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面子 (MiànZi) – ‘face’. A person’s manzi is very important in China, but so is the face of the whole country. I’m sure you have witnessed a news event where a Chinese official was ferociously defending his country – whatever the charge was – and saying that instead, each country should take care of their Read More…

What is Daosim (Taoism) anyways?

Daoism is among five religions recognized by the People’s Republic of China (along with Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism) and is presently managed by the National Daoist Association. At the core of Dao is 道 (Dào). The interpretations of 道 are many, but it can be explained as the ‘way’ or ‘path’, which is the core Read More…

Chinese Astrology

Throughout Chinese history, astrology (占星学 ZhānXīngXué) has always been closely linked with science (科学 KēXué) and philosophy (哲学 ZhéXué). It was believed that there are three primary forces of nature: heaven above, earth at the bottom and the man in between. The role of the man was in connecting the two other elements to create Read More…

Buddhism in China

One of the world’s most prominent religions is Buddhism, based on the teachings of Sakayumi Buddha. With estimated number of adherents somewhere between 350 and 550 million, Buddhism is the 4th largest religion in the world, following Christianity (in all shapes and sizes), Island and Hinduism. Originating in India, Buddhism was arrived to China more Read More…

Tortoises VS Turtles in Chinese Culture

I have seen a fair share or tortoises while staying in China. In jade, bronze or stone, they are featured everywhere, and most importantly, respected. My first encounter with a tortoise of such kind ocurred during my first adventure into the Chinese speaking world, when during my attempt to climb on a gigantic stone statue of Read More…

Beijing – The Northern Ruler

It’s no secret, having lived both in Beijing and Shanghai, I do prefer the later one. Yes, Beijing is the cultural hub of China, with it’s lovely hutongs 胡同 (HúTòng) and tea houses and its superior fengshui 风水 (FēngShui), but Shanghai is the one that gets you easily spoiled with its international cuisines, shopping malls Read More…

Public Holidays in the category of Miscellaneous

In one of our previous posts I have already introduced the limited set of designated national holidays celebrated throughout China with rest days included. At this point,  let me also touch upon the concept of working weekends, which, inevitably, follow the days-off. For example, let’s say that the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a Thursday, in this case Read More…

Qing Dynasty Saga, Part III, The New Beginning

The opium problem started in the late 18th century when the British merchants tried to counterbalance the unfavourable trade with the Chinese side. As we have written already in our previous posts, China at that time believed to be superior to any other country in the world and the same went for its people and Read More…

Qing Dynasty Saga, Part II

As is typical of virtually any dynasty in Chinese history, the dynastic cycle started with two strong emperors, during whose reign the country enjoyed cultural and economic prosperity. Particularly famous is the first Emperor, Kangxi (康熙 KāngXī – 1661–1772), who today is perhaps most known for his role in the creation of the most comprehensive Read More…

American Dreams in China

In my constant Sisyphean pursuit of trying to understand China and Chinese culture (中国文化 ZhōngGuó WénHuà) better, I’ve recently watched the movie American Dreams in China. Yes, there’s the American dream, but there’s also the Chinese dream, a concept recently introduced by the new Chinese leadership. Strolling around the streets of China you will thus find Read More…

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