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The 15th day of the eighth lunar months is China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. 

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the lunar eighth, ninth and 10th months make up autumn. The eighth month falls in mid-autumn, and the 15th day is in the middle of the month, hence the name”Mid-Autumn Festival” . On that day , t...

The 24 Seasonal Division Points 

According to the way of numbering the years in Chinese lunar calendar, there are two seasonal division points in each month, making 24 in a year.

The seasonal division points are peculiar to China. In the long period of productive labor, ancient men gradually rallied the rule of climate c...

July 10, 2017

In ancient China, people considered the Kylin, the Phoenix, the Tortoise and the Dragon as sagacious animals, calling them the “Four Deities” as the symbol of propitious omen. In fact, besides the tortoise, the other three are legendary animals created by ancient Chinese. 

The legendary kylin has a deer’s body covered a...

Confucius, the Great Educator

Confucius (551-479BC) was surnamed Kong and his given name was Qiu, and he styled himself Zhongni. He was born in Zouyi in the State of Lu (in the southeast of today’s Qufu, Shangdong Province) in the late Spring and Autumn Period. He was the founder of Confucianism. 

Confucius was one of th...

The Four Great Inventions: 四大发明

1)The Technique of Marking Paper
A crude type of paper was used for writing on as early as in the Western Han Dynasty. It was made from plant fiber, and was rather rough. Cai Lun, a eunuch of the Eastern Han Dynasty, used tree bark, rags and old fishing nets as raw materials, and produced...

The fifth day of the fifth lunar month is a traditional Chinese folk festival—The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the”Festival of the fifth month”, On that day, people eat zongzi粽子(pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) and hold dragon-boat races.It is said, these activities...

The Spring Festival

The first day of the first lunar month is the New Year in the Chinese lunar calendar. Among the traditional Chinese festivals, this is the most important and the most bustling. Since it occurs at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, people also call it the Spring Festival.

Chinese have many...

October 13, 2016

There are various types of traditional Chinese artistic works that fully manifest the understanding the pursuit of beauty of the Chinese nation. 

Meanwhile, the Chinese national physical culture is rich and varied and some sports have now entered the international arena with growing popularity.

Beijing opera is widely ci...

September 15, 2016

Why Study Chinese?

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  1. China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5000 years old.

  2. China is the most populous nation in the world, with 1.28 billion people.

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