TRADITIONAL CHINESE WEDDING

A traditional Chinese wedding process all started with the man’s family sending a matchmaker to the girl’s household for a marriage proposal. Once the verbal agreement from the girl’s parents was obtained, the man’s family would present betrothal gifts along with a formal written marriage proposal to the girl’s family. On the wedding day, the man went to the girl’s residence […]

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A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE BUDDHIST TEMPLES

A classic Chinese Buddhist temple is typically a building complex consisted of several courtyards as shown in the illustration below. Entrance The first is the entrance building, known as Mountain Gate (山门), with a square in front and three gates that represent the doors to freedom from three constraints. The three constraints are generated by our obsessions with a temporary […]

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YANG MEIJUN AND WILD GOOSE QIGONG

The fundamental difference between Chinese kung fu/exercise and the rest in the world is the association with qi (info energy in yin-yang dual expressions, which are the invisible and intangible building blocks of all things in each of our universe). Three types of Chinese Kung Fu Among Chinese kung fu, there are roughly three kinds of practice according to the proportion between […]

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5,000-YEAR-OLD LIANGZHU CULTURE

Ever since Chinese freed themselves from a second-class citizenhood and threw the alien Manchus out of Forbidden City in the early last century and started to communicate with the world, they have maintained they are the inheritors of a 5,000-year-old unbroken cultural tradition. Many in the West are not convinced though. Firstly – they say – Chinese civilisation did appear to have […]

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINESE SOCCER

Soccer, one of the most popular sports games in the world, has a contemporary history that spans more than 100 years. Yet its roots can be traced so far back as the days before Jesus was born and before China became a unified kingdom. According to FIFA, the earliest form of the game for which there is scientific evidence was an exercise from […]

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MONEY GOD IN CHINESE NEW YEAR’S PAINTING

Chinese New Year’s Paintings are typically used to decorate the internal walls at the beginning of each new lunar year. The themes of New Year’s Painting are often closely associated with Chinese people’s common aspirations and unique language. For instance, a bat (蝠) represents fortune (福), a fan (扇) indicates kindness (善), a spear (戟) is a symbol for luck (吉) […]

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How to Address a Chinese

How to address a Chinese is a complicated matter, even for a Chinese, let alone when you are a foreigner in China. Cultural Influence on How Chinese Address Each Other There are many factors that differentiate Chinese ways to address a person from that of the West, and here are some major ones: Family Lineage As Chinese culture pays more attention […]

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CHINESE BUSINESS TRADITION

For thousands of years, China had been a peasant society with commercial activities consciously suppressed, which shaped China’s business traditions. But it was not always the case. There was a time when China was a paradise for merchants, and the merchant paradise lasted for 600 years. It was Shang, a dynasty established in 1700BC by Chinese merchants. The Achievements of the Merchant […]

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China’s Confucius Merchants

In Chinese business world, there is a word that used to be very popular and now starts to regain public attention. That is the word “rushing (儒商)”, meaning Confucius Merchants. Why It Is Confucius Merchant Not Confucius Entrepreneur? Some Chinese scholars prefer to translate “rushang” into English as “Confucius Entrepreneur”. This term may have a better echo to the contemporary Chinese […]

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CHINESE NEW YEAR TRADITIONS

Chinese New Year traditions and customs vary in different parts of China. Here just introduce some common practices adopted by majority groups of Chinese people. Lunar December 8: Traditionally this is the day when Chinese New Year festival begins to warm up. People cook nuts-rich rice congee (labazhou 腊八粥, la 腊 for lunar December, ba 八 is number 8, zhou 粥 means congee) and serve when it’s hot on […]

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8 Bizarre Chinese to English Translation

Over the years, there are heaps of jokes spreading online regarding some weird Chinese to English translation found in China. Many of them are the result of a literal interpretation, character by character. Recently, Mella Robinson and Mellissa Stanger from businessinsider.com.au listed “18 Chinese expressions with bizarre literal translations”. They believe those peculiar expressions are derived from the fact that the Chinese “characters that make up each […]

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