Chinese Culture

Chinese Character for Sky, Heaven: Tiān (天)

The Chinese character for sky or heaven depicts the space or dimension existing above human beings. (Epoch Times)
The Chinese character for sky or heaven depicts the space or dimension existing above human beings. (Epoch Times)

The Chinese character 天 (tiān) stands for sky or heaven and is also used to refer to god, nature or what is natural, or the...




  • The Chinese character for saint or sage is composed of three characters that together depict a person with superior speaking and listening skills. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Saint, Sage: Shèng (聖)

    The Chinese character 聖 (shèng) refers to a sage or a saint, or the quality of being holy, sacred, or revered. 聖 (shèng) is an... Read more

  • In the Chinese character for water, 水 (shuǐ), the centre stroke indicates a long ripple, while the strokes on either side indicate short ripples. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Water: Shuǐ (水)

    The Chinese character 水 (shuǐ) refers to water, a liquid, or a fluid. It can also refer to a river, stream, or other body of... Read more

  • On the night of the 7th day in the 7th month, Niulang and Zhinu can travel across the Milky Way over a bridge formed by magpies for their once-a-year reunion. (Annie Wu/Epoch Times)

    The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl

    A very long time ago, the sky was not as high as it is now and divine beings were not so far away from human... Read more

  • Reuben Tom Kee holds his book “Ode to China: Sagacity!” at a book signing at Chapters book store in Ottawa in 2013. (Courtesy of Reuben Tom Kee)

    Book of Poetry an Eloquent Ode to Ancient China

    Fulfilling his wish to give Western readers a taste of Chinese culture, Ottawa resident Reuben Tom Kee has translated 11 ancient Chinese poems into English... Read more

  • On the night of the 7th day in the 7th month, Niulang and Zhinu can travel across the Milky Way over a bridge formed by magpies for their once-a-year reunion. (Annie Wu/Epoch Times)

    The Double Seventh Festival

    The Qi Xi Festival (七夕節, qī xī jié) is an important traditional festival in China. Literal to the name, it always falls on the seventh... Read more

  • The Chinese character 山 (shān) refers to a mountain, mountain range, or hill. It is a pictograph that depicts a series of mountain peaks. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Mountain: Shān (山)

    The Chinese character 山 (shān) refers to a mountain, mountain range, or hill. It can also mean a grave or mound. 山 (shān) is a... Read more

  • In his rhapsody, Jiang described the lady as “a red lotus in a pool of still water … she is bright with colors, beautiful and brilliant.” (Flora Chung/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Bright With Colors (五光十色)

    Jiang Yan was a poet from the Southern Dynasty (A.D. 420–581). He was recognized as a master of “fu” and was an important literary figure... Read more

  • Wu Youru

    19th Century Account of UFO Flight Witnessed by Hundreds in China

    Famed painter Wu Youru of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) produced a curious work titled “Red Flames in the Sky,” also translated as “Red Hot Flame... Read more

  • Zhang Heng

    2,000-Year-Old Earthquake Detector Worked With Accuracy in China

    In 132 A.D., Zhang Heng presented the Han court with the world’s first seismoscope. A 2005 replica was even said to detect earthquakes with the... Read more

  • Jia Yi had to end his relationship with Li Shishi, whom he loved, because Emperor Huizhong liked her as well. (Catherine Chang/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Net From Heaven to Earth (天羅地網)

    In the Northern Song Dynasty (A.D. 960–1127), Jia Yi and Li Shishi were lovers. Jia was a military attaché who was very handsome and known... Read more

  • The definitions of the Chinese character for immortal in the first important Chinese dictionary, completed in A.D. 100, were “live long and move away,” and “a human being on a mountain.” (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Immortal: Xiān (仙)

    The Chinese character 仙 (xiān) refers to an immortal, a fairy, or a celestial or supernatural being. It is also used to refer to a... Read more

  • From a first-ever-seen camel to the many appearances of Buddha, if one hasn’t seen or experienced much, one is likely to be surprised.
(SandyJean/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Surprised Having Seen So Little (少見多怪)

    Once upon a time, there was a man who had never seen or heard of a camel. One day, he went for a walk in... Read more

  • The Chinese character 子 (zi, zǐ) depicts a baby swaddled with the arms out. In early versions of the character, the way the two arms were drawn conveyed a sense of up-and-down motion, denoting the lively spirit of a young child. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Child: Zi, Zǐ (子)

    The Chinese character 子 (zi, zǐ) refers to a son, a boy, a child, a person, or a seed. 子 (zi, zǐ) is a pictograph... Read more

  • Sun Zi, the great Chinese general and military strategist, writes the treatise “The Art of War.” (SM Yang/The Epoch Times)

    Sun Zi: Military Strategist and Author of ‘The Art of War’

    Sun Zi, also known as Sun Wu or Sun Tzu, was a high-ranking military general in Chinese history who is known for being one of... Read more

  • A small statue of an ancient Chinese musician playing the qin rests under a tree. The qin is a Chinese stringed instrument of the zither family. (Gabriel Eckert/Photos.com)

    Chinese Idiom: Playing the Qin to a Cow

    The Chinese idiom “playing the qin to a cow” (對牛彈琴, pronounced duì niú tán qín) describes the wasted effort of talking to someone who cannot... Read more

  • The Chinese character 老 (lǎo) means old and also refers to being venerable, skilled, expert, or experienced. The idiom 老馬識途 (lǎo mǎ shí tú), literally “old horse knows the way,” praises an aged and experienced person for his or her knowledge and wisdom. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Old: Lǎo (老)

    The Chinese character 老 (lǎo) means old, aged, or elderly. It also refers to being venerable, skilled, expert, or experienced. Also a radical used to... Read more


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