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Celebrating Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig
The Chinese New Year is celebrated on Feb. 5, marking the beginning of the year of the Pig ...
January 29, 2019
An Introduction to Chinese New Year 2018: The Year of the Dog
“Loyal, Smart, Sensitive and Brave” are the common words to describe the Year of Dog—the Chinese New Year ...
February 7, 2018
Chinese New Year 2017: The Year of the Rooster
A crimson comb untrimmed on the head,All in white, a rooster walks nearby.In his life, seldom a single ...
January 27, 2017
Celebrating the Year of the Monkey: Chinese New Year 2016
Chinese New Year 2016 falls on Feb. 8, marking the auspicious beginning of the Year of the Monkey.
February 7, 2016
Chinese Idioms: Quoting the Classics or Authoritative Works (引經據典)
Xun Shuang wrote about traditional values and etiquette during the Han Dynasty, quoting the classics in hopes of ...
May 5, 2015
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 ...
March 3, 2015
Chinese Idioms: Going Astray in a Complex Situation (歧路亡羊)
The idiom "going astray in a complex situation" originates from an ancient Chinese story about the search for ...
February 23, 2015
Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the Goat
This year, Feb. 19 marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat, from which we will enter ...
February 17, 2015
Chinese Idioms: Lead One to Enter a Beautiful Place (引人入勝)
By the end of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (A.D. 317–420), most affairs of state were entrusted to eunuchs ...
November 17, 2014
Chinese Idioms: Lift a Chess Piece but Hesitate to Move
The Chinese idiom 舉棋不定 (jǔ qí bù dìng) translates as "lift up a chess piece and hesitate about ...
October 17, 2014
Idioms: Use Allusions or Quotations From Authoritative Works (引經據典)
During the Eastern Han period (A.D. 25–220), Xun Shu served as a local governor of the state of ...
October 14, 2014
Chinese Idioms: Treat Each Other With Respect 相敬如賓
This idiom is used to describe how a couple should treat each other with mutual respect.
October 5, 2014
The Double Seventh Festival
The Qi Xi Festival (七夕節, qī xī jié) is an important traditional festival in China. Literal to the ...
July 28, 2014
Chinese Lantern Festival Customs: A Closer Look
The Lantern Festival is one of the most important of five traditional festivals in China. Always on the ...
February 10, 2014
Thousands of Horses Galloping Ahead
Ling Mengchu (A.D. 1580–1644) was a famous author from the Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368–1644). He is best known ...
January 26, 2014
Chinese New Year 2014: Year of the Horse
The Chinese New Year in 2014 is celebrated on Friday, Jan. 31, marking the beginning of the Year ...
January 24, 2014
Chinese Idioms: Instant Victory Upon Arrival on a Horse
The Chinese idiom 馬到成功(Mǎ Dào Chéng Gōng), which literarily means attaining success upon arriving on a horse, can ...
January 22, 2014
Chinese New Year 2013 – The Year of the Snake
While saying farewell to the celestial dragon, we welcome the intelligent snake. Chinese New Year in 2013 falls ...
February 4, 2013
Stuffing the Ear When Stealing a Bell
In a story from the Spring and Autumn period (770–221 B.C.), a thief broke into a rich family’s ...
October 14, 2012
Last Touch Added to Drawing of a Dragon
The “last touch added to a drawing of a dragon” is a Chinese idiom that means “to get ...
September 1, 2012
What Those Born Under the Dragon Sign Are Like
Occupying the fifth position in the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is the free spirit of the zodiac. People ...
January 18, 2012
Mid-Autumn Festival and Moon Cakes
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important holidays in China. The holiday falls on the ...
September 11, 2011
The Mid-Autumn Festival and the Lady of the Moon
A long, long time ago, there was a happy young couple who lived near the Kunlun mountains. The ...
September 11, 2011
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