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Chinese Food History

Chinese Food HistoryAn Anthropoligical Study Adapted from K.C. Chang, Food in Chinese Culture: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1977. Reprinted with permission from Yale University Press. To say that the consumption of food is a vital part of the chemical process of life is to state the obvious, but sometimes we […]

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Chinese Banquets

A Chinese Banquet Banquets are held to celebrate the New Year, the Moon Festival, weddings, and other special occasions. Each event is associated with particular treats — filled moon cakes for the Moon Festival or New Year’s pudding, for example — but there are also many common characteristics and ceremonies involved. A banquet acquires much […]

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Story of Zheng He

The Admiral Of the Western Seas – Cheng Ho (Zheng He) Zheng He flag “treasure ship” is four hundred feet long – much larger than Columbus’s. In the drawing below, the two flagships are superimposed to give a clear idea of the relative size of these two ships. In the 1930s, a stone pillar was discovered […]

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The Kite

The kite, a Chinese invention, has been praised as the forerunner of the modern aeroplane. In the pavilion of aircraft of the National Aeronautics and Space Museum, Washington D. C., a plaque says, “the earliest aircraft are the kites and missiles of China”. The kite is mainly, but not only, a plaything. It has contributed […]

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Spring Festival

Spring Festival Far and away the most important holiday in China is Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year. To the Chinese people it is as important as Christmas to people in the West. The dates for this annual celebration are determined by the lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar, so the […]

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Royal Banquets

article selected from Travel China weekly During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) there were all kinds of palace banquets. Grand banquets were held for a number of reasons; when a new emperor came into power, when the government changed its title of reign, when a war was won, for the Spring Festival, or for special birthdays. Fish, deer […]

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Jade History

based on material offered by Mr.Du Feibao Jade is loosely understood in China as the collective name for most precious stones, and jade carving in this sense constitutes an important part of Chinese arts and crafts. The love of jade ware, according to Dr. Joseph Needham, the noted British naturalist, has been one of the […]

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Eating and Drinking Culture

The Art of Eating To understand the art of eating you must know the philosophy of food. food must be fresh, have flavor and possess proper texture. If the food itself is bad, even the greatest chef will not be able to cook a flavor into it. As in other things in life, we must […]

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Dai People

Folklore of the Dai Ethnic Group article selected from Travel China weekly The Dai ethnic people live in compact communities in the southwest frontier of China in Yunnan Province. The beauty of the subtropical natural scene is enhanced by exquisite bamboo houses, charming Dai women in their colorful clothes, and other sights with strong Dai characteristics. The […]

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Chinese Tea

content by Mr.Du Feibao China, the Homeland of Tea Of the three major beverages of the world– tea, coffee and cocoa– tea is consumed by the largest number of people. China is the homeland of tea. It is believed that China has tea-shrubs as early as five to six thousand years ago, and human cultivation of […]

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