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Find Out What Your Chinese Name Would Be
Get your Chinese name based on your English name free, with over 6,000 English names translated into Chinese.
Yin and Yang
In Chinese culture, Yin and Yang represent the two opposite principles in nature.
Year of The (Blank), How to Find Your Chinese...
Discover what animals are in the Chinese Zodiac, why the Chinese Zodiac signs are important, and learn what your Chinese Zodiac sign is.
4 Things to Know About a Chinese Funeral
See how people’s lives are remembered and celebrated at Chinese funerals. Chinese funeral traditions vary depending on where the deceased person and his or her family are from but some basic traditions still apply.
What is Daoism and How is it Practiced in China?
Learn more about Daoism (Taoism) in China.
What is Education Like in China?
Frequently asked questions about school in China, China's educational system and enrolling in school in China.
3 Types of Chinese Proverbs and Lots of Examples
Chinese proverbs are famous Chinese sayings.
Chinese Birth Chart
Use this Chinese Birth Chart to predict whether you will have a boy or girl.
Chinese Good Luck Symbols
The top ten Chinese lucky characters for the Chinese.
Chinese Characters
A collection of frequently asked Chinese characters or words in gif format.
What Not to Buy When Giving Gifts in China
While giving a gift is much appreciated and it’s the thought that counts, there are some gifts that are absolute no-no’s in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Avoid these Chinese gift giving blunders.
Religion in China
Freedom of Religious Belief in China, the official documents from Chinese Government
Chinese Fable Stories
Chinese fable stories, proverbs and idioms.
The Impact of the Qin Dynasty
The impact of China's First Dynasty
Learn Gift-Giving Etiquette in Chinese Culture
Not only is the choice of gift important in Chinese culture, but how much you spend on it, how you wrap it, and how you present it are equally important.
Buddhism in China
Learn more about Buddhism in China.
What Red Envelopes Mean on Chinese New Year
A red envelope is simply a long, narrow, red envelope with money in it. Traditional red envelopes are often decorated with gold Chinese characters like happiness and wealth. Variations of the red envelope include red envelopes with cartoon characters and red envelopes from stores and companies that contain coupons and gift certificates inside.
Birthday Customs of the Newborn and Elderly
Newborn children Chinese people put their family in a very important position as they regard it as a means to keep the family blood stream continuously running.
Celebrating Chinese Birthdays
Learn about Chinese birthday celebrations including Chinese birthday traditions and taboos.
The Chengguan: China's Most Notorious Law...
China's city management officials are the country's most notorious group of police. Why is a group that's meant to mostly enforce city beautification codes so widely feared?
Chinese Taboo
Learn how to avoid common Chinese taboos.
Chinese Jade Culture
Jade symbolizes beauty, nobility, perfection, constancy, power, and immortality in Chinese culture.
The Basics about Chinese Characters
To understand the basic of Chinese characters.
Chinese Communist Party
Learn how the Chinese Communist Party was founded and how it is organized.
3 Things Everyone Should Know about the Chinese...
New Year is China's most-important holiday.
Chinese Paper Invention
Paper was invented by Cai Lun in 105 AD, which was one of the four great inventions by the Chinese.
Top 10 Chinese Martial Arts Movies
The best Chinese martial arts movies all the time.
Chinese Birthday: Celebrate a Chinese-style...
Western-style birthday celebrations with neatly wrapped gifts, colorful balloons and sweet cakes with candles are becoming more popular in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. However, Chinese culture has some distinct birthday customs. Learn how to celebrate a Chinese-style birthday.
English Names in Chinese - A
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter A.
Chinese Legends and Gods
Inclues tales, legends, gods, folk stories and Chinese traditions.
Mahjong: How To Play Mahjong
Learn how to play mahjong. While the origin of mahjong (麻將, má jiàng), along called mah-jongg in the US, is unknown, the fast-paced four-player game is popular throughout Asia. The game was first sold in the US in the 1920s and has become popular in the last decade. Mahjong is often played as a gambling game; therefore, mahjong was banned after 1949 in China but reintroduced after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).
Tomb Sweeping Festival
Learn the origins of the Tomb Sweeping Festival and how the Tomb Sweeping Festival is celebrated.
Chairman Mao Zedong
Learn more about Mao Zedong
Mahjong: Explanation of Mahjong Tiles
While the origin of mahjong (麻將, má jiàng), along called mah-jongg in the US, is unknown, the fast-paced four-player game is popular throughout Asia. The game was first sold in the US in the 1920s and has become popular in the last decade. Mahjong is often played as a gambling game; therefore, mahjong was banned after 1949 in China but reintroduced after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Before playing mahjong, it is important to identify and understand each mahjong tile.
