Chinese Culture

The Last Hieroglyphic Language on Earth and an Ancient Culture Fighting to Survive

Naxi script. (Mulligan Stu/Flickr)
Naxi script. (Mulligan Stu/Flickr)

The Dongba symbols are an ancient system of pictographic glyphs created by the founder of the Bön religious tradition of Tibet and used by the...

  • Xun Shuang wrote about traditional values and etiquette during the Han Dynasty. In his essays, he used many allusions and quotations from the classics hoping to correct the improper notions and actions of the people of that time. (Sandy Jean/Epoch Times)

    Idioms: Use Allusions or Quotations From Authoritative Works (引經據典)

     During the Eastern Han period (A.D. 25–220), Xun Shu served as a local governor of the state of Wei. He was the 11th generation of... Read more

  • Su Wu, the faithful diplomat, endured many hardships during 19 years of exile as a testament of his loyalty to his emperor and state. (Yeuan Fang/Epoch Times)

    Historical Figures: Su Wu: Loyal Diplomat and ‘Lonely Shepherd’ for 19 Years

    During the early years of the Han Dynasty (漢朝) (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), there was much turmoil on China’s northern border. The frequent incursions by the... Read more

  • International Classical Chinese Dance Competition winners on stage at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on Oct. 12, 2014. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

    Classical Chinese Dance Competition Graces Stage

    NEW YORK—As a small child, Kexin Li got to see most of the biggest tourist attractions in China with her mom. Li, 22, especially remembers... Read more

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    Anything for Power: The Real Story of China’s Jiang Zemin – Chapter 14

    Jiang Zemin’s days are numbered. It is only a question of when, not if, the former head of the Chinese Communist Party will be arrested... Read more

  • 文 (wén) is a complementary Chinese concept to 武 (wǔ), which refers to military affairs and martial arts.  (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Language, Culture: Wén (文)

    The Chinese character 文 (wén) stands for language, culture, literature, or a literary composition. As an adjective, it conveys the meanings of being elegant, refined,... Read more

  • The diplomat immediately visited the king of Jin and told him about the couple. He told the king, “Respect is a demonstration of virtue. If one is respectful, he must be virtuous! We should educate our people about this virtue.” (Sandy Jean/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Treat Each Other With Respect 相敬如賓

    During the Spring and Autumn Period (770–476 B.C.), the king of the state of Jin sent a diplomat to visit the state of Lu. One... Read more

  • The Chinese character 白 (bái) stands for the colour white. It also refers to being pure, clean, unblemished, and bright, or being clear and plain.  (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for White: Bái (白)

    The Chinese character 白 (bái) stands for the colour white. It also conveys the meanings of being pure, clean, unblemished, and bright, or being clear... Read more

  • Main image: Map of China. (Shutterstock*); Left: Photo of an ancient Chinese bronze sword,  similar to the one found at Laozhoulin River in Gaoyou County, China. (Shutterstock*)

    3,000-Year-Old Bronze Sword Discovered in China

    An 11-year-old boy was washing his hands in the Laozhoulin River in Gaoyou County, China, when he felt something hard and metallic. He pulled out... Read more

  • The Chinese character 元 (yuán) stands for the beginning or the origin, and the quality of being original, first, primary, the eldest, or the leader.  (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Origin, First: Yuán (元)

    The Chinese character 元 (yuán) stands for the beginning or the origin, and the quality of being original, first, primary, the eldest, or the leader... Read more

  • The Chinese character for truth, 眞 (zhēn), depicts an immortal transforming and ascending to heaven. An alternative form of the character is 真 (zhēn).  (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Truth: Zhēn (真)

    The Chinese character 真 (zhēn), also written as 眞 (zhēn), stands for truth, genuineness, and reality, and being authentic, right, accurate, or correct. It also... Read more

  • Bamboo artist Wen Yuke knew so much about bamboo that he could easily and quickly paint it based on pictures that came readily to mind.
(Catherine Chang/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Already Have a Plan in Mind (胸有成竹)

    Wen Yuke (also known as Wen Tong) was an artist during the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960–1279) who was very famous for his bamboo paintings. His... Read more

  • Once upon a time, a shepherd found a hole in his sheepfold, but he neglected to repair it. A few days later, several sheep were missing. He then mended the pen and never lost sheep again. (Sandy Jean/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Mend The Pen After A Sheep Is Lost (亡羊補牢)

    During the Warring States Period (475–221 B.C.), there was a minister in the state of Chu named Zhuang Xin. Zhuang worried when he saw the... Read more

  • A man of few words, Huo Qubing was nevertheless quite wise and exceptionally brave in battle. (Kiyoka Chu/Epoch Times)

    Huo Qubing: Young General of Military Might

    Under the reign of Emperor Wu (武) of Han, the Han Dynasty (漢朝) (206 B.C.–A.D. 220) saw a vast territorial expansion as well as a... Read more

  • Yi shoots down nine offending suns with a divine bow and arrows given him by the Queen Mother of the West. (Screenshot from Hillfox Art Series)

    Chinese Legends: Yi Shoots Down the Suns and Chang’E Flies to the Moon

    There are many tellings of the legend of Yi, archer hero of the Earth, and Chang’E, the Lady in the Moon. Here is but one... Read more

  • The sales of high-end mooncakes dropped over 50 percent this year due to China’s anti-corruption campaign. (Screenshot/

    China’s Mooncakes the Latest Victim of Anti-Corruption Campaign

    The humble mooncake is an indispensable snack for one of China’s major traditional holidays, the Mid-Autumn Festival. But sales of the pastries have plummeted this... Read more

  • “May human beings be blessed with longevity! Although a thousand miles apart, all can share the moon’s beauty together.” These lines from Su Shi, a poet from the Song Dynasty, have been widely used during the Mid-Autumn Festival. (Jane Ku/Epoch Times)

    The Mid-Autumn Moon in Classic Chinese Poetry (Part 4)

    A Poet’s Moon Mid-Autumn day has always been a time for Chinese poets to express their deeper feeling and thoughts, as the moon is a... Read more