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Chinese culture, Philosophy, history and language

(34 articles online)


Chinese-Pinyin-English Dictionary

A Chinese-Pinyin-English Dictionary.


Chinese Chopsticks

The first recorded reference to Chinese chopsticks was in Li Ji or The Book of Rites, which dates to the beginning of the Christian Era. However, it is commonly believed that the history of chopsticks is much older...


Daoist Alchemy

Like many spiritual traditions which are quite old, Daoism’s language grew from archaic languages and ways of speaking from long ago. As such it has gone through many misinterpretations due to translations of translations, as well as differing people’s simple lack of real understanding.


Cultural Differences in Everyday Conversation

Even if you learn the mechanics of a language, a simple greeting or farewells can be confusing due to our cultural differences. Here are some examples...


Tea Made with Skill and Patience

The word ‘Gongfu’ in Chaozhou Gongfu Tea can mean ‘skill’ or ‘patience.’ It is named partly because the tea making process is time-consuming and requires some skill to make tea.


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