The Meanings of Colors in Chinese Culture

Red – is related to positive energy. It symbolizes fortune, joy and luck.  Red is the color in celebrations, for example, the Chinese New Year and marriage ceremony. It’s tradition to give red envelope on New Year’s day. The red envelope is called: hóng bāo 红包。 In marriage, costumes for both grooms and brides are predominantly red.   White –…

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Social Media in China

No facebook, no twitter. What are the social media platforms used by Chinese? In this article, we will present 5 most popular social channels:   Tencent QQ ( 腾讯 téng xùn QQ) [qq] It started with an instant messaging software service, and also offers a variety of other services, including online social games, music, shopping, micro blogging,…

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Saying Sorry in Chinese

Here is a list of phrases used to express sorry in Chinese, together with the explanation and applicable situation where you can use these phrases. 1.  对不起 duì bù qǐ Sorry: This is the most common way to say sorry in Chinese. You can use it when you carelessly step on stranger’s foot. Or you can…

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Chinese Gift-Giving: What Not to Give

Generally speaking, picking a gift is an acquired skill. This is especially true in Chinese culture. As a country carrying a long heritage of courtesy (礼lǐ), gift-giving in China is certainly a gesture of art. Presents, 礼物(lǐwù) in Chinese, literally means “a courtesy item”. While courtesy is a cultural construction, if one does not know…

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