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Published: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:16:28 +0000

 



How People Celebrate Christmas in China

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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.



Chinese Christmas: Celebrate a Chinese-Style...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Chinese Culture: Chinese Gift-Giving Etiquette

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Learn How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



What Red Envelopes Mean on Chinese New Year

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



China's traffic troubles

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z




11 Taboos in Chinese Culture

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learn how to avoid common Chinese taboos.



What is Education Like in China?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



How to Celebrate Chinese Birthdays

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Things to Know About a Chinese Funeral

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Find Out What Your Chinese Name Would Be

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Dating in China: What’s Different?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



7 Chinese Fable Stories

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Fun...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



What Not to Buy When Giving Gifts in China

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Mahjong: How To Play Mahjong

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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 Celebrate Chinese New Year

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Your Guide to Mahjong Tiles

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



3 Things Everyone Should Know about the Chinese...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

New Year is China's most-important holiday.



Chinese Wedding Rituals

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



6 Remnants of the Qin Dynasty That Still...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

The impact of China's First Dynasty



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Chinese Customs For Meeting People

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learn the proper Chinese customs for meeting new people.



A Quick Summary about Buddhism in China

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learn more about Buddhism in China. It was brought from India about 2000 years ago and took hold, becoming the state religion until the Communist era.



Higher Education in Beijing for Non-Chinese...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Yin and Yang in Chinese Culture

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Taiwan's National History

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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






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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Chinese Film Festivals

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Chinese New Year: Lantern Colors

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z




Chinese Etiquette - Chinese Etiquette Tips

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learnt tips to understanding Chinese Traditions and Chinese Culture.



Exploring Chinese Wedding Traditions

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Chinese Business - Chinese Business Meeting...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



The Facts About the Elderly in China

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



How Is China's President Really Elected?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



How the Chinese Celebrate Birthdays of Elderly...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Double Ten Day and the Wuchang Uprising

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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).



What is the History of the Chinese Zodiac?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Video-gaming in China

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Interesting Chinese Birthday Customs

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Learn All about Taiwan, the Republic of China

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learn all about Taiwan, the Republic of China. From the flag, currency and national anthem to history, holidays, sightseeing, and study abroad opportunities.



What You Should Know About These Chinese Good...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



The Root of the Tiananmen Square Protests

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Learn to Play Liar's Dice

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



The Power of the Chinese Military

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Chinese Etiquette for Visiting a Chinese Home

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Celebrate a Traditional Chinese Birthday with...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Chinese Fortune Telling

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



The Gaokao

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



The 4 Great Chinese Inventions

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



What Are the Top Chinese Websites?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z




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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Check Out How Your Name Looks in Chinese

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



How the Traditional Chinese View of Sex Is...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Tiananmen Square Incident 1976

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



How Diverse is China's Landscape?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Chinese Civil War part 2: 1940-1950

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

The Chinese Civil war raged for several decades, but the last ten years were among the most brutal, and sealed China's future.



3 Types of Chinese Proverbs and Lots of Examples

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Chinese proverbs are famous Chinese sayings.



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



Are You Yin or Yang?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Each person is classified yin or yang based one of the five elements, depending on his or her year of birth as well as on the season they were born.



How a Traditional Chinese Foot Massage Helps...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



A Step-by-Step Guide to Brewing Chinese Tea

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Chinese Jade Culture - Stories About Jade

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



How Many Chinese Characters Do You Really Need...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.






Five of the Best Books About Feng Shui

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



All About the Chinese Communist Party

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



How Was Silk Discovered?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

What is your lucky year as determined by the Chinese zodiac? See how whether you have a yin or yang nature determines which years are lucky or not.



How Does Chinese Culture View Dogs?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Face Culture in China

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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How Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Lu Xun: The Father of Modern Chinese Literature

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



How to Play Chinese Card Game Dou Di Zhu

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learn how to play Dou Di Zhu, one of China's most popular card games.



Tomb Sweeping Festival

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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






A Short History of the Chinese in Cuba

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

The Origins of the Chinese Community in Cuba



What Is the May Fourth Movement in China?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.



What Flowers Represent in Chinese Culture

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



How Wei Xin Became the Most Popular Instant...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Mahjong: How to Set Up a Mahjong Game

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Learn About Nian, the Grandest Chinese Festival

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learn about China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ); what they are and where they are in China.



What Is Chinese Tea?

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Learn about the history of Chinese tea, the different kinds of Chinese tea, and how to conduct a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.



The Origins of Cuban Chinese Cuisine

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Cuban-Chinese food explained. Chinese Culture.



Fun Facts About Chinese Chopsticks

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

The story and customs of Chinese chopsticks in China.



The History of the Dragon Boat Festival

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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 Gifts for All Occasions

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Banquets, food, flowers, and cash are great Chinese gift-giving options.



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

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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



Confucius: Happy Birthday, Confucius

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

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.’



Here's Your Guide to Chinese New Year Lantern...

2017-02-21T11:16:28Z

Here's what you should know about Lantern Festival, including the symbolism and which characters to write on your own lantern to wish in Chinese.