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The Five-Animal Exercise

Life relies on exercises which are good for health and longevity. Long time ago, the Chinese had learnt to build health through exercises.

Chinese Cricket Culture

No self-respecting Chinese mandarin or would-be upwardly mobile gentleman would be without his fighting cricket or, even, cricket team.

Throwing Embroidered Ball

Throwing embroidered ball is a traditional game of the Zhuangs in western Guangxi Autonomous Region.

Tea with Friends

Western people are accustomed to serving guests coffee, while Chinese people serve their guests tea. Serve tea instead of wine to a guest arriving on a cold night while water is boiling in the bamboo stove, on reddening fire. Hosts serve fragrant tea to show their hospitality.

Reunion Dinner

Chinese people from all corners of the world celebrate the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival according to the Lunar Calendar. Therefore, the lunar New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are as important as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in western countries.

Cuju, the Soccer Predecessor

The copies of unusual ancient balls, stone carvings and pottery attracted the most interest among the assortment of soccer-related exhibits from FIFA and famous soccer-playing countries and regions at the Charming Football Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany for the 2006 World Cup.

The Wet Market, an Amazing Adventure

A unique feature of most Asian countries is the tradition of the wet market. A Chinese wet market refers to any type of open-air market where vendors sell all their goods from open stalls, pushcarts and stores.

Peacock Dance, a Visual Poetry

The folk dances of the Dai ethnic group enjoy not only wide popularity but great diversity. Most of them imitate the movements of subtropical creatures. Peacock is one of the best loved dance of the Dais, expressing the most touching and mysterious charm of the remote primitive tribe on the southwes

Shuttlecock kicking, a Great Fun

Cha Chan Teng (literally meaning tea restaurant in Cantonese) goes far beyond being a fast food choice for most Hong Kong people today; rather, it has become an indispensable part of the past living style with the richest local flavor, which is a collective memory planted deeply in Hong Konger's min

Diabolo, the Amazing Art

Cha Chan Teng (literally meaning tea restaurant in Cantonese) goes far beyond being a fast food choice for most Hong Kong people today; rather, it has become an indispensable part of the past living style with the richest local flavor, which is a collective memory planted deeply in Hong Konger's min

Shaanbei Folk Songs, Echo Over the Loess Plateau

The discovery of the terracotta army buried near the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first unifier of China, is regarded...

Zongzi, a Festive Delicacy

The origins of zongzi (rice dumplings) are traced to the Chinese legend of Qu Yuan, a well-loved patriot poet who drowned...

Tai Chi, for the Inner Tranquility

Tai chi or Taiji Quan is an art and a science. It is the art of Chinese shadow-boxing, rhythmic and fluid...

The Classic of Filial Piety

According to Chinese tradition, filial piety (Hsiao) was the primary duty of all Chinese. In the Hsiao-king (Classics of Filial Piety)...

Temple Fair: a Festive Carnival

The “temple fair” (Miao Hui) began as groups of vendors who did business near temples when many pilgrims came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals. The practice grew, gradually turning into a regular carnival, and is now an important and joyful destination for Chinese people durin

Have a Walk on Stilts!

Cai Gaoqiao, or walking on stilts, is a popular traditional performance of the Spring Festival, especially in Northern China. Cai means walking on, and Gaoqiao means stilts. It is a performance which employs two lengths of wooden sticks over three meters long to one's feet and walking on them.

Yangge Dance: Let’s Party!

There are many different kinds of revelry enjoyed in cultures around the world, but in China...

Yuanxiao for a Sweet New Year

Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) or Tangyuan is the special food for the Lantern Festival ...

Lantern Festival: A China Style

Held two weeks after the Lunar New Year, the Lantern Festival is one of the liveliest and most entertaining festivals...

Shaolin Kungfu

Originating in the Shaolin Temple in China over 1500 years ago, Shaolin Kung Fu is...

Lion Dance for a New Year

The lion dance is performed during Chinese New Year or any happy occasion. It is believed that when the lion performs...

Qipao: the Sexy Elegance

Qipao, also known as cheongsam (Cantonese) or mandarin gown, is a female dress with distinctive Chinese features...

Luck-Telling Dumplings: Special Treat at Chinese New Year

Jiaozi (Chinese Dumpling) is a traditional Chinese Food, which is essential during Lunar New Year...

Spring Couplets -- Wishes for a Fresh Start

Spring couplets (Chun Lian in Chinese), written on strips of red paper, are a major part of the Chinese Spring Festival custom...

Season’s Greeting From The Flower Porch

Lunar New Year Fair (also called the Flower Fair) is a fair held annually a few days before Lunar New Year in Guangdong and Hong Kong. Traditional Chinese household believes that having live flowering plants at home during this festive season will symbolize rebirth and new growth. Therefore, it is o

Kazakhs in China

The Kazak mainly live in the Ili Kazak region, and is one of the biggest ethnic minority group in the northwestern Xinjiang Province...

Bravo! Xinjiang Folk Dance

Throughout China, Xinjiang has long been known as 'the land of song and dance'...

As Elegant As a Chinese Bride

One of the most prominent features of a Chinese wedding is the wedding dress...

Gratitude From The Newlyweds

Wedding tea ceremony is a way to express the newlyweds’ gratitude. In front of their parents, it is a practice to say, "Thanks for bringing us up. Now we are getting married. We owe it all to you." The tea ceremony during weddings also serves as a means for both parties in the wedding to meet with m

One-Month Celebration: Baby’s Big Start

Red eggs are chosen as gifts probably because their round shape is the symbol of harmonious and happy life...