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Chinese culture, Philosophy, history and language

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Articles on Chinese Culture, Philosophy, History and Language


Chinese Painting

The traditional Chinese painting is a shining artistic pearl in human history, but may have as a mysterious beginning as human life itself. Some paintings, more specifically the prehistoric rock engravings or sculptures, remain a riddle to modern people


Chinese Papercuts

The Chinese Folk Art of Papercutting


Chinese Tea Eggs

Sometimes referred to as marbelized eggs, Chinese tea eggs are pleasant to look at, simple to make, and even easier to serve.


Chinese-Pinyin-English Dictionary

A Chinese-Pinyin-English Dictionary.


Conversion utility

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


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...


DaoDeChing (Tao Te Ching)

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


Daoist (Taoist) Immortals

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


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.


Finger Tapping: A Southern Custom

You will notice in some Chinese restaurants, especially those serving southern style food and Dim Sum, patrons will often tap their fingers on the table when receiving a refill of tea. There is a quaint story about how this custom became popular


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