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According to estimates, China uses almost 45 billion pairs of chopsticks a year. (Image:  Michael Johnson  via  wikimedia  CC BY 2.0 )

A Peek Into China’s Culture of Chopsticks

The Chinese never traditionally used forks or knives for eating food. Instead, they have been using chopsticks for centuries. To accommodate the usage of chopsticks, Chinese cuisine has developed dishes that feature small, bite-sized pieces of food. According to estimates, China…

The idiom dé gāo wàng zhòng refers to a person of high morality and prestige. (Image: The Epoch Times)

Chinese Idiom: High Morality

The idiom dé gāo wàng zhòng refers to a person of high morality and prestige. It is often used to praise the elderly, much as we would compliment someone in English by saying: “You’re a saint.” Here is the story…

Pigeons fly above a house that is part of a hutong at Tieying North Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing, on December 1, 2006. (Image: Epoch Times)

The Battle of the Hutong Kid

Hua Xinmin, who is half French and half Chinese, was born and raised in a hutong in Beijing that dates back to the Yuan Dynasty, making her an authentic “Hutong Kid.” Hutongs are alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyard…

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The Story of China’s Fascination With Rice

In Chinese culture, rice is more than just food. It is an important part of festivities and is held in high regard. The Chinese have been cultivating rice for thousands…

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A Peek Into China’s Culture of Chopsticks

The Chinese never traditionally used forks or knives for eating food. Instead, they have been using chopsticks for centuries. To accommodate the usage of chopsticks, Chinese cuisine has developed dishes…

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Chinese Idiom: High Morality

The idiom dé gāo wàng zhòng refers to a person of high morality and prestige. It is often used to praise the elderly, much as we would compliment someone in…

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How China Can Benefit From Studying Taiwan

In the recent local Taiwan elections, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered a big defeat. The people had decided that the DPP was failing to serve Taiwan’s best interests.…

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The Battle of the Hutong Kid

Hua Xinmin, who is half French and half Chinese, was born and raised in a hutong in Beijing that dates back to the Yuan Dynasty, making her an authentic “Hutong…

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The Magnanimous Emperor Taizong

In the 7th century A.D., China’s Sui Dynasty collapsed. Wasteful policies and civil war devastated the country and its people.

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A Shocking 50 Million Empty Homes in China

The fact that China has a large number of unoccupied homes has been an open secret in trading circles. A yet-to-be-published report suggests that almost 50 million homes, or roughly…

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Legends of the Mid-Autumn Festival

After the Lunar New Year, the second-most important Chinese holiday is the zhongqiujie (中秋節), or Mid-Autumn Festival. It is a festival for a reunion under the full moon that often…

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Why Chinese Eat Mooncakes

One of the most well-known staples of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake, called yuebing (月餅) in Chinese. While the name “mooncake” goes back only to the Tang Dynasty…