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Tomb Sweeping Festival - Qīngmíng jié

Tomb Sweeping Festival – Qīngmíng jié

Tomb Sweeping Festival Qīngmíng jié:  Qīngmíng jié Every year on the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, Chinese people celebrate 清明节 (Qīngmíng jié) “Tomb Sweeping Festival”, a day in which Chinese people pay respect to their ancestors. Even though the festival has more than 2,500 years of history, it only became an official public holiday in China in the year 2008. In…read more →

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

5 Chinese Slang Words to Better Understand Modern China

I started learning Mandarin Chinese more than five years ago. I couldn’t understand what people were saying to me on the street, but of course they just kept talking. I thought I should probably start trying to learn some Chinese vocabulary, just to make my life easier in China. I was teaching in Dongguan, the biggest factory town in Guangdong province, Southern…read more →

5 interesting facts about Chinese National Day

5 interesting facts about Chinese National Day

5 interesting facts about Chinese National Day   1) Chinese National Day (国庆节 Guóqìng jié) is celebrated on October 1st every year to commemorate the founding of People’s Republic of China.   2) Although the Chinese Independence Day was actually on Sept. 21 1949, in December 1949, the Chinese Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People’s Republic…read more →

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival

Discovering China: Mid-Autumn Festival On the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which happens to land on September 15th this year, is the Mid-Autumn Festival, a major traditional Chinese festival  which is widely celebrated in all parts of the country. Also known as “The Moon Festival”, 中秋节(zhōngqiū jié) is celebrated at that time of the year…read more →

15 Facts About China!

15 Facts About China!

1. The modern word “China” is thought to derive from the Qin dynasty which ruled the country in the third century BC. The Sogdian (modern day Iran) traders referred to the people under the Qin rule as “chin” and the location as “China”. 2. 1 out of 5 people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is over 2 times larger…read more →

Want an Eye-Opening Cultural Experience? Try Dining in China

Want an Eye-Opening Cultural Experience? Try Dining in China

Most people love Chinese food and it’s not hard to see why. Wherever there’s a Chinese community in a city, there will also be several Chinese restaurants. While the popularity of wantons and egg fried rice is undeniable, there’s also a new wave of restaurants in foreign countries creating fusion food, carefully blending Chinese flavors with a country’s traditional cuisine….read more →

Discovering China: The Dragon Boat Festival

Discovering China: The Dragon Boat Festival

On the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar, Chinese people celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 (Duānwǔ jié). During this holiday people commemorate the life and the death of the famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan. QU YUAN Qu Yuan was a patriotic author during the 5th century B.C., who was serving the State of Chu. When some…read more →

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