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 boatload 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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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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Tips on Good Health

Here are some handy tips on good health compiled from the Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view. Qi and Health Qi in the concept of the traditional Chinese medicine is an info energy that forms and sways everything in the universe, and it is in the ocean of the qi that everything exists. As your body is structured and maintained by qi, the quality […]

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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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