It’s time for a celebration! Not just because it’s Friday, which means at 4.00pm it’s Beer o’clock (a tradition I miss celebrating with my colleague Bill dearly!), and at 5.00pm it’s weekend, or because it’s 21 June, the longest day of the year, or, for that matter, because today is Bill’s birthday! No, also because we now have exactly 1,000 posts on ChinaConnectU!

ChinaConnectU has been live for little over a year, which means an average of 3 new posts a day. Hundreds of articles, several image galleries, a still growing collection of study guides and work sheets, recommended resources, you name it! No seriously, you say what else you would like to see on ChinaConnectU, and we’ll consider putting it up there! We are here to help teachers and students of China and Chinese, to make your life easier by providing you with resources and recommendations all in one place. So do let us know what else you would be useful to you.

And to finish this celebratory post of with some completely random facts about the number 1,000:

It’s written as “M” in Roman script, the ancient Greeks used the letter “X,” and the Egyptians used the symbol of a lotus flower to denote the number 1,000

In Japan, the number 1,000 signifies health. If somebody is sick, you can fold 1,000 origami crane birds. Legend has it, your wish will then be granted by the crane.

It can be divided by 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 20, 25, 40, 50, 100, 125, 200, 250, 500, 1000.

It is not the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, because that’s 42.

A picture paints a thousand words.

So, why am I still talking then?