Dating in China: What’s Different?
Dating in China can be a bit different from dating in the West.
Taiwan History - A Brief History of Taiwan
From its early days to the present day, learn about Taiwan's history.
Chinese Silk and the Silk Road
Silk is discovered in China as one of the best materials for clothing. Want to know when or where or how it is discovered?
Moon Festival
About Chinese Moon Festival and moon cakes.
Chinese Wedding Gifts
Learn what kind of Chinese wedding gifts are acceptable to give at Chinese weddings. Learn what Chinese wedding gifts to avoid.
Chinese Foot Massage
Learn what a Chinese Foot Massage is and where to get one.
Chinese Wedding - All about Chinese Weddings
From pre-wedding prep and Chinese wedding clothing to Chinese wedding food and Chinese wedding favors, learn all about Chinese weddings.
Chinese Business - Chinese Business Meeting...
Learn the proper Chinese business etiquette for hosting and attending a Chinese business meeting.
How Wei Xin Became the Most Popular Instant...
Learn about the popular app, Wei Xin, a free instant messaging app for iPhone, iTouch, iPad, and Android phones.
Chinese Citizenship Explained
The Nationality Law of China Outlines China's Citizenship Policy.
Introduction to China’s Physical Geography
Chinese Geography. Chinese Culture.
Chinese Wedding Traditions – Engagement
Learn about Chinese wedding traditions including engagement, betrothal gifts, and bridal dowry.
Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism
Introduction to Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism
Chinese History: First Five-Year Plan (1953-57)
The goal of China’s First Five-Year Plan (1953-57) was to strive for a high rate of economic growth and emphasize development in heavy industry (mining, iron manufacturing, and steel manufacturing) and technology (like machine construction) rather than agriculture.
Chinese Wedding Dresses
Learn about Chinese wedding dresses. See what the bride, groom and guests wear at a Chinese wedding.
Sex in Traditional Chinese Culture
How to solve the problems of the large elderly population in China.
Chinese Flowers
Learn about Chinese Flowers and Their Meanings
Chinese Dress: Qipao
Qipao or cheongsam are one-piece Chinese dresses that have been worn since the Manchu ruled China in the 17th century.
How People Celebrate Christmas in China
Chinese New Year is the Chinese version of Christmas, but many Chinese get in the holiday spirit at Christmastime. Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most offices, schools and shops remain open. All the trappings of a Western Christmas can be found in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Learn about how people in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan decorate for the holidays, beliefs about Santa Claus, Christmas activities, and how Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are celebrated.
Chinese Chopsticks
The story and customs of Chinese chopsticks in China.
Learn How to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important and, at 15 days, the longest holiday in China. Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the lunar calendar, so it is also called Lunar New Year, and it is considered the beginning of spring, so it is also called Spring Festival. There are different stories of how Chinese New Year came about, but it has been celebrated for thousands of years. Learn the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year.
Chinese Marriage
Chinese marriage and divorce then and now
The Origins of the Chinese Zodiac
The History of the Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Characters for I love you
Chinese characters or symbols in gif format, translated from English words.
Chinese Fortune: What Are Your Lucky and...
Knowing whether you’re hot, cold, or neutral (yin or yang) helps determine your fortune plus other things like what your lucky and unlucky years are. While other factors including a person’s general luckiness also play a role in how lucky a person could be in a particular year. Lucky years are determined by the Chinese zodiac, a 12-year cycle with one of 12 animals assigned to each year.
The Elderly in China
How to solve the problems of the large elderly population in China.
Chinese Culture - Learn All About Chinese...
Learn all about Chinese Culture. Learn the proper way to meet new people, visit a Chinese home, and participate in a Chinese meeting. Also, get advice on giving gifts and get tips on proper gift-giving etiquette.
China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ)
Learn about China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ); what they are and where they are in China.
English Names in Chinese – M
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter M.
Chinese Flower: Lotus
The lotus is an important Chinese flower and is rooted in Buddhism.
Top Chinese Web Sites in World's Largest...
A list of China's top Web Sites and portals.
Chinese Numbers
The numbers in Chinese.
English Names in Chinese – S
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter S.
Are Chinese Racist towards Blacks?
Most Chinese people are not racist towards Blacks because they don't have the hatred towards Blacks.
