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Published: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:20:53 +0000

 



How People Celebrate Christmas in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese New Year is the Chinese version of Christmas, but many Chinese get in the holiday spirit at Christmastime. Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most offices, schools and shops remain open. All the trappings of a Western Christmas can be found in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Learn about how people in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan decorate for the holidays, beliefs about Santa Claus, Christmas activities, and how Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are celebrated.



What Red Envelopes Mean on Chinese New Year

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

A red envelope is simply a long, narrow, red envelope with money in it. Traditional red envelopes are often decorated with gold Chinese characters like happiness and wealth. Variations of the red envelope include red envelopes with cartoon characters and red envelopes from stores and companies that contain coupons and gift certificates inside.



Chinese Christmas: Celebrate a Chinese-Style...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese New Year is the Chinese version of Christmas, but many Chinese get in the holiday spirit at Christmastime. Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most offices, schools and shops remain open. All the trappings of a Western Christmas can be found in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.



Air Pollution in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Air pollution is one of China's most severe environmental problems, and it is something that China's government and its people have clashed over on more than one occasion.



Chinese Culture: Chinese Gift-Giving Etiquette

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Not only is the choice in Chinese gift-giving culture important, but how much you spend, how you wrap it, and how it's presented are all important.



What is Education Like in China?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Frequently asked questions about school in China, China's educational system and enrolling in school in China.



11 Taboos in Chinese Culture

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn how to avoid common Chinese taboos.



Things to Know About a Chinese Funeral

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese funeral traditions vary depending on where the deceased person and his or her family are from but some basic traditions still apply.



How to Celebrate Chinese Birthdays

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

While Westerns celebrate each birthday with a cake and gifts, Chinese birthdays have special traditions and taboos that are important to honor.



Find Out What Your Chinese Name Would Be

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Get your Chinese name based on your English name free, with over 6,000 English names translated into Chinese.



What Is Daoism and How Is It Practiced in China?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Daoism is one of China’s major religions indigenous to the country. The primary belief is in learning and practicing “The Way”.



Want to Know How Your Name Looks in Chinese?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter S.



Dating in China: What’s Different?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Dating in China can be a bit different from dating in the West.



Learn How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese New Year is the most important and, at 15 days, the longest holiday in China. Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the lunar calendar, so it is also called Lunar New Year, and it is considered the beginning of spring, so it is also called Spring Festival. There are different stories of how Chinese New Year came about, but it has been celebrated for thousands of years. Learn the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year.



7 Chinese Fable Stories

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Many Chinese fables tell an entertaining story to illustrate a moral lesson. Here are seven such stories, involving donkeys, tigers, foxes and more.



Chinese Customs For Meeting People

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn the proper Chinese customs for meeting new people.



What Not to Buy When Giving Gifts in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

While giving a gift is appreciated, there are some that are absolute no-nos in Asian culture, like clocks. Avoid this and other gift giving blunders.



A Quick Summary about Buddhism in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn more about Buddhism in China.



Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Fun...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese New Year is the most important and, at 15 days, the longest holiday in China. Learn how to celebrate Chinese New Year's Day.



Higher Education in Beijing for Non-Chinese...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

A variety of China study abroad programs from Mandarin to Chinese medicine to are offered in Beijing for foreigners. Even those who don’t speak a word of Chinese can participate in China study abroad programs.



Chinese Wedding Rituals

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn all about Chinese wedding rituals and what happens at a Chinese wedding.



Mahjong: How To Play Mahjong

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn how to play mahjong. While the origin of mahjong (麻將, má jià ng), along called mah-jongg in the US, is unknown, the fast-paced four-player game is popular throughout Asia. The game was first sold in the US in the 1920s and has become popular in the last decade. Mahjong is often played as a gambling game; therefore, mahjong was banned after 1949 in China but reintroduced after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).



Chinese Business - Chinese Business Meeting...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn the proper Chinese business etiquette for hosting and attending a Chinese business meeting.



Chinese Etiquette - Chinese Etiquette Tips

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learnt tips to understanding Chinese Traditions and Chinese Culture.



6 Remnants of the Qin Dynasty That Still...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The impact of China's First Dynasty



Tiger, Rabbit, or Dragon? What's Your Chinese...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Discover what animals are in the Chinese zodiac, why the Chinese zodiac signs are important, and what your Chinese zodiac sign is.



3 Things Everyone Should Know about the Chinese...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

New Year is China's most-important holiday.



Your Guide to Mahjong Tiles

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

While the origin of mahjong (麻將, má jià ng), along called mah-jongg in the US, is unknown, the fast-paced four-player game is popular throughout Asia. The game was first sold in the US in the 1920s and has become popular in the last decade. Mahjong is often played as a gambling game; therefore, mahjong was banned after 1949 in China but reintroduced after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Before playing mahjong, it is important to identify and understand each mahjong tile.



How the Chinese Celebrate Birthdays of Elderly...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese people put their family in a very important position as they regard it as a means to keep the family blood stream continuously running. Learn about Chinese customs for elderly people.



