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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 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 →

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 →

What’s it like to be gay in China?

What’s it like to be gay in China?

When I first came to Beijing I was a little nervous. I’d done the research and it all seemed to suggest that, although gay unions weren’t recognised in China, I’d have no problems living as a gay woman. It definitely wasn’t illegal and most people had a ‘if it’s not my business, I don’t care’ attitude. There wasn’t a wealth…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 →

How to use Uber in China

How to use Uber in China

Uber and it’s Chinese rival DidiDache are currently locked in a ferocious battle for market share in China, which means incredibly low prices for consumers. According to Uber, they lost 1 billion USD in China last year alone as they charge very low fares while paying their drivers substantial bonuses out of their own pocket to make sure they have…read more →

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