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Fei Fei is part owner of the Horse Pen 46 Hostel in Shaxi, China. This rates as one of my all-time favorite hostels. I guess it should, considering that I stayed there for nearly a month.
- Here's how to write “horse” in simplified Chinese: 马. Here's how to write “mouth”: 口. And here's how to indicate that you are asking a question: 吗. To remember the “question mark” character, you can visualize opening a horse's mouth, and finding a question mark inside. You can apply these kind of visualizations to learn hundreds of Chinese characters.
- The Naxi people still use hieroglyphics for their writing system. As far as I know, this is the only hieroglyphic system still in use today.
- Fei Fei mentioned Ali Wong's hilarious show. Here's her website.