elephant did indeed roam the streets? A “lesser” version of Thailand, without the trademark smiles and tourist services to match?

Intriguing Idioms – how the smallest of phrases opens windows into Chinese culture. 中国的成语和文化

Let's not beat around the bush. Understanding idioms is crucial to understanding the mindset of a native speaker. So, a penny for your thoughts?