Chinese netizens confused, disappointed over censorship of Year of the Pig symbol

China's annual New Year's gala is meant to usher in the Year of the Pig, but the state broadcaster largely censored all words and...

Will China’s hit period drama ‘Yanxi Palace’ face censorship?

China's hugely successful period dramas could be facing increased scrutiny from the Communist Party and its ever-widening dragnet of cultural censorship. In the spotlight is...

Culture and society of the Warring States Period

The Warring States period was an era of warfare in ancient China, as well as bureaucratic and military reforms and consolidation; the major states,...

Chinese New Year Taboos

The Spring Festival is a time of celebration. It’s to welcome the new year with a smile and let the fortune and happiness continue...

Chinese New Year Decorations

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21 Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. It’s the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all...

Oracle bone script

Oracle bone script (甲骨文) was the form of Chinese characters used on oracle bones—animal bones or turtle plastrons used in pyromantic divination—in the late 2nd millennium BCE, and is the earliest known...

Mandate of Heaven

The Mandate of Heaven or Tian Ming (天命) is a Chinese political and religious doctrine used since ancient times to justify the rule of the King or Emperor of China. According to this belief, heaven (天)—which...

Li Qingzhao: the most famous female poet in Song Dynasty

Li Qingzhao was born in 1084 in modern Shandong province. She was born to a family of scholar-officials, and her father was a student of the great poet Su...

How China controls Hollywood scripts

When was the last time you watched a movie with a Chinese villain? If you can't remember, that may not be too surprising. Take the...

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