Chinese Wedding Rituals
Learn all about Chinese wedding rituals and what happens at a Chinese wedding.
The Root of the Tiananmen Square Protests
Origins of the Tiananmen Square protests, root of Tiananmen Square protests
A Foolish Man Buys Shoes
A Chinese fable story.
Dragon Culture
Chinese consider themselves, the descendants of the dragon. from your About.com Guide
Double Happiness
A story of the Chinese character, Double Happiness
Chinese Wedding Traditions
On the morning of Chinese weddings, there are several pre-Chinese wedding traditions.
May Fourth Movement
The demonstrations of the May Fourth Movement marked a turning point in China’s intellectual development which can still be felt today.
Mahjong Mania: Learn How to Play Mahjong
While the origin of mahjong (or mahjongg) is unknown, the fast-paced four-player game is popular throughout Asia and growing in the U.S.
The Gaokao
China's college entrance exam is a grueling 2-3 days long, but it's vitally important for any kid who wants to go to college.
English Names in Chinese – C
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter C.
Chinese Names
Chinese names in gif format, translated from English names.
Fei Cheng Wu Rao
Everything you need to know about China's most popular dating TV game show.
Chinese New Year Index
To learn everything here about Chinese New Year
Car Manufacturing in China
In a country where bicycles once outnumbered cars as the preferred mode of transportation, consumers are clamoring to get behind the wheel.
Chinese Characters for Happy Birthday
Chinese characters or symbols in gif format, translated from English words.
Dragon Boat Festival
Duanwu Jie - The Chinese Patriot Festival
Yin Yang: Are You Yin or Yang?
Each person is classified yin or yang based one of the five elements, depending on his or her year of birth.
Sports History of China
Some known ancient cultural relics have provided evidence that health-building activities appeared in China over 4,000 years ago.
Top 5 Books on Feng Shui
If you want to learn Feng Shui, here is the top 5 books about Feng Shui.
3500 Fascinating Chinese Characters
Features 3500 Chinese characters with their meanings and pronunciations. The characters are in GIF format.
Chinese Dialects
Introduction to Chinese dialects including Mandarin, Gan, Hakka, Min, Wu, Xiang and Cantonese.
How to Play Liar’s Dice
Learn how to play Liar's Dice, one of the most popular games in China.
English Names in Chinese – E
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter E.
Wu Yan and Su Liu -- Two Ugly Imperial Concubines
Newborn children Chinese people put their family in a very important position as they regard it as a means to keep the family blood stream continuously running.
English Names in Chinese – J
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter J.
English Names in Chinese – B
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter B.
Chinese Games & Kids Games
To learn Chinese chess, go, majong, Si Guo War, Chinese yo-yo, and more
Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian was China's first and only female emperor. She ruled with an iron fist, but she was also a highly effective governor.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City -- A tour on the Net.
Introduction to the Uyghur People
Introduction to the Uyghur (Uighur) ethnic minority of China.
English Names in Chinese – K
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter K.
Chinese Etiquette - Chinese Etiquette Tips
Learnt tips to understanding Chinese Traditions and Chinese Culture.
English Names in Chinese – L
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter L.
Brew Perfect Chinese Tea with Gōngfū...
Use this easy, step-by-step traditional Chinese tea ceremony guide to brew the perfect cup of Chinese tea.
Chinese Customs: Meeting People
Learn the proper Chinese customs for meeting new people.
The Donkey of Guizhou
A Chinese fable story.
How China's National People's Congress is Elected
All about how China's legislative representatives to the National People's Congress are elected.
Air Pollution in China
Air pollution is one of China's most severe environmental problems, and it is something that China's government and its people have clashed over on more than one occasion.
China vs. Hong Kong
China and Hong Kong are the same country, but that doesn't mean they always get along. But what's the cause of all the bickering?
Chinese Inventions
Many of the tools used today, from compasses to kites were invented in China. Learn about Chinese inventions and their origins, how they work, and where to purchase them.
Internet Censorship in China
While over 384 million people have access to the Internet in China, only a portion of what the World Wide Web has to offer is available to online users. Why? Because China's government practices Internet censorship. Read how the government censors the Internet in China and what is censored.
The Chinese National Anthem
China's official national anthem is the March of the Volunteers, written by poet Tian Han.