Tiger Moms and Little Emperors: Parenting in...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

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Yin and Yang in Chinese Culture

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

In Chinese culture, Yin and Yang represent the two opposite principles in nature.



Exploring Chinese Wedding Traditions

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Arranged marriages have a long tradition in China. Learn about Chinese wedding traditions including engagement, betrothal gifts, and bridal dowry.



Look Back to China's Tang Dynasty and Discover...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The Tang dynasty (A.D. 618-907) is regarded as China's golden age. Learn about this time of rich Chinese culture and expanding world influence.



Hong Kong vs. China: What's All the Fighting...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

China and Hong Kong are the same country, but they don't always get along. Here's what you should know about the Hong Kong vs China conflict.



How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese New Year is the most important and, at 15 days, the longest holiday in Chinese culture. Celebrations are held throughout the holiday but get started on Chinese New Year's Eve. Learn how to celebrate Chinese New Year's Eve.



Going to a Chinese Wedding? Here's What Gift to...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn what kind of Chinese wedding gifts are acceptable to give at Chinese weddings, plus what gifts you should avoid.



What You Should Know About These Chinese Good...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

If you're interested in learning more about Chinese good luck symbols, get started with this review of the characters for health, happiness and more.



Chinese Etiquette for Visiting a Chinese Home

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

It is becoming more popular for foreigners to be invited into Chinese homes for dinner. Learn the proper etiquette for visiting a Chinese home.



China's first long-lasting dynasty helped shape...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The Han Dynasty was China's first following the initial Qin unification, and it helped shape the way the country would be run for centuries to come.



A Short History of the Chinese in Cuba

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The Origins of the Chinese Community in Cuba



China's Citizenship Policy - Becoming a Chinese...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The Nationality Law of China Outlines China's Citizenship Policy.



Interesting Chinese Birthday Customs

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese people put their family in a very important position as they regard it as a means to keep the family blood stream continuously running. Learn about Chinese customs for newborn babies.



The Gaokao

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

China's college entrance exam is a grueling 2-3 days long, but it's vitally important for any kid who wants to go to college.



How Is China's President Really Elected?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The National People's Congress of China is a group tasked with electing leaders and making policy decisions. Here's how the NPC election works.



Check Out How Your Name Looks in Chinese

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter A.



What is the History of the Chinese Zodiac?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese zodiac history also serves the practical purpose of figuring out a person’s age without having to ask directly and risk offending someone.



The Facts About the Elderly in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

How will China face the challenges that arise from its population growing old? Learn more about the problems awaiting this emerging super power.



Wu Zetian

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Wu Zetian was China's first and only female emperor. She ruled with an iron fist, but she was also a highly effective governor.



Taiwan's National History

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

From its early days to the present times, learn about Taiwan's history, including its uneasy relationship with China over the past millennium.



Chinese New Year: Origins of the Lantern Festival

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Colorful lanterns fueled with flickering flames float and bob against the infinite night sky across Asia. From Taiwan and China to Malaysia and Singapore, Asians culminate their New Year’s celebrations with a feast for the senses: a glowing spectacle of lanterns, cacophonous firecrackers, and mouthwatering food.



The Origins of Cuban Chinese Cuisine

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Cuban-Chinese food explained. Chinese Culture.



Double Ten Day and the Wuchang Uprising

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Double Ten Day is Taiwan’s National Day, a public holiday to mark the anniversary of the start of the Wuchang Uprising, which eventually led to the founding of the Republic of China (ROC).



China's traffic troubles

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

China has some of the worst traffic in the world. How does the country cope?



Celebrate a Traditional Chinese Birthday with...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Western-style birthday celebrations with neatly wrapped gifts, colorful balloons and sweet cakes with candles are becoming more popular in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. However, Chinese culture has some distinct birthday customs. Learn how to celebrate a Chinese-style birthday.



How Wei Xin Became the Most Popular Instant...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn about the popular app, Wei Xin, a free instant messaging app for iPhone, iTouch, iPad, and Android phones.



Chiang Kai-shek

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chiang Kai-shek was the a Chinese Nationalist party political and military leader during the Chinese Civil War and World War II. After losing the Civil War and fleeing China, he continued to lead the Republic of China from Taiwan, where he served as president.



The Root of the Tiananmen Square Protests

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Origins of the Tiananmen Square protests, root of Tiananmen Square protests



What to Do Before the Chinese New Year,...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important Chinese holiday. In the weeks leading up to the two-week holiday, several traditional activities are necessary to do in order to properly prepare for Chinese New Year.



Video-gaming in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Video games in China are as popular as they are anywhere else, but China's gaming scene has its own unique characteristics.



How Does Chinese Culture View Dogs?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Many people know that dogs are eaten in China as food, but that's just one aspect of the canine impact on Chinese culture.



Chinese History: First Five-Year Plan (1953-57)

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The goal of China's First Five-Year Plan (1953-57) was a high rate of economic growth It emphasized development in heavy industry and technology.



Ten Expressions Borrowed from Chinese

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Examples of Chinese calques (direct translations of expressions) that appear in English.



How Diverse is China's Landscape?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese Geography. Just about every physical landscape can be found in China.



