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  • The wide geography and many flavors of Chinese cuisine

    February 25, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    Gongbao chicken, above, may be the most famous dish belonging to Sichuan cuisine

    Perhaps little known to Chinese learners that haven't lived in China, the phrase "Have you eaten yet?" is often used as a greeting. While some linguists suggest this phrase was born of the period of great food scarcity in China in the late 1950s, it is an illuminating example of how important food is in Chinese culture. Chinese cuisine has developed over thousands of years and is significantly intertwined into Chinese culture and philosophy. There are over 8,000 well-known Chinese dishes and ...

  • Mount Tai -- the most sacred of China's sacred mountains?

    February 15, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    Mount Tai, one of China's 5 Sacred Mountains, is known for sunrises such as above.

    One of the great "Five Sacred Mountains" of China, Mount Tai sits not far from Beijing in the city of Tai'an in neighboring Shandong Province. With a history of over 3,000 years, the mountain has a rich tradition in which is symbolizes sunrise, birth and renewal -- combining both Buddhist and Daoist traditions. At its tallest -- the Jade Emperor Peak -- Mount Tai is over 5,000 feet above sea level.

    Mount Tai in Chinese culture

    Mount Tai is one of the "Five Sacred Mountai ...

  • 798, Beijing's heralded district of art

    February 09, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    The 798 Art District in Beijing is one of China's major up and coming artistic hubs.

    In the northeast corner of Beijing there is an artistic area known as the 798 Art District, named after factories that populated the area in the 1950s. Originally state-owned electronic factories, since 2000 many workshops and other buildings in the area have been re-zoned to allow for studios. As the 798 Art District is located in Beijing's Dashanzi District, it is also called the Dashanzi Art District.

    Beginnings of the 798 Art District

    Since 2001, many artists from ...

  • Happy Chinese New Year! Year of the Rabbit is here

    February 02, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    Chinese New Year -- also known as Spring Festival -- is represented by the color red and the upside-down Chinese character for "Spring."

    Today is Chinese New Year's Eve, and midnight tonight ushers in the Year of the Rabbit.

    The longest-lived and most important festival in China, Chinese New Year is observed throughout China and overseas Chinese communities. The festival starts on the Eve of Chinese New Year, when Chinese people generally all travel to their hometowns from wherever they have been living and working to spend the holiday with family and close friends, and ends at the day of Lantern Festival, which is o ...

  • Next week is year 4708 in Chinese lunar calendar

    January 26, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

    The traditional Chinese lunar calendar next week ushers in the Year of the Rabbit.

    Firmly rooted in the lore of Chinese astrology, the Chinese lunar calendar is the traditional calendar of China and many Asian countries. Chinese New Year, which takes place next week on February 2, and all other traditional Chinese holidays are based on the lunar calendar. The next upcoming year in the calendar is the Year of the Rabbit, year 4708.

    Evolution of the Chinese lunar calendar

    The Chinese calendar has a long history. It is often referred to as the Xia Calenda ...

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