Chinese Culture

How One Woman Turned Back the Mongols and Brought Peace to China

An Japanese depiction of Wang Zhaojun from Edo period. (Wikimedia Commons)
An Japanese depiction of Wang Zhaojun from Edo period. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Xiongnu were a group of nomadic tribes living north of the Great Wall. Ancestors of the modern Mongols, thousands of years ago they made...

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    Simplified Beyond Sense: The Travesty of Modern Chinese Writing

    Heartless love, depopulated villages. Flying with one wing, falling into a well—we are told this is “progress.” The above may sound like opening lines to... Read more

  • Sima Guang compiled the monumental historical chronicle “Zizhi Tongjian,” or the “Comprehensive Mirror to Aid in Government,” to serve as a reference for emperors in governing the country. (Zona Yeh/Epoch Times)

    Grand Book of History a ‘Mirror’ for Chinese Emperors

    Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) once asked his imperial historian Chu Suiliang, who kept meticulous records of Taizong’s words and deeds, whether he... Read more

  • Xun Shuang wrote about traditional values and etiquette during the Han Dynasty, quoting the classics in hopes of correcting the improper notions and actions of the people of his time. (Sandy Jean/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Idioms: Quoting the Classics or Authoritative Works (引經據典)

    The Chinese idiom 引經據典 (yǐn jīng jù diǎn), which literally translates as “quote the classics, based on literary quotations or allusions,” means to quote extensively... Read more

  • Tai Si, respected queen during the Zhou Dynasty (1100 B.C. - 221 B.C.). She was the wife of the famous King Wen. (Wikipedia Commons)

    Move Over, Tiger Moms: Meet Three Amazing Mothers of Ancient China

    Recent years have seen the popularization of “tiger moms”—whose relentless, draconian measures supposedly guarantee their children successful, high-paying careers—in describing the archetypal Chinese mother.  ... Read more

  • Nicholas Eberstadt, demographer, American Enterprise Institute; Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president, Women's Rights Without Frontiers; Chai Ling, founder, All Girls Allowed; and Chen Guangcheng, Chinese legal advocate and activist, visiting fellow, Catholic University of America, speak April 30, at a Congressional Executive Commission on China hearing on "Population Control in China." (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

    China’s Population Control Still Brutal

     WASHINGTON—Just over a year ago, China modified its “One Child Policy” to allow couples to have two children when one of the parents is an... Read more

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

    Photographer Hunts Down China’s Next Endangered Species: Architecture

    “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... Read more

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    How to Say ‘Epic Fail’ in Chinese

    “Military tactics on paper” is a four-character idiom from ancient China originally used to describe the fate of a foolhardy Chinese general. Now the saying... Read more

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    Work Less, Play More, and Other Productivity Hacks From a Manchurian Emperor

    If you’ve read our article “A Day in the Life of a Chinese Emperor,”  it may have struck you just how little actual work Emperor... Read more

  • Participants take part in a rally in Montreal on April 4 to mark the milestone of 200 million people having renounced their membership of the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organizations. The sign in French says, “Quit the Chinese Communist Party and recover your inner peace.” (Nathalie Dieul/Epoch Times)

    Breaking Ties With Tyranny

    Some lingering snow still butters the streets and sidewalks of Montreal but the thaw is well underway. Another figurative thaw is also underway in China... Read more

  • 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

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    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

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    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