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The Music Of China

The Music Of China

Article written by Kitsie Everyone knows about music, right? Guitars, pianos, and harps are all modern instruments that most people are familiar with. What about ancient Chinese music that dates all the way back to the Zhou Dynasty, from 1122 BC – 256 BC? What about the music of our ancestors? Though the music today [...]

[The Five W's] Proposing in China in the 1600′s

[The Five W's] Proposing in China in the 1600's

[The Five W's] : Proposing in the 1600s. It is a cool, summer day as you walk by a park, and you see two lovers getting married. Do you know what they did in the old days? Lovers did get married however, there were many differences. Compare these two situations: COMPARE Situation 1] After dating [...]

Chinese Ghost Festival (Part 2)

The Chinese feel that they have to satisfy the ghosts in order to get good fortune and luck in their lives. During the 7th month, the Chinese offer prayers to the deceased relatives and burn joss sticks. In Singapore, it is a common sight to see entertaining ‘wayang’ shows and concerts performed on outdoor stages [...]

Chinese Ghost Festival (Part 1)

Just as the West features Halloween for ghosts and ghouls, the Chinese have a holiday to honor the departed spirits of the underworld, the Chinese Ghost Festival. It is said that ghosts roam the world every year for one lunar month. In some areas of China, visitors can see small roadside fires where believers burn [...]

The Myth of Pan Gu (Part 1)

In the past 5000 years of Chinese history, there have been many interesting myths. Many of them were recorded by hand. As for the myths from the very ancient times, there are no written versions; they have traveled orally, making their way around these years. For example, where do the ancestors of people come from? [...]

Chinese Art

Chinese Art

Have you ever noticed ancient art and the intricacy of each piece? If you look closely at a piece, it is as if the soul of the artist is poured onto the canvas itself. How much time was spent on one piece? Was it hours or days on end? That is the beauty of ancient [...]

Chinese Cuisine: Dim Sum

Chinese Cuisine: Dim Sum

Dim Sum is a Chinese light meal that it’s usually served with Chinese tea. It is eaten from morning to early afternoon with family or friends. Dim sum consists of a great variety of choices. It has combinations of meat, seafood, vegetables, desserts and fruit. The Dim Sums are usually served in a small steamer [...]

The Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival

On the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, the moon is full and it is time for the Chinese people to mark their Moon Festival, or the Mid-Autumn Festival. The round shape of the full moon symbolizes family reunion. Therefore, this day is a holiday for family members to get together [...]

Qing Ming Festival and Cold Food Festival

Qing Ming Festival and Cold Food Festival

The Qingming Festival, or Ching Ming festival, when literally translated, means Clear and Bright Festival. This day is a traditional Chinese festival that occurs on the 104th day after the winter solstice, usually around April 5 of the Chinese calendar. This day is also known by a number of other names in English, such as [...]

Chinese Cuisine

Chinese Cuisine

The Chinese have many histories about their religion, clothing and other aspects of their culture. However, maybe one of the best ones, is the ability to deliver the richest and most diverse cuisines. The Chinese cuisine originated from many different regions of China, and now, has become widespread, from East Asia to Western Europe. A [...]