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Chang'e, the Chinese Goddess of the Moon. (Image: Secret China)

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 appears on the 15thday of the eighth lunar month, which…

Mooncakes are a staple of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. (Image:  lr175
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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 over a millennium ago, the basic concept has been around…

It is said that jade masters have hands that can create miracles, because they can make beautiful looking jade jewelry out of ordinary looking jade stones. (Image: Zhangyu_5, Pixabay, CC0)

The True Jade of He Bian

Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi alludes to these qualities as it tells of the He Shi Bi (和氏璧), the…

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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…

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The True Jade of He Bian

Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi alludes to these qualities…

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The Legacy of China’s First Emperor

China has a history of around 5,000 years, but prior to the Qin Dynasty that began in 221 B.C., the concept of “China” was totally different than the one with…

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Tainted History: Taking History as a Guide

In the series Tainted History, Vision Times focuses on stories about the fates of famous Chinese people around 1949, at a time when the Communist Party occupied China after winning…

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The Epic Conquests of General Han Xin

China’s Han Dynasty (漢朝), founded in 202 B.C., lasted four centuries and inspired the modern name of the Han people, who make up over 90 percent of China’s 1.4 billion…