What Does the Qipao Style of Chinese Dress Look...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Qipao or cheongsam are one-piece Chinese dresses that have been worn since the Manchu ruled China in the 17th century.



How a Traditional Chinese Foot Massage Helps...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn what a Chinese Foot Massage is and where to get one.



Tiananmen Square Incident 1976

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 weren't the first mass incident to happen in the Square during the modern era.



China's Internet Culture

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

China's internet is a diverse and unique environment that has some real differences when compared with the English-language web.



Chinese History: Second Five-Year Plan...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Realizing that the Soviet model of industrial development was not working in China (China’s high ratio of people to resources and its low level of technological development made the Soviet model unsuitable), the Second Five-Year Plan (1958-1962) outlined five objectives which modified the goals set out in the First Five-Year Plan.



Chinese Fortune Telling

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn all about Chinese fortune telling including types of fortune telling and what to expect when visiting a fortune teller.



Five of the Best Books About Feng Shui

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

If you're interested in learning about feng shui, the ancient Chinese system of spatial arrangement, reading books about the practice can help.



How Was Silk Discovered?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Silk is discovered in China as one of the best materials for clothing. Want to know when or where or how it is discovered?



Chinese Etiquette – Chinese Dining...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn Chinese dining etiquette tips.



How the Traditional Chinese View of Sex Is...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

How the Chinese tradition of sex as a controversial topic causes the lack of education about sex issues.



Learn to Play Liar's Dice

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn how to play Liar's Dice, one of the most popular games in China.



Chinese Jade Culture - Stories About Jade

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Jade symbolizes beauty, nobility, perfection, constancy, power, and immortality in Chinese culture.



Yin Yang: Are You Yin or Yang?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Each person is classified yin or yang based one of the five elements, depending on his or her year of birth.



A Step-by-Step Guide to Brewing Chinese Tea

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Having a complete Chinese tea set is integral to performing a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.



Mahjong: How to Set Up a Mahjong Game

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn how to set up a game of mahjong by following this step-by-step photo guide.



4 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Chinese New...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

In Chinese culture, families plan for one to two months before the celebrations. Learn how to prepare for Chinese New Year with these four tips.



How Many Chinese Characters Do You Really Need...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

How many Chinese characters do you need to know? For basic reading and writing of modern Chinese, you only need a few thousand. Here are the coverage rates of the most frequently used Chinese characters.



Lu Xun: The Father of Modern Chinese Literature

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

A profile of Lu Xun, the father of modern Chinese literature and one of the most widely-read Chinese authors ever.



The Facts About the Chinese Moon Festival

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Familiarize yourself with the Chinese Moon Festival with this overview of its origins, traditional foods and the ways it's celebrated worldwide.



Tomb Sweeping Festival

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn the origins of the Tomb Sweeping Festival and how the Tomb Sweeping Festival is celebrated.



Introduction to Chinese Socialist Realism

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

An introduction to Chinese Socialist Realism Art.



Chinese Film Festivals

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Think all Chinese films are about martial arts? Not so. Chinese film festivals are a great way to see some of the best flicks Asian film directors have to offer.



Everything you need to know about Baidu,...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Baidu is one of China's biggest and most influential internet companies.



Chinese Culture - Learn All About Chinese...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn all about Chinese Culture. Learn the proper way to meet new people, visit a Chinese home, and participate in a Chinese meeting. Also, get advice on giving gifts and get tips on proper gift-giving etiquette.



Hungry Ghost Month

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Learn about the Chinese hungry ghost festival and how to celebrate the Hungry Ghost Festival.



Ten English Words Borrowed from Chinese

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Many English words have roots in China.



The Power of the Chinese Military

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

One of the powerful branches of government in China, the Chinese military has a long history. Find out more about the world's largest army here.



3 Types of Chinese Proverbs and Lots of Examples

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Chinese proverbs are famous Chinese sayings.



Legalism: the ancient Chinese philosophy that...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Legalism was a Chinese political philosophy that advocated the control of society via strict laws and harsh punishments for violators.



All About the Chinese Communist Party

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The rise of communism in China came about in the early 1920s by intellectuals who were influenced by the Western ideas of anarchism and Marxism.



English Names in Chinese – Z

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter Z.



Missing some spice in your life? Take a trip to...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Take a trip to China's spiciest province, and one of its cultural cores.



What Is the May Fourth Movement in China?

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

The demonstrations of the May Fourth Movement marked a turning point in China's intellectual development which can still be felt in the present day.



Chinese Toasts

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

Whether you’re ringing in Chinese New Year with a bottle of champagne, making a toast at a wedding, or drinking 白酒 (báijiǔ, a popular type of Chinese alcohol) with your friends, here are some Chinese toasts.



Face Culture in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

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Internet Censorship in China

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

While over 384 million people have access to the Internet in China, only a portion of what the World Wide Web has to offer is available to online users. Why? Because China's government practices Internet censorship. Read how the government censors the Internet in China and what is censored.



How Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism...

2016-12-03T11:20:53Z

An introduction to Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism as the essences of traditional Chinese culture.