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Dried orchid flowers are used to boost the immune system of the body, fight stress, and improve blood circulation.  (Image: via   pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Oriental Blossoms

Hong Kong’s Flower Show in March 2018 opened up to much fanfare and celebration as it honored the joy of blooming flowers. This annual show is always a success as flowers have a great importance to the Chinese people.

Amid the serious discussions and debates on China’s political atmosphere, the Bank of China has made a decision to pledge 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) to build a huge conservation park for China’s favorite animal, the giant panda. