Guide to the Traditional Festivals in China

With its long history of over 5000 years, China embraces a rich culture decorated by its many festivals. Among them, 7 major festivals are widely celebrated today. Most of them are celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar or Chinese agriculture calendar (nóng lì 农历). Thus, dates of each festival are varied in western calendar every year.   Spring Festival – Chūn jié 春节, 1 January lunar calendar The most important festival in…

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How to Learn Characters Effectively

Are Chinese Characters really difficult to write?  We give you 4 tips to make learning Characters not only effective, but also more fun.   Tip 1 Memorize the most common used radicals Radical is the logic in characters. It partly explains why a character is as it is. Even if you don’t recognize a character, if you know radical, you can already think what it might be. For example, let’s…

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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 – is the color of mourning and is related to death. Instead of black, white  is…

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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, and group and voice. In the beginning it worked the same way as MSN but…

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