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Chinese culture, Philosophy, history and language

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Articles on Chinese Culture, Philosophy, History and Language


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.


Year of the Snake

According to the Chinese tradition, the snake is the astrological companion to the dragon, or the Yin to the Dragon's Yang force.


Bu Xie Cotton Shoes

In modern China, amidst the stylish Italian leather pumps and Nike sneakers, the traditional Bu Xie cotton shoes remain popular with all age groups.


From India to China: Transformations in Buddhist Philosophy

Buddhism didn't march into China with the entourage of the 28th Patriarch, but rather trickled in--the way most ideologies with staying power latch themselves to the minds and imaginations of a people.


Lotus Flowers in Winter

In China, thousands of stories and parables help shape the culture. Here is a sample short story from the 17th century by famous author, Pu Songling.


Chinese Document Boxes

These ancient boxes served important functions in everyday Chinese life... now they have become collectable antiques and beautiful additions to any modern East or Western decor.


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