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Most recent Chinese Culture blogs and columns

  • The Chinese character for “military” conveys the qualities of being warlike or fierce, as well as being brave, courageous, valiant, powerful, or formidable. The two components of the character express the moral principles associated with Chinese martial arts as activities that ultimately aim to stop or prevent warfare, violence, and the use of force. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Military: Wǔ (武)

    The Chinese character 武 (wǔ) is commonly used as an adjective referring to “military,” “combative,” or “martial,” and also means being warlike or fierce, as... Read more

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    Legendary Origins of the Chinese Language

    April 20 is UN Chinese Language Day. Here’s a look at the fantastic tale of the language’s origins and significance.  Strong fingers traced delicate lines,... Read more

  • Wen Jiao told General Tao: “In light of the current situation, there is no other way out. It is like riding on the back of a tiger and you cannot get off.”
Credit: Catherine Chang/Epoch Times

    Riding a Tiger and Hard to Dismount (騎虎難下)

    The Chinese expression “騎虎難下” (qí hǔ nán xià), literally “riding a tiger and it being hard to dismount”, is used to describe a situation in... Read more

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    Chinese Characters: Ink (墨)

    The character 墨, pronounced mò, means ink, or ink stick, and consists of two parts. The upper part is the character 黑, hēi, which means... Read more

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    Chinese Characters: Sweep (掃)

    The character 掃 (sǎo), to sweep, is the evolved replacement of the original form 帚. The original character 帚 can be traced back to an... Read more

  • The next year, Chong Er, the king of the state of Jin, visited Jie’s tomb. To their surprise, they discovered that the burned willow tree was alive and full of new branches with green leaves. It was as if Jie was greeting them and encouraging the king to remain pure and bright. (Zhiching Chen/Epoch Times)

    Cultural Observances

    The Qīngmíng Festival (清明), also referred to as Pure Bright Day or Tomb-Sweeping Day, is another important traditional Chinese festival. It is celebrated on the... Read more

  • Chunyu Kun advised the King of Qi: “When you drink you get so drunk that you lose your senses. Once joy reaches its height, then it is sorrow’s turn. Extreme joy gives rise to sorrow. This is a universal rule.” (Zhiching Chen/Epoch Times)

    Extreme Joy Begets Sorrow (樂極生悲)

    The Chinese expression “樂極生悲” (lè jí shēng bēi) literally means “extreme joy begets sorrow.” It first appeared in the Huaji biographies of the Sh? jì... Read more

  • Chinese Characters: ? (Stele)

    The character 碑 (bēi) is a noun, and means “stele.” The left side is the stone radical 石, shi1, which indicates its material composition. The... Read more

  • An Internet beauty contest ranks Chinese cities according to the beauty of their women.

    Find Out Where China’s Most Beautiful Women Reside

    An annual Internet beauty contest ranks Chinese cities according to the beauty of their women.  Casting their votes during 2013, netizens across China, for the... Read more

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    Chinese Characters: 斷 (Judge, Decide)

    The original meaning of the character 斷, duàn, is very clear in the seal script where the left part of the character graphically depicts silk... Read more

  • In ancient Chinese culture, the dragon holds a prominent position and is regarded as an auspicious symbol. Falun Gong practitioners are performing a dragon dance in Washington DC on July 4th 2013. (The Epoch Times)

    When the Dragon Raises Its Head

    The second day of the second lunar month is traditionally celebrated as the Zhonghe Festival, or the day the “Dragon Raises its Head.” Chinese folklore... Read more

  • The story of Xiao Yixin, a woman from the Liao Dynasty, tells of traditional morality and etiquette, the bonds of family, mutual respect between husband and wife, and mutual support in time of need—essential principles that were cherished in ancient China. (Xixinxing/Photos.com)

    Story From Ancient China: The Traditional Virtues of a Chinese Lady

    Xiao Yixin (蕭意辛), the wife of Ye Lunu, an official of the Liao Dynasty (遼朝) (A.D. 916—1125), was known as a female role model in... Read more

  • Bo Le saw something special in the struggling horse and approached it. Credit: Zhiching Chen/Epoch Times

    Chinese Idioms: Bo Le Appraised the Horse (伯樂相馬)

    According to Chinese legend, Bo Le (伯樂) was originally the name of a god in charge of the horses of Heaven. He was the master... Read more

  • “A broken mirror joined together” metaphorically means the reunion of husband and wife after a forced separation. It originated from a story about true love. (Sherry Hsiao/Epoch Times)

    A Broken Mirror Joined Together (破鏡重圓)

    During the late Southern and Northern Dynasties (A.D. 420–581), in the state of Chen, there lived a princess named Lechang who was known for her... Read more

  • Caligraphy of Huang Tingjian. (Internet photo)

    How a Chinese Poet Found His Mother From a Past Life

    A gifted Chinese poet in the Northern Song Dynasty, guided by a dream, found his mother from his previous life, fulfilling a vow he had... Read more

  • In China’s mythology, Goddess Nu Wa is seen as the Goddess of Creation and a Master God. As an almighty goddess, she is able to create and transform all matters; she used clay to create humans and melted down stones to repair the broken sky.

    Human Day Missing During Chinese New Year Celebrations

    During the Southern and Northern Dynasties, the legend of Human Day was considered one of the most important celebrations in China. Unfortunately this deep and... Read more

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    5 Unusual Coincidences in This Year of the Horse

    Entering the Year of the Horse, netizens are finding that this Horse year is a very special year with five extraordinary facts.  1. In the... Read more

  • During this Lantern Festival, wishing everyone a bright and joyful time in the year ahead. Credit: Cindy Sheu/Epoch Times

    Chinese Lantern Festival Customs: A Closer Look

    The Lantern Festival is one of the most important of five traditional festivals in China. Always on the 15th day of the first month of... Read more

  • Chinese traders set off fireworks to acknowledge the 'god of wealth' outside the Silk Market and bring their businesses prosperity and good fortune on the fifth day of the lunar New Year in Beijing on Feb. 14, 2013. China is welcoming the Year of the Snake and tradition proclaims that a snake in the house is a good sign because it means the family will not starve and children born in the Year of the Snake will be cunning, intelligent and wise (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chinese New Year Custom: Crush Poverty, Welcome Prosperity

    During Chinese New Year, the ancient Chinese custom of sending away the five ghosts of the poor and welcoming the god of wealth is still... Read more

  • Badaling sector of Great Wall, Brijing, China. (*Shutterstock)

    Lessons for Leaders from Ancient China: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

    Rude. Fierce. Unscrupulous. These are the words one would use to describe famed Chinese official Zhou Chu in his younger days. Zhou lived during the... Read more


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