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In the pages within, discover China’s holidays and festivals, the incredible world of Chinese characters (汉字 hànzì), tips and insights for traveling about China, and much more.
A Brief Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

A Brief Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine (中医 or zhōngyī in pinyin), also called “TCM,” is an ancient system of traditional medicine developed in China over thousands of years. Although seeking TCM treatment is still somewhat uncommon in the West, it’s hard to spend much time in...

What is Singles’ Day and how is it celebrated?

What is Singles’ Day and how is it celebrated?

  Whilst we are bombarded with images of love and romance through the media and holidays like Valentines’ day, thousands of Chinese people gather every year on November 11th to celebrate the joys of being single. What is Chinese Singles’ Day? Chinese “Singles’...

The History and Modern Practice of the Dragon Boat Festival

The History and Modern Practice of the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 or Duānwǔjié in pīnyīn) is an official public holiday in Mainland China. This traditional holiday, also called the Double Fifth festival, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (called 农历 or nónglì in...

Introduction to Simplified Chinese Characters

Introduction to Simplified Chinese Characters

Most Chinese characters look complicated to the outside observer, but not all characters are created equal. There are two main Chinese writing systems, traditional and simplified. Traditional characters are based on historical Chinese writing systems with roots...

How Many Characters are There in Chinese?

How Many Characters are There in Chinese?

We know there are quite a few Chinese characters (汉字, Hànzì), but how many, exactly? The answer depends on perspective. Are we considering all characters in existence throughout China's long history or "just" those used in modern times?     The number of...

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