Chinese Culture

Legendary Foundations of Chinese Civilization: The Rule of Emperor Yu the Great

Composite Song Dynasty depictions of Yu the Great and the Yellow River. 
(National Palace Museum/PD-Art;Beijing Palace Museum/PD-Art)
Composite Song Dynasty depictions of Yu the Great and the Yellow River. (National Palace Museum/PD-Art;Beijing Palace Museum/PD-Art)

This is the eighth in a series of articles by Epoch Times staff describing the foundations of Chinese civilization, and setting forth the traditional Chinese...




  • 孝感动天_detail

    Legendary Foundations of Chinese Civilization: Emperor Shun

    This is the fifth in a series of articles by Epoch Times describing the foundations of Chinese civilization, and setting forth the traditional Chinese worldview... Read more

  • 1280px-Japan_2006_-_Kyoto_-_Toji_Pagoda

    How Japan Got Its Name and Other Influences From China’s Tang Dynasty

    When Japanese emperor Kotoku rose to the Japanese throne in the seventh century, he began a new age that would bring the island nation into... Read more

  • Painting by Sun Mingguo/Epoch Times.

    Legacy of Shao Yong, Confucian Scholar and Cosmologist

    Chinese culture is based primarily on the Daoist culture. Although historically there were Confucian scholars such as Han Yu, Liu Kai, and Shi Jie, there... Read more

  • Fusion cuisine at the Sun Moon Restaurant in Nantou, Taiwan. (Taiwan Tourism Bureau)

    Join in Taiwan’s ‘Era of Pure Food’

    The diverse and vibrant food culture of Taiwan is going on show this August at the annual Taiwan Culinary Exhibition. Events and activities highlighting the... Read more

  • The emperors Yao, Shun, and Yu ruled during the time of a legendary deluge that devastated civilization. (Epoch Times)

    Legendary Foundations of Chinese Civilization: Emperor Yao and the Great Flood

    This is the fourth in a series of articles by Epoch Times staff describing the foundations of Chinese civilization, and setting forth the traditional Chinese worldview... Read more

  • Photo of Yellow Crane Tower in 1870.

    Legend of the Yellow Crane Tower

    The Yellow Crane Tower was associated with miracles in ancient poetry. Below is a legend about the naming of this tower. While stories differ in... Read more

  • Photo of Xitang taken on April 14, 2007. (Cancan Chu/Getty Images)

    4 Ancient Chinese Villages (That Are Still Around Today)

    Due to a long history of invasions, famines, civil wars, and more recently, destructive communist social campaigns and breakneck “zombie development” in real estate, many... Read more

  • Song Dynasty depictions of emperors Yao (R) and Shun. (Public Domain-US)

    Legendary Foundations of Chinese Civilization: The Virtue of Emperor Yao

    This is the third in a series of articles by Epoch Times staff describing the foundations of Chinese civilization, and setting forth the traditional Chinese worldview... Read more

  • CDX_1194ab

    A Contemporary Chinese Master’s Search for Ancient Martial Virtue

    Among Li Youfu’s most searing memories as a child were the scenes of a drunken official—the cadre in charge of porridge rations—beating the elderly and... Read more

  • (Yun Boutique)

    Introducing the Divine Land Gemstone Compendium

    I’ve been wearing jewelry for as long as I can remember—stretchy beaded bracelets as a child, dramatic but equally cheap earrings when I finally got... Read more

  • Fu Xi creates the Eight Trigrams and Yin-Yang duality. (Leo Timm/Epoch Times)

    Legendary Foundations of Chinese Civilization: Fu Xi Brings Order to the Cosmos

    This is the second in a series of articles by an Epoch Times research team describing the foundations of Chinese civilization, and setting forth the traditional Chinese... Read more

  • A visitor views ancient Chinese calligraphy works at the Wuying Palace of the Forbidden City on Aug. 27, 2005, in Beijing, China. Many corrupt Chinese officials are making enormous money by selling their own calligraphy works. (China Photos/Getty Images)

    Legendary Foundations of Chinese Civilization: Preface

    This is the first in a series of articles by an Epoch Times research team describing the foundations of Chinese civilization, and setting forth the... Read more

  • Apart from the filial piety of children, filial daughters-in-law are also respected by heaven, earth, and man. (Epoch Times}

    Filial Piety Touches Heaven: Stories of Virtuous Daughters-in-law

    It has been said, “Filial piety is the most important of all virtues.” As the essence of Chinese culture, filial piety maintains the relationships between... Read more

  • (WeChat)

    5 Ancient Chinese Innovations That Look Like They Came From Today’s World

    Golf Chinese imperial maids playing golf? No kidding. Though there is some doubt as to who created the game that we know as golf, paintings... Read more

  • Detail of of the painting "Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk" by Tang Dynasty artist Zhang Xuan. (Public Domain)

    Surprisingly Advanced Ways the Ancient Chinese Bathed and Did Laundry

    Chinese cultures have held cleanliness in high regard since ancient times, and some of the methods they devised to wash their garments and bodies in a... Read more

  • A dragon dance team composed of Falun Gong practitioners perform in the Chinese New Year parade in Flushing, Queens, in this file photo. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    The Dragon’s Place in Chinese Civilization

    Every year, a festival is held across China to honor the awakening of the dragon, lord of moving water. Called “longtaitou” or “the dragon raises... Read more

  • Receive Our Epoch 10 Newsletter
    Important stories from around the world,
    in your inbox daily.

    Top