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Chinese culture, Philosophy, history and language

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Articles on Chinese Culture, Philosophy, History and Language


How to Appreciate Chinese Brush Painting

There are many intriguing aspects to examine in Chinese Painting--the painting technique, the poetry, the calligraphy, the seal, the painter´s central image and theme as well as his or her mounting skills.


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

The history and tales about the Autumn moon festival in China, and the birth of mooncakes.


Year of the Horse

According to the Chinese tradition, the horse has great capacity for both good and evil.


The Chinese Written Word


Conversion utility

Pinyin to Wade-Giles to Yale conversion utility. Type in a phrase and have it converted from one romanization system to another.


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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