Chinese Business Traditions

For thousands of years, China had been a peasant society with commercial activities consciously suppressed, which shaped China’s business traditions. But it was not always the case. There was a time when China was a paradise for merchants, and the merchant paradise lasted for 600 years. It was Shang, a dynasty established in 1700BC by Chinese merchants. The Achievements of the Merchant […]

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China’s Confucius Merchants

In Chinese business world, there is a word that used to be very popular and now starts to regain public attention. That is the word “rushing (儒商)”, meaning Confucius Merchants. Why It Is Confucius Merchant Not Confucius Entrepreneur? Some Chinese scholars prefer to translate “rushang” into English as “Confucius Entrepreneur”. This term may have a better echo to the contemporary Chinese […]

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Chinese New Year Traditions and Customs

Chinese New Year traditions and customs vary in different parts of China. Here just introduce some common practices adopted by majority groups of Chinese people. Lunar December 8: Traditionally this is the day when Chinese New Year festival begins to warm up. People cook nuts-rich rice congee (labazhou 腊八粥, la 腊 for lunar December, ba 八 is number 8, zhou 粥 means congee) and serve when it’s hot on […]

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8 Bizarre Chinese to English Translation

Over the years, there are heaps of jokes spreading online regarding some weird Chinese to English translation found in China. Many of them are the result of a literal interpretation, character by character. Recently, Mella Robinson and Mellissa Stanger from businessinsider.com.au listed “18 Chinese expressions with bizarre literal translations”. They believe those peculiar expressions are derived from the fact that the Chinese “characters that make up each […]

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Online Shopping in China

Online shopping in China is booming. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), since two years ago, China has replaced the US as the world’s largest e-commerce market, with a market value at $306 billion. Just the sales figure of Alibaba (taobao.com) alone is equal to the entire US online selling. By the end of 2013, there are around 8 million stores on […]

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Peasant Workers Hit the Road before Chinese New Year

Peasant Workers Have no Money to Go Home Hundreds of Chinese peasant labours working at a building construction site in Dingyuan County of Anhui Province, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s hometown, blocked a main road linking to several cities on Sunday, Januarlly 31, 2015, over unpaid wages, causing serious traffic congestion in part of Anhui, news.qq.com reports. In the past decade or so, each year before the […]

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Effects of Air Pollution in China

In the recent years, the effects of air pollution in China become appalling, especially in the areas around the Chinese capital. Former Chinese TV presenter Chai Jing released a “self-funded” smog documentary “Under the Dome”, exploring the cause and effects of air pollution in China, which has attracted a large number of viewers. However, public opinions in China over her documentary […]

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Dry Mushroom and Spiced Nuts Salad

Eating organic and fresh is an important Taoist practice. This spiced nuts recipe is selected from 100 Taoist vegetable dishes recommended by the vice president of China Taoist Association. Ingredients: (1) lebanese cucumber 2, cut into long pieces, with leftover cut into bite sized squares; (2) cherry tomatoes 10, cut in two, with leftover cut into small wedges; (3) dry mushrooms 3, soak […]

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Stuffed Mushroom Blows

Ingredients: (1) several dry mushrooms, soak in fresh water until soft, remove the stem and slice a cross on the back of each mushroom (2) tofu (3) chives (prefer yellow chives), cut a few into long strip with the rest into fine little rolls (4) red capsicum, cut into bite sized squares (5) coriander, chop into small bits (6) ginger, […]

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Snow Peas Stir Fry Corns

This snow peas recipe called Three Colors Dish is selected from 100 Taoist vegetable dishes recommended by the vice president of China Taoist Association. Ingredients: 1, snow peas 2, caned corns 3, red chilli or capsicum (if you don’t like hot) cut to small pieces 4, ginger cut to fine strips Directions: 1, when oil heated, stir-fry ginger strips; 2, add […]

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