Chinese Culture

Marriage or Chastity? The Story Behind a Chinese Proverb

n illustration of the poem "Cry of the Ospreys" (Xin Yuan/Yun Shang/Epoch Times)
n illustration of the poem "Cry of the Ospreys" (Xin Yuan/Yun Shang/Epoch Times)

In ancient China, widows who decided not to remarry were considered models of loyalty and chastity. At the same time, when it came to major...

  • Young Chinese women play the classical, and complicated, guqin, a relative of the zither family. (China Photos/Getty Images)

    Ancient China: When Society Was Regulated With Music and Ritual

    One of the very first pieces of recorded Chinese literature is the “Classic of Poetry,” a collection of 3,000-year-old lyrics and verses of the early... Read more

  • Tourists at the National Palace Museum in Taipei in this file photo.  (SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Upcoming Southern Expansion of Taiwan’s National Palace Museum

    Fans of traditional Chinese and Asian culture will be pleased to learn that a series of major expansions are coming to Taiwan’s National Palace Museum,... Read more

  • The statues of the Terracotta Warriors from 210-209 BC that were berried with Emperor Qin, the First Emperor of China, are on display along with other artifacts found in Times Square at the Discovery Museum on May 15, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

    Bringing Down a Demon Tyrant: Good vs. Evil in a Chinese Folktale

    Righteousness, or “yì,” is second of five cardinal Chinese virtues—the others being benevolence, courtesy, wisdom, and faith—first taught by Confucius and passed down in the... Read more

  • Detail of "Ten Thousand Miles of the Yangtze River," a Ming Dynasty painting (Public Domain)

    The Two Brides: An Ancient Chinese Tale of Benevolence

    For thousands of years, the Five Cardinal Virtues—benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, and faith—have guided the Chinese people in governance, family, and individual conduct. First taught... Read more

  • Zhang Zeduan along the river during the Qingming Festival. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Separation, Reunion, and the Traditions of China’s Mid-Autumn Festival

    The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of China’s most ancient and popular traditions, best-known as a time for families and friends to get together and feast... Read more

  • Soprano Haolan Geng of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York on Oct. 5, 2013. (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

    A New Sound at Carnegie Hall

    NEW YORK—With two performances on Oct. 10, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will bring a new sound to Carnegie Hall. Fast gaining worldwide recognition, Shen Yun’s... Read more

  • Sun Bin, descended from Sun Wu, author of the "Art of War." (Wang Shuang-K'uan/Epoch Times)

    A Tale of Two Generals, a Prophecy, and the Search for the ‘Art of War’

    Sun Zi’s timeless primer on strategy, “The Art of War,” has informed the thoughts of many a calculating mind, from generals to CEOs—and it also... Read more

  • Emperor Taizu of Song playing cuju with Prime Minister Zhao Pu. (Qian Xuan/Public Domain)

    Cuju: 2,000 Years of Ancient Chinese Soccer

    According to FIFA, the earliest form of soccer was a Chinese invention. Dating back some 2,400 years, the ancient Chinese game of Cuju shares key... Read more

  • From Album of the Yongzheng Emperor in Costumes, by anonymous court artists, Yongzheng period (1723—35). (Wikimedia Commonms)

    What Xi Jinping Could Learn From a Chinese Emperor About Anti-Corruption

    Xi Jinping, head of the Chinese regime, has been making headlines over the last two years for his sweeping anti-corruption campaign that has disciplined tens... Read more

  • From Album of the Yongzheng Emperor in Costumes, by anonymous court artists, Yongzheng period (1723—35). (Commons Wikimedia)

    Shape Up Your Posture the Chinese Way

    The ancient Chinese, like modern psychologists and physicians, regarded good posture as a key to maintaining physical vigor and spiritual health. According to traditional Chinese... Read more

  • Entrance tto the Centrak Hotel in Magong, Penghu County, Taiwan (Courtesy of Nicole1173)

    Taiwan’s Unique Take on the Bed and Breakfast: The ‘Minsu’

    Planning a trip to Taiwan? You’ll find no shortage of places happy to host you. Locally run guesthouses of all varieties have been rising in... Read more

  • A modern Chinese statue of Shang Yang

    The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Chinese Tyrant

    While the social and spiritual teachings of Confucius are now synonymous with traditional Chinese society itself, the first imperial dynasty, the powerful Qin state (221... Read more

  • Detail of Peach Blossom Spring, painted by Ming Dynasty-era artist Qiu Ying (Public Domain)

    A German’s Understanding of Ancient Chinese Poets

    The German author Hermann Hesse, known for his work about nature and his fascination with Eastern cultures and thought, penned a short, fairytale-like story set... Read more

  • A Qing Dynasty-era depiction of Queen Tai Si (Public Domain)

    The Mandate of Heaven, an Auspicious Marriage, and China’s Longest Dynasty

    The “Classic of Poetry” contains the earliest known examples of Chinese literature. While its 300-some poems, odes, and songs were compiled by the sage Confucius,... Read more

  • A performer takes part in a traditional

    Manchuria, the Manchus, and What It Means to Be Chinese

    China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing (1644–1912), founded by ethnic Manchu invaders, was also one of its greatest. Known for its enlightened and capable early... Read more

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    Traditional Chinese Food: 8 Sizzling Sichuan Dishes

    Hot, hot, hot! That’s what normally comes to mind when people think about food from Sichuan, home to sizzling, tongue-numbing peppers and chilies. China’s rich... Read more

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