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Chinese food history

Chinese Food History

Chinese Food History – An Anthropological Study Chinese food history, 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 […]

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Chinese cuisine

Chinese Cuisine – Banquets

Banquets in Chinese Cuisine In Chinese cuisine, 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. […]

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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 […]

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Chinese Spring Festival

Chinese Spring Festival / New Year

Chinese New Year 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 […]

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Chinese cuisine & banquets

Chinese Royal Banquets

Article selected from Travel China weekly During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) there were all kinds of Chinese royal 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. […]

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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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Preparing Chinese Tea

Chinese Eating & 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, China

Dai People

Dai People – Folklore of the Dai Ethnic Group Article selected from Travel China weekly The ethnic Dai 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 […]

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History of Chinese Tea

China, the Homeland of Tea The history of Chinese tea dates back millenniums. Of the three major beverages of the world– tea, coffee and cocoa– tea is consumed by the largest number of people, and for the longest time. China is the homeland of tea. It is believed that China has tea-shrubs as early as […]

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Chinese surnames

Chinese Surnames

The Chinese have had surnames long before the period of the Three Emperors and Five Kings, that is, during the time when recognition was given only to one’s mother and not one’s father. Hence, the Chinese character for surname is made up of two individual characters—-one meaning woman and one meaning to give birth. That […]

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Chinese History Timeline

Chinese History Timeline

The History Of China, as documented in ancient writings, dates back some 3,300 years. Modern archaeological studies provide evidence of still more ancient origins in a culture that flourished between 2500 and 2000 B.C. in what is now central China and the lower Huang He (Yellow River) Valley of north China. Centuries of migration, amalgamation, […]

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Chinese paper making

Chinese Papermaking History

About 1,800 years ago, during the Eastern Han Dynasty(25-220), Cai Lun improved Chinese papermaking techniques using bark and hemp. This then became one of the four great ancient inventions of China. Today, ancient papermaking has been replaced by modern means of production, but in some places in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province, where many people of […]

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Chinese languages

Chinese Language

Despite initial impressions, there is nothing particularly difficult about learning words and expressions with fixed tones, and there is no reason at all why visiting foreign tourists should not make some effort to learn at least the basics. The difference between being able to pronounce correctly a few words of Chinese and being able to […]

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Chinese human rights 2007

Chinese Human Rights Report 2007

Country Reports on Chinese Human Rights Practices  – 2007 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor: March 11, 2008 China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) (The section for Tibet, the report for Hong Kong, and the report for Macau are appended below.) The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is an authoritarian state in which, as specified […]

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