Chinese Culture

Photographer Hunts Down China’s Next Endangered Species: Architecture

A view of a section along the Yangtze River, China, c. 1920s. (Collection of Peter Shay)
A view of a section along the Yangtze River, China, c. 1920s. (Collection of Peter Shay)

“Out with the old, in with the new” has been the Chinese communist regime’s general attitude toward the country’s architectural heritage. In recent memory, there...




  • Kite flying is a popular activity during the traditional Chinese Qingming Festival, which falls on Sunday, April 5, this year. An old Qingming custom involves writing down all of one’s misfortunes on the kite, often shaped like a hawk, and then cutting the string while the kite is flying high, which symbolizes letting troubles and illnesses be gone with the wind. (Zhiching Chen/Epoch Times)

    Qingming Festival: ‘Pure Brightness Day’ Evokes Joy, Remembrance

    Rain drizzles ceaselessly at the time of Qingming Festival, The traveller on the road is nearly spirit-broken. Courteously inquiring where a tavern could be found,... Read more

  • China's Giant Gerbil Plague thumb

    China Uncensored: The Giant Gerbil Plague of China

    The Chinese Communist Party has a glorious history of waging war on tiny woodland creatures. In 1958, Mao Zedong launched the Four Pest Campaign as... Read more

  • Aren't you on the same team, or what? (Graham Norris/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Managers, Trust Your People: An Ancient Chinese Leadership Parable

    The Chinese have this saying: “If you doubt someone, don’t use him; if you use someone, don’t doubt him.” It could also be translated as... Read more

  • The Chinese character 早 (zǎo) stands for morning, early, previous, or soon. (Epoch Times)

    Chinese Character for Morning, Early: Zǎo (早)

    The Chinese character 早 (zǎo) as a noun stands for morning. It is formed with the character for the sun, 日 (rì), at the top... Read more

  • A portrait of Confucius decorates a Chinese folding fan. In the “Analects (論語) of Confucius,” the sage advised rulers, “To govern a large country, handle affairs in a prudent and serious manner and always be sincere, honest, and trustworthy.” (Fotolia)

    Sheep Stories Impart Ancient Chinese Wisdom for Managers

    Organizations today operate in a world of uncertainty and rapid change, and weighty, new challenges that managers need to tackle are ever present and evolving... Read more

  • With all matters and concerns dealt with in a careful and thoughtful way, Meng Changjun is able to rest easy and live a peaceful and worry-free life. (Mei Hsu/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Fluffing up the Pillows for Sleep With No Worries (高枕無憂)

    The Chinese idiom “fluffing up the pillows to sleep with no worries” originates from a story about the wisdom of being prepared and having options... Read more

  • (m-imagephotography, Guo Yongfu/iStock/Thinkstock, Illustration by Epoch Times)

    A Ghost Reaps His Due: A Reincarnation Tale

    The Chinese have traditionally believed in the principle that the good are blessed with virtue and that the wicked are brought to justice. With the... Read more

  • Chinese Emperor's daily routine. (Epoch Times)

    A Day in the Life of a Chinese Emperor

    China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing, was founded with a shock. In the 17th century, Manchurian warriors, hailing from the chilly northeast, breached the Great... Read more

  • Immigration Minister Christopher Alexander chats with other guests at Taiwan night at the Fairmont Chauteau Laurier hotel in Ottawa on Wednesday night. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Shared Values and Soft Power

    OTTAWA—Taiwan Night 2015 is soft power at its finest, a night of food and drink in solidarity with an island democracy some fear to call... Read more

  • Falun Gong practitioners held a parade at downtown San Francisco to celebrate the new year on Feb. 28, 2015. Families of Falun Gong practitioners in China wrote online missives wishing the founder of Falun Gong a happy New Year during the Lantern Festival. (Zhou Rong/Epoch Times)

    Families of Persecuted Faith Send Their Thanks From China

    People across China took the opportunity of the traditional Lantern Festival, a time of family reunions and gatherings, to thank an inspirational figure—the founder of... Read more

  • The full moon lights up the sky on the evening of the Lantern Festival. The Chinese greeting says, "May you have good luck according to your wishes." (Sherry Hsiao/Epoch Times)

    8 Lantern Riddles to Celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival

    The Chinese Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or March 5 in 2015, marks... Read more

  • Firecrackers and bright, colourful lanterns light up the evening as children celebrate the Lantern Festival. The Chinese greeting says, "Happy Lantern Festival." (Cindy Sheu/Epoch Times)

    The Chinese Lantern Festival Marks End of New Year Celebrations

    According to tradition, Chinese New Year celebrations continue until the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese... Read more

  • The Chinese idiom “9 shepherds for 10 sheep” is used to describe a situation where there are too many people giving orders and not enough people to carry them out. (Zhiching Chen/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: 9 Shepherds for 10 Sheep (十羊九牧)

    The idiom “9 shepherds for 10 sheep,” which originates from a story about a senior official’s report to an ancient Chinese emperor, contains wisdom and... Read more

  • (Eric Isselee/Shutterstock)

    Why the Chinese Get Up Early

    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... Read more

  • Energetic lion dancers present a modern couplet. The complementary pair translate as: Praise truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance; Purify body, mind, and spirit. (Lin Weiyu/Epoch Times)

    Chinese New Year 2015: The New Year Couplets

    In regard to Chinese New Year decorations, one of the most important is the antithetical couplet posted in red on both sides of the main... Read more

  • The assassin Jing Ke ready to kick some royal butt. (Wang Shuang-K'uan/Epoch Times)

    Jing Ke: The Man Who Tried to Kill China’s First Emperor

    The last and by far most famous of assassins in Sima Qian’s chronicles is Jing Ke, the man who tried and nearly succeeded in killing... Read more


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