Chinese Culture

Why the Chinese Get Up Early

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Zhu Xi, a 12th-century scholar whose teachings and interpretations of the Confucian texts influenced many generations of Chinese, once wrote: “The essence of the day...

  • Shoppers watch a Chinese Lion Dance performance to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store on Lexington Avenue in New York City on Feb. 19, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

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  • Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) Celebrations in Flushing, New York on Feb. 8, 2014. (Edward Dai/Epoch Times)

    These New Year Greeting Cards Terrify the Chinese Regime

    The Chinese regime has been keeping its lips tight about its persecution of Falun Gong. This silence likely has less to do with the brutality... Read more

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    What You Need to Know About the Year of the Sheep

    Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, marks the start of the Year of the Sheep according to the traditional Chinese calendar. It is also known as the... Read more

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    Famous People Born in the Year of the Goat

    The Chinese New Year begins on Feb. 19th. While welcoming the Year of the Goat, we say good-bye to the Year of the Horse. In... Read more

  • “Three goats bring harmony” is one of the popular greetings for the Year of the Goat. On the arrival of the Chinese New Year under the Goat zodiac sign, Chinese people will greet one another with such good wishes when they meet. (SM Yang/Epoch Times)

    What the Chinese Say About Year of the Goat People

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  • The 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. (Zhiching Chen/Epoch Times)

    Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the Goat

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    Desperate Measures in Ancient China: Assassins of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (Part 2)

    Tragedy invariably followed ancient Chinese assassins—even in the event of success, these fearless warriors expected no less than death upon attempting their missions. Some of... Read more

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    Desperate Measures in Ancient China: Assassins of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (Part 1)

    The tales of Chinese assassins are of men whose extreme resolve and loyalty earned them a unique and influential place in Chinese history. Carrying out... Read more

  • The minister tells the king of Jin about the farmer and his wife, commending them for the great mutual respect and honour with which they treated each other. (Sandy Jean/Epoch Times)

    Family Day: Love and Devotion in Ancient China

    When seeing ripe fruit falling, remember that it comes from the tree; when having a drink of water, think of the headwaters from which it... Read more

  • Confucius, 1770. (The Granger Collection, New York via Wikimedia Commons)

    Improve Your Resolve With Ancient Chinese Wisdom

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  • Former Vice Chairman of the National Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Ling Jihua, on March 8, 2013, in Beijing. Ling has been stripped of his position as the vice chairman and his staggering illegitimate wealth has been exposed by Hong Kong and U.S. Chinese-language media. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

    Media Reports Hu Jintao’s Top Aide Amassed Staggering Amounts of Wealth

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  • The Chinese character 世 (shì) stands for world, an age or era, or a generation. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for World: Shì (世)

    The Chinese character 世 (shì) stands for world, an age or era, or a generation. The world is typically referred to as 世界 (shì jiè)... Read more

  • With a river behind them, Han Xin’s soldiers had no choice but to fight desperately, and they eventually crushed the Zhao army. (Jane Ku/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Battling With One’s Back To The River (背水一戰)

    Han Xin (about 256–195 B.C.) was a military strategist and general who contributed greatly to the founding of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.– A.D. 220)... Read more

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    Philosopher Mo Zi: The MLK of Ancient China

    Since 1971, the third Monday of each January has been a U.S. federal holiday dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., the great American civil rights... Read more

  • The Han Hao Bird believed it was the most beautiful bird in the world, even more beautiful than the phoenix. Instead of working hard to build a nest for the winter, it spent its time showing off its glamorous coat, muddling along day after day, until it finally froze staff one night in the icy cold.(insima/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Story From Ancient China: The Han Hao Bird

    According to legend, on Wutai Mountain there lived a creature called the Han Hao Bird (寒號鳥), a bird very different from other birds. Not only... Read more

  • Right: A depiction of Zhang Guo Lao riding backward on his donkey. (Yeuan Fang/Epoch Times) Background: A Lakota camp, c. 1891. (John C. Grabill via Shutterstock*)

    Similar Backward Characters in Ancient Chinese, Native American Cultures

    Are you moving forward or backward in life? Some ancient cultures had figures that literally moved backward to remind the people around them to pay... Read more