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Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:17:01 +0000

 



What Red Envelopes Mean on Chinese New Year

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Learn Gift-Giving Etiquette in Chinese Culture

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Not only is the choice of gift important in Chinese culture, but how much you spend on it, how you wrap it, and how you present it are equally important.



Air Pollution in China

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



What Is Daoism and How Is It Practiced in China?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn more about Daoism (Taoism) in China.



How to Celebrate Chinese Birthdays

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn about Chinese birthday celebrations including Chinese birthday traditions and taboos.



11 Taboos in Chinese Culture

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn how to avoid common Chinese taboos.



What is Education Like in China?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Find Out What Your Chinese Name Would Be

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



4 Things to Know About a Chinese Funeral

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

See how people’s lives are remembered and celebrated at Chinese funerals. Chinese funeral traditions vary depending on where the deceased person and his or her family are from but some basic traditions still apply.



Chinese Wedding Rituals

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



7 Chinese Fable Stories

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Exploring Chinese Wedding Traditions

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn about Chinese wedding traditions including engagement, betrothal gifts, and bridal dowry.



Want to Know How Your Name Looks in Chinese?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Confucius: Happy Birthday, Confucius

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

The Grand Ceremony Dedicated to Confucius (祭孔大典) is held annually on Confucius’ Birthday to pay homage to Confucius, China’s ‘First Teacher.’



Dating in China: What’s Different?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



What Not to Buy When Giving Gifts in China

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

While giving a gift is much appreciated and it’s the thought that counts, there are some gifts that are absolute no-no’s in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Avoid these Chinese gift giving blunders.



Chinese Customs For Meeting People

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn the proper Chinese customs for meeting new people.



Your Guide to Mahjong Tiles

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Higher Education in Beijing for Non-Chinese...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Mahjong: How To Play Mahjong

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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).



How to Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Learn How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



A Quick Summary about Buddhism in China

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn more about Buddhism in China.



Interesting Chinese Birthday Customs

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Fun...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



How the Chinese Celebrate Birthdays of Elderly...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Chinese Wedding Gifts

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn what kind of Chinese wedding gifts are acceptable to give at Chinese weddings. Learn what Chinese wedding gifts to avoid.



6 Remnants of the Qin Dynasty That Still...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

The impact of China's First Dynasty



Yin and Yang in Chinese Culture

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Business - Chinese Business Meeting...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Etiquette - Chinese Etiquette Tips

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learnt tips to understanding Chinese Traditions and Chinese Culture.



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

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



The Facts About the Chinese Moon Festival

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Confucianism's second most famous philosopher...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Mencius was a Chinese philosopher who was considered the second most important figure in Confucianism.



China vs. Hong Kong

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

China and Hong Kong are the same country, but that doesn't mean they always get along. But what's the cause of all the bickering?



Celebrate a Traditional Chinese Birthday with...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



What You Should Know About These Chinese Good...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Tiger Moms and Little Emperors: Parenting in...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



What is the History of the Chinese Zodiac?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

The History of the Chinese Zodiac



The Facts About the Elderly in China

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Check Out How Your Name Looks in Chinese

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



How the Traditional Chinese View of Sex Is...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Fortune Telling

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



How a Traditional Chinese Foot Massage Helps...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



3 Things Everyone Should Know about the Chinese...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

New Year is China's most-important holiday.



Double Ten Day and the Wuchang Uprising

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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).



How Many Chinese Characters Do You Really Need...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



The Gaokao

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



3 Types of Chinese Proverbs and Lots of Examples

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Chinese proverbs are famous Chinese sayings.



How Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Learn to Play Liar's Dice

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Etiquette: Visiting a Chinese Home

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn the proper Chinese etiquette for visiting a Chinese home.



The Story Behind the Double Happiness Symbol

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

If you've always wanted to know the story behind the Chinese Double Happiness character, get the facts with this overview of the good luck symbol.



How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Fun Facts About Chinese Chopsticks

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

The story and customs of Chinese chopsticks in China.



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

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



How Was Silk Discovered?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



The History of the Dragon Boat Festival

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Get the facts about the history of the Dragon Boat Festival with this brief review. Learn about the origins of the festival, the food served and more.



Chinese Jade Culture - Stories About Jade

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



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

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Chinese Wedding - All about Chinese Weddings

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Helpful links on everything from pre-wedding prep and Chinese wedding clothing to Chinese wedding food and Chinese wedding favors.



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

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



How Wei Xin Became the Most Popular Instant...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



How China's National People's Congress is Elected

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

All about how China's legislative representatives to the National People's Congress are elected.



Biography of Chairman Mao Zedong

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Get the facts on Chairman Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, with this biography of the leader who earned worldwide recognition.



Video-gaming in China

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Taiwan History - A Brief History of Taiwan

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

From its early days to the present day, learn about Taiwan's history.



How People Celebrate Christmas in China

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



A Step-by-Step Guide to Brewing Chinese Tea

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



How Does Chinese Culture View Dogs?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Tomb Sweeping Festival

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Christmas: Celebrate a Chinese-Style...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Five of the Best Books About Feng Shui

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Learn About Nian, the Grandest Chinese Festival

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn about Nian, or the Spring Festival, its origin, development, and link to a monstrous story.



The 4 Great Chinese Inventions

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Many of the tools used today, from compasses to kites were invented in China. Learn about Chinese inventions and their origins, how they work, and where to purchase them.



Wu Zetian

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Culture - Learn All About Chinese...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Legalism: the ancient Chinese philosophy that...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



What Flowers Represent in Chinese Culture

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Chinese flowers are a recurring theme in Chinese art and poetry. Learn the importance of flowers in Chinese culture along with symbolism and taboos.



The Root of the Tiananmen Square Protests

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Yin Yang: Are You Yin or Yang?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Mahjong: How to Set Up a Mahjong Game

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



How Diverse is China's Landscape?

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Etiquette – Chinese Dining...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Learn Chinese dining etiquette tips.



Chinese New Year: Origins of the Lantern Festival

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Learn How to Play Mahjong for Free

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

While the origin of mahjong (or mahjongg) is unknown, the fast-paced four-player game is popular throughout Asia and growing in the U.S.



China's Internet Culture

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Chinese Toasts

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.



Tiananmen Square Incident 1976

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



China's traffic troubles

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



Can the Chinese Predict a Baby's Sex With a...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Use this Chinese Birth Chart to predict whether you will have a boy or girl.



Face Culture in China

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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Chinese History: Sixth Five-Year Plan (1980-1985)

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

The Sixth Five-Year Plan (1980-1985) was created as part of the Ten Year National Economic Development Plan for 1976-1985 but was amended in 1980 and 1982. The final version of the Sixth Five-Year Plan was ratified in December 1982.



How the Chinese Zodiac Can Tell You if this Is...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Knowing whether you’re hot, cold, or neutral (yin or yang) helps determine your fortune plus other things like what your lucky and unlucky years are. While other factors including a person’s general luckiness also play a role in how lucky a person could be in a particular year. Lucky years are determined by the Chinese zodiac, a 12-year cycle with one of 12 animals assigned to each year.



Chinese Clothing: Mao Suit

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

Also known as the Zhongshan suit, the Mao suit is the Chinese version of a Western business suit.



Hungry Ghost Month

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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



What's a Good Way to Start Understanding...

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

A basic explanation of the five Mandarin Chinese tones.



Chinese Wedding Traditions

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

On the morning of Chinese weddings, there are several pre-Chinese wedding traditions.



The Power of the Chinese Military

2016-09-30T11:17:01Z

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.