Nirvana in Fire (3): A Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year was approaching and cargo business was booming. The wharfies complained to the headman that the two boatloads of mandarin packages were unreasonably heavy. The traditional Chinese royal family was a strictly hierarchical community, with the emperor at the top as the absolute ruler and empress as his deputy sheriff  Each morning, the Emperor’s lesser wives were required to […]

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Modern Chinese Hermits

When a Chinese elderly celebrates his or her birthday, the most common congratulatory messages would often be a couplet “福如东海长流水,寿比南山不老松”, meaning “may your fortune be as boundless as the East Sea and may you live as long as pines in Mt Zhongnan (终南山)”. What Is So Special with the Pines in Mt Zhongnan? Or it may should be asked what […]

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