Mahjong: Mahjong Sets
Similar to poker, the goal in mahjong is to get the highest combination of tiles, called sets. In order to win, a player must have five sets of three tiles each (any combination of straights and three-of-a-kinds is fine) and one pair from any suit. A player can also win with one four-of-a-kind, four sets of three tiles each, and one pair from any suit (while this would equal 18 tiles, a four-of-a-kind is counted as one set of three tiles).
Chinese Name and English Name
To get your Chinese name translated from your English name.
Mahjong: How to Set Up a Mahjong Game by...
Learn how to set up a game of mahjong by following this step-by-step photo guide.
Understanding Mandarin Chinese Tones
A basic explanation of the five Mandarin Chinese tones.
English Names in Chinese – D
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter D.
Chinese Colleges and Universities
A list of Chinese universities.
Chinese Daily Manners
A guideline of Chinese manners in daily life and business.
English Names in Chinese – R
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter R.
Chinese Etiquette: Visiting a Chinese Home
Learn the proper Chinese etiquette for visiting a Chinese home.
Who Is Confucius?
Learn more about Confucius and his works
Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year’s Eve
Chinese New Year is the most important and, at 15 days, the longest holiday in Chinese culture. Celebrations are held throughout the holiday but get started on Chinese New Year's Eve. Learn how to celebrate Chinese New Year's Eve.
Chinese New Year: Origins of the Lantern Festival
Colorful lanterns fueled with flickering flames float and bob against the infinite night sky across Asia. From Taiwan and China to Malaysia and Singapore, Asians culminate their New Year’s celebrations with a feast for the senses: a glowing spectacle of lanterns, cacophonous firecrackers, and mouthwatering food.
What Is Chinese Tea?
Learn about the history of Chinese tea, the different kinds of Chinese tea, and how to conduct a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
Nian
The origin of the Chinese New Year
Chinese Etiquette – Chinese Dining...
Learn Chinese dining etiquette tips.
Chinese Traditions and Culture
Resources of Chinese traditions, folk stories and culture.
Confucius: Happy Birthday, Confucius
The Grand Ceremony Dedicated to Confucius (祭孔大典) is held annually on Confucius’ Birthday to pay homage to Confucius, China’s ‘First Teacher.’
Chinese Names from Western Family Names
To get your Chinese name translated from your family name.
China Photo Gallery
A huge collection of photos and pictures about China, from Jun Shan, Your Chinese Culture Guide.
English Names in Chinese – T
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter T.
Ten English Words Borrowed from Chinese
Many English words have roots in China.
English Names in Chinese – H
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter H.
Chinese Food Culture: Incompatible Food...
Learn about Chinese food culture and which foods are incompatible. Find rememdies for incompatible food pairings.
Chinese New Year: Lantern Colors
On the Traditional Chinese New Year calendar of events, the Lantern Festival or Yuanxiao, falls on the final, or fifteenth day. This marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations with a party under the full moon.
Top 10 Books on Taoism
Taoism is an important part of Chinese culture. It is a great way to learn Taoism and Chinese from the following books.
English Names in Chinese – N
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter N.
Chinese Ghost
The story of Zhuxi and Ghosts
Chinese Tea Ceremony - A Step-by-Step Guide to...
Having a complete Chinese tea set is integral to performing a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
Chinese Toasts
Whether you’re ringing in Chinese New Year with a bottle of champagne, making a toast at a wedding, or drinking 白酒 (báijiǔ, a popular type of Chinese alcohol) with your friends, here are some Chinese toasts.
Houyi Shot the Suns
About Houyi, a hero who shot the suns in the ancient mythology of China.
Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year's Day
Chinese New Year is the most important and, at 15 days, the longest holiday in China. Learn how to celebrate Chinese New Year's Day.
Tiger Shoes
Tiger shoes are commonly found on babies' feet in the countryside of China.
Chinese Clothing: Mao Suit
Also known as the Zhongshan suit, the Mao suit is the Chinese version of a Western business suit.
Chinese Banquet Etiquette
Learn the proper etiquette for hosting and attending a Chinese banquet. Page 2.
Chinese Flower: Peony
The peony, a Chinese flower, is the ‘queen of flowers’ and the flower of spring.
Falun Gong
Learn how the Falun Gong movement started, falun gong's belief system, and why falun gong is banned in China.
Chinese Festival
Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao jie) and Yuanxiao recipe - the traditional Chinese food
Chinese Flower: Iris
The iris is an important and popular Chinese flower.
Chinese Character li4 -- Strength
Chinese character with pronunciation: li4 -- Strength
English Names in Chinese – P
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter P.

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