About Mahjong

Mahjong (麻将) also spelled majiang and numerous other variants, is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly...

11 Taboos in Chinese Culture

Every place has their own taboos, and it is important to learn what they are when traveling or encountering another culture to guarantee you...

Ethnic groups in China

There are 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China. In terms of numbers however, Han Chinese is by far the largest group. Throughout history, many...

Chinese Lacquerware

Lacquer ware refers to using lacquer to paint on the surface of wares or artwork. Lacquer ware is a special product of China. Raw...

Reinventing That Old Town Sound

Dali’s Old Town in rural Yunnan province is a refuge for wayward musicians, a bastion of ethnic folk traditions, and a quiet haven for...
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Literature about the Yellow Crane Tower

The yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan City is top of the four most famous ancient towers or pavilions in China. The following two poems...

Romantic Poet Qu Yuan and his Cultural Legacies

Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) was a Chinese poet and minister who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China. During King Qingxiang's reign, Prime Minister...

Chinese Gift-Giving Etiquette

Not only is the choice of gift important in Chinese culture, but how much you spend on it, how you wrap it, and how...

US-China Ties in Arts and Education Deepen

On the political and military front, U.S.-China relations have been an often-tense dance between governments. However, in arts and education, many say the relationship...

Chinese silk: how is it made?

Silk is a delicately woven product made from the protein fibers of the mulberry silkworm cocoon. Silk production is a lengthy process that needs...

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