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Chinese culture, Philosophy, history and language

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Articles on Chinese Culture, Philosophy, History and Language


PIN "spell" and YIN "sound"

The Pin-Yin Romanization method has generally replaced the older Wades-Giles method for attempting to romanize the Chinese language. This system has been official use since 1958 and was introduced by the People's Republic of China.


Daoist (Taoist) Immortals

The immortals of the flat peaches. These 10 immortals are often pictured in Chinese legends and parables.


DaoDeChing (Tao Te Ching)

English translation of the Chinese Dao De Ching (Tao Te Ching).


Chinese Astrology and Zodiac

What Animal of the Chinese Zodiac corresponds to your birthday? You will find more than just the back of a Chinese restaurant menu in this area...


Buddhism in the West

The largest Buddhist monastery in the Western hemisphere...Its ancient Chinese architecture and pristine grounds are a stark contrast to the neighborhood traffic and telephone lines.


The Chinese Abacus

In Asian countries it is not unusual to see shopkeepers and street vendors using an abacus to calculate invoices, especially where electricity is not convenient. Here you can learn how to read and work with this ancient invention.


The Eight Trigrams of the I-Ching (Yijing)

Understanding the eight trigrams and the two primary trigram arrangements can provide great insight into a study of the I-Ching as well as patterns in nature and life.


The Mysterious Iron Balls of Baoding

How much do you know about those little chrome plated exercise balls from China? Just what I thought... they are good for you. Well, here the author wants to know more and searches until he finds some answers.


Terracotta Army Gets Dose of Modern Medicine

After surviving 2,200 years, China's famed army is now being attacked...


Inside Painted Snuff Bottles

The story behind the miniature art form and its status in today's China.


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