Nirvana in Fire (3): Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year was approaching and cargo business was booming. The wharfies complained to the headman that the two boatloads of mandarin packages were unreasonably heavy. The traditional Chinese royal family was a strictly hierarchical community, with emperor at the top as the absolute ruler and empress as his deputy sheriff  Each morning, emperor’s lesser wives were required to pay respect […]

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Nirvana in Fire (2): A Wanted Man

A traditional Chinese balcony, fully integrated with the indoor space Mei Changsu’s initial misjudgement over Princess Nihuang incident rose Prince Jing’s suspicion in his character. Thus he laid ground rules for their cooperation: you may play party politics, but you must not hurt the people who spilled their blood and risked their lives to defend the nation. Mei Changsu was […]

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A Brief Introduction to Ancient Chinese Cosmology

Traditional Chinese cosmological system is mainly based on the positions, relationships and movements of the sun, the moon, the five major planets in the solar system and the 28 constellations in the sky. It was established more than 2,200 years ago during the Warring States period (330 BC – 221 BC), serving the purpose of observing and monitoring the impact of climate change on […]

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Nirvana in Fire (1) – A Popular Genius

For its faithful depiction of a traditional China in both spiritual and physical aspects, highly acclaimed Chinese TV drama Nirvana in Fire is in fact the best visual introduction to all things Chinese, from customs, costumes, architecture, interior design, garden design, urban design, furniture design to state politics. 31-year old Mei Changsu kept waking up from a recurring nightmare in […]

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Money God in Chinese New Year’s Painting

Chinese New Year’s Paintings are typically used to decorate the internal walls at the beginning of each new lunar year. The themes of New Year’s Painting are often closely associated with Chinese people’s common aspirations and unique language. For instance, a bat (蝠) represents fortune (福), a fan (扇) indicates kindness (善), a spear (戟) is a symbol for luck (吉) […]

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Top 10 Chinese Musical Instruments

A private evening concert at a Tang minister’s home, by Gu Hongzhong (顾闳中 910 – 980) In December 1987, a unique solo flute concert was taken place at a news conference hosted by the Culture Department of Henan Province. There was only one performer: the director of Music Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Arts; and there was only one […]

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Water Shortage Solutions from Chinese Peasants

At the southwest of Hubei Province, there is Badong County; in the Badong, there is Gauze Cap Mountain; and on the west side of the mountain there is a 2-m wide canal about 1,100 metres above sea level. Who built this waterway into the formidable cliff face? A Courageous Water Shortage Solution from Chinese Peasants Located inland of China, Badong always has a water shortage […]

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How to Address a Chinese

How to address a Chinese is a complicated matter, even for a Chinese, let alone when you are a foreigner in China. Cultural Influence on How Chinese Address Each Other There are many factors that differentiate Chinese ways to address a person from that of the West, and here are some major ones: Family Lineage As Chinese culture pays more attention […]

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8 Chinese Mushroom Soup Recipes

Mushrooms, whether fresh or dried, are regarded by both Taoists and Chinese herbalists as magic food, and featured prominently in Taoist’ daily menu. Mushrooms not only provide you with major nutritions you may get from both vegetables and non-vegetable sources, but also help cleaning up your internal systems. Apart from that, mushrooms can also assist you to lose weight and keep slim. Here are […]

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