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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   Xia Dynasty 21st century BC-16th century BC Shang Dynasty 16th century BC-1066 BC Western Zhou 1066 BC-771 BC Eastern Zhou: Spring and Autumn/Warring States 770 BC-221 BC Ch’in Dynasty 771 BC-206 BC Han Dynasty: Western Han Dynasty 206 BC-23 AD Eastern Han Dynasty 25-220 The Three Kingdoms: Wei 220-265 Shu Han […]

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Chinese Paper

written by Ouyang Changpei article selected from Travel China weekly About 1,800 years ago, during the Eastern Han Dynasty(25-220), Cai Lun improved China’s papermaking technique 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 Today, ancient papermaking has been replaced by modern means of production, but in some places in […]

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Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year Traditions Even though the climax of the Chinese New Year, Nian, lasts only two or three days including the New Year’s Eve, the New Year season extends from the mid-twelfth month of the previous year to the middle of the first month of the new year. A month from the New Year, […]

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Chinese Language

Chinese Characters/ Chinese Grammar/Pinyin 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 […]

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Chinese Human Rights Report 2007

China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  – 2007 Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor March 11, 2008 (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 in its […]

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Chinese Fans History

Chinese Fans No one knows exactly how fans in China were invented. The invention or rather the discovery of the fanning function could have been as accidental as follows: a primitive man irritated with lots of flies and mosquitoes, picks up a big leaf off a plant next to him to drive the pests away. […]

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Chinese Dining

Chinese Dining Guide A unique Chinese food is dim sum. Actually dim sum is more than just a category of dishes; it’s an eating habit. Dim sums are small dishes taken for snacks or tea time (in Chinese: yam cha); they are served in restaurants on a trolley. Most of the dim sum dishes are steamed, but they may also […]

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Cheongsam (traditional dress)

Chinese Cheongsam (qipao) content by Mr. Du Feibao The cheongsam is a female dress with distinctive Chinese features and enjoys a growing popularity in the international world of high fashion. The name “cheongsam,” meaning simply “long dress,” entered the English vocabulary from the dialect of China’s Guangdong Province (Cantonese). In other parts of the country including […]

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Calligraphy

based on material offered by Mr.Du Feibao Calligraphy is understood in China as the art of writing a good hand with the brush or the study of the rules and techniques of this art. As such it is peculiar to China and the few countries influenced by ancient Chinese culture. In the history of Chinese art, […]

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