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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.
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.
Exploring Chinese Wedding Traditions
Learn about Chinese wedding traditions including engagement, betrothal gifts, and bridal dowry.
What is Education Like in China?
Frequently asked questions about school in China, China's educational system and enrolling in school in China.
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.
How to Celebrate Chinese Birthdays
Learn about Chinese birthday celebrations including Chinese birthday traditions and taboos.
What Is Daoism and How Is It Practiced in China?
Learn more about Daoism (Taoism) in China.
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.
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.
Chinese Wedding - All about Chinese Weddings
Helpful links on everything from pre-wedding prep and Chinese wedding clothing to Chinese wedding food and Chinese wedding favors.
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.
Dating in China: What’s Different?
Dating in China can be a bit different from dating in the West.
Can the Chinese Predict a Baby's Sex With a...
Use this Chinese Birth Chart to predict whether you will have a boy or girl.
How to Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign
Discover what animals are in the Chinese Zodiac, why the Chinese Zodiac signs are important, and learn what your Chinese Zodiac sign is.
11 Taboos in Chinese Culture
Learn how to avoid common Chinese taboos.
Chinese Fable Stories
Chinese fable stories, proverbs and idioms.
Moon Festival
About Chinese Moon Festival and moon cakes.
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.
Chinese Citizenship Explained
The Nationality Law of China Outlines China's Citizenship Policy.
3 Types of Chinese Proverbs and Lots of Examples
Chinese proverbs are famous Chinese sayings.
Yin and Yang
In Chinese culture, Yin and Yang represent the two opposite principles in nature.
6 Remnants of the Qin Dynasty That Still...
The impact of China's First Dynasty
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.
Mahjong: How To Play Mahjong
Learn how to play mahjong. While the origin of mahjong (麻將, má jià ng), 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).
What Flowers Represent in Chinese Culture
Chinese flowers are a recurring theme in Chinese art and poetry. Learn the importance of flowers in Chinese culture along with symbolism and taboos.
Celebrate a Traditional Chinese Birthday with...
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.
3 Things Everyone Should Know about the Chinese...
New Year is China's most-important holiday.
Jade Culture
Jade symbolizes beauty, nobility, perfection, constancy, power, and immortality in Chinese culture.
Chinese Business - Chinese Business Meeting...
Learn the proper Chinese business etiquette for hosting and attending a Chinese business meeting.
Chinese Wedding Dresses
Learn about Chinese wedding dresses. See what the bride, groom and guests wear at a Chinese wedding.
Chinese Wedding Gifts
Learn what kind of Chinese wedding gifts are acceptable to give at Chinese weddings. Learn what Chinese wedding gifts to avoid.
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.
China Study Abroad: Higher Education in Beijing...
A variety of China study abroad programs from Mandarin to Chinese medicine to are offered in Beijing for foreigners. Even those who don’t speak a word of Chinese can participate in China study abroad programs.
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.
Your Guide to Mahjong Tiles
While the origin of mahjong (麻將, má jià ng), 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.
What Does the Qipao Style of Chinese Dress Look...
Qipao or cheongsam are one-piece Chinese dresses that have been worn since the Manchu ruled China in the 17th century.
Check Out How Your Name Looks in Chinese
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter A.
How a Traditional Chinese Foot Massage Helps...
Learn what a Chinese Foot Massage is and where to get one.
Chinese Customs For Meeting People
Learn the proper Chinese customs for meeting new people.
Hungry Ghost Month
Learn about the Chinese hungry ghost festival and how to celebrate the Hungry Ghost 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.
What is the History of the Chinese Zodiac?
The History of the Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Wedding Rituals
Learn all about Chinese wedding rituals and what happens at a Chinese wedding.
Hungry Ghost Month - Hungry Ghost Festival
The Hungry Ghost Festival is the highlight of the Hungry Ghost Month, one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture.
Fei Cheng Wu Rao
Everything you need to know about China's most popular dating TV game show.
A Quick Summary about Buddhism in China
Learn more about Buddhism in China.
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.
Top 5 Books on Feng Shui
If you want to learn Feng Shui, here is the top 5 books about Feng Shui.
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.
Chinese Good Luck Symbols
The top ten Chinese lucky characters for the Chinese.
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?
A Brief History of the Renminbi (Chinese Yuan)
Everything you wanted to know about China's currency.
How the Chinese Zodiac Can Tell You if this Is...
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 Root of the Tiananmen Square Protests
Origins of the Tiananmen Square protests, root of Tiananmen Square protests
Chinese Paper Invention
Paper was invented by Cai Lun in 105 AD, which was one of the four great inventions by the Chinese.
The Basics about Chinese Characters
To understand the basic of Chinese characters.
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.
Taiwan History - A Brief History of Taiwan
From its early days to the present day, learn about Taiwan's history.
Face Culture in China
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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?
The Elderly in China
How to solve the problems of the large elderly population in China.
Learn How to Play Mahjong for Free
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.
Learn to Play Liar's Dice
Learn how to play Liar's Dice, one of the most popular games in China.
Double Happiness
A story of the Chinese character, Double Happiness
Chinese Etiquette: Visiting a Chinese Home
Learn the proper Chinese etiquette for visiting a Chinese home.
Chinese Flower: Lotus
The lotus is an important Chinese flower and is rooted in Buddhism.
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.
A Foolish Man Buys Shoes
A Chinese fable story.
Chinese Wedding Traditions
On the morning of Chinese weddings, there are several pre-Chinese wedding traditions.
Chinese Characters
A collection of frequently asked Chinese characters or words in gif format.
What Are the Top Chinese Websites?
A list of China's top Web Sites and portals.
How China's National People's Congress is Elected
All about how China's legislative representatives to the National People's Congress are elected.
Chinese Etiquette - Chinese Etiquette Tips
Learnt tips to understanding Chinese Traditions and Chinese Culture.
Chinese Flower: Lily
Lilies are an important Chinese flower.
Chinese Flower: Iris
The iris is an important and popular Chinese flower.
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 Wedding Invitations
See Chinese wedding invitations and learn what goes on Chinese wedding invitations.
A Short History of the Chinese in Cuba
The Origins of the Chinese Community in Cuba
Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Fun...
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.
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.
Religion in China
Freedom of Religious Belief in China, the official documents from Chinese Government
Want to Know How Your Name Looks in Chinese?
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter S.
Everything you need to know about Baidu,...
Baidu is one of China's biggest and most influential internet companies.
Chinese Chopsticks
The story and customs of Chinese chopsticks in China.
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.
How Diverse is China's Landscape?
Chinese Geography. Just about every physical landscape can be found in China.
Sex in Traditional Chinese Culture
How to solve the problems of the large elderly population in China.
Understanding Mandarin Chinese Tones
A basic explanation of the five Mandarin Chinese tones.
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 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.
Chinese Legends and Gods
Inclues tales, legends, gods, folk stories and Chinese traditions.
Chinese Wedding Decorations
Learn what Chinese wedding decorations are used at Chinese weddings.
China's traffic troubles
China has some of the worst traffic in the world. How does the country cope?
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.
What Does Your Name Look Like in Chinese?
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter J.
Video-gaming in China
Video games in China are as popular as they are anywhere else, but China's gaming scene has its own unique characteristics.
Mahjong: Gambling
When playing mahjong for money, who pays depends on the ending of the game. 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).
Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism
Introduction to Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism
Chairman Mao Zedong
Learn more about Mao Zedong
Chinese Gifts for All Occasions
Banquets, food, flowers, and cash are great Chinese gift-giving options.
Sports History of China
Some known ancient cultural relics have provided evidence that health-building activities appeared in China over 4,000 years ago.
Chinese Proverbs: Chinese New Year Lantern Wishes
Chinese New Year includes two weeks of celebration with most activities taking place the day before (New Year's Eve), the first day (New Year's Day) and the last day (Lantern Festival). On the Lantern Festival, colorful lanterns are placed outside homes and launched into the night sky. Here's what to write on your lantern to insure your wishes come true.
Chinese Communist Party
Learn how the Chinese Communist Party was founded and how it is organized.
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 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.
Are Chinese Racist towards Blacks?
Most Chinese people are not racist towards Blacks because they don't have the hatred towards Blacks.
Chinese Name and English Name
To get your Chinese name translated from your English name.
Lucky and Unlucky Colors in Chinese Fortune
Knowing whether you’re hot, cold, or neutral (yin or yang) helps determine your fortune plus other things like what your lucky and unlucky colors are. Decorating your home or office or accenting your clothing with your lucky color is said to enhance your luck. It’s not necessary to dye your hair a lucky color or solely wear lucky color clothing or decorate your home or office entirely in lucky colors, though in general, the more lucky colors, the better. .
Ten English Words Borrowed from Chinese
Many English words have roots in China.
Tomb Sweeping Festival
Learn the origins of the Tomb Sweeping Festival and how the Tomb Sweeping Festival is celebrated.
How Your Name Looks in Chinese
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter C.
Chinese Dialects
Introduction to Chinese dialects including Mandarin, Gan, Hakka, Min, Wu, Xiang and Cantonese.
Chinese Wedding Flowers
Learn which flowers are the best Chinese wedding flowers.
Chinese Clothing: Mao Suit
Also known as the Zhongshan suit, the Mao suit is the Chinese version of a Western business suit.
The Tang Dynasty
The Tang dynasty (618-907 C.E.) was the height of Chinese civilization, a peak of culture and cosmopolitanism.
Chinese Fortune Telling
Learn all about Chinese fortune telling including types of fortune telling and what to expect when visiting a fortune teller.
China Study Abroad: Higher Education in...
A variety of China study abroad programs from Mandarin to business administration are offered in Shanghai for foreigners – even those who don’t speak a word of Chinese.
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.
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.
Chinese Flower: Hibiscus
The hibiscus is a popular Chinese flower.
Gift Guide: Chinese Gifts for Her
Fashionable Chinese clothing, accessories, and kitchenware are noteworthy gifts.
Chinese Banquet Etiquette
Learn the proper etiquette for hosting and attending a Chinese banquet. Page 2.
Chinese Ghost
The story of Zhuxi and Ghosts
China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ)
Learn about China’s Special Economic Zones (SEZ); what they are and where they are in China.
4 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Chinese New...
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. Learn the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year and how to prepare for and celebate Chinese New Year.
The Donkey of Guizhou
A Chinese fable story.
Ten Expressions Borrowed from Chinese
Examples of Chinese calques (direct translations of expressions) that appear in English.
Chinese Etiquette – Chinese Dining...
Learn Chinese dining etiquette tips.
Dogs in China
Many people know that dogs are eaten in China as food, but that's just one aspect of the canine impact on Chinese culture.
Mahjong: Play Mahjong Online
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). Learn where to play mahjong online.
Lu Xun: The Father of Modern Chinese Literature
A profile of Lu Xun, the father of modern Chinese literature and one of the most widely-read Chinese authors ever.
Top 10 Chinese Martial Arts Movies
The best Chinese martial arts movies all the time.
What You Should Know About China's Uyghur...
Introduction to the Uyghur (Uighur) ethnic minority of China.
Find Out How Your Name Looks in Chinese
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter E.
The Chinese National Anthem
China's official national anthem is the March of the Volunteers, written by poet Tian Han.
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.
Qi Xi Jie: China's Valentine's Day
The ancient Chinese holiday Qi Xi Jie is similar to Valentine's Day
Mahjong: Scoring
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). Learn how to score a mahjong game.
English Names in Chinese – Z
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter Z.
Nian
The origin of the Chinese New Year
Chinese Gifts: Traditional Chinese Gifts for...
Introduce your children to Chinese culture with games and toys that have delighted Chinese children for centuries.
Chinese Flower: Peony
The peony, a Chinese flower, is the ‘queen of flowers’ and the flower of spring.
English Names in Chinese – R
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter R.
Chinese Clothing: Dudou
While there are several types of ancient Chinese underwear styles, including the xieyi (a tunic-style undergarment) worn in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), the moxiong (a one-piece breast-binding garment) in the Northern Dynasty (420AD-588AD), Tang Dynasty (618AD-907AD) and Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD), and the zhuyao (embroidered underwear worn by court ladies in the Qing Dynasty, the dudou (肚兜) remains the most popular.
Why China's 'CCTV New Year’s Gala' is So...
Since 1983, Chinese families have sat down to wrap dumplings and watch CCTV’s 'New Year’s Gala' on television on Chinese New Year's Eve. It’s a Chinese New Year’s Eve tradition that nearly every family in China participates in to ring in the New Year.
What Your Name Looks Like in Chinese Characters
Find names in Chinese for English names beginning with the letter H.
Feature Articles about Chinese Culture and...
Previous issues of weekly features and columns, archived by topic
Chinese Colleges and Universities
A list of Chinese universities.
How to Celebrate Chinese New Year
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.
CONSTITUTION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
The official documents from Chinese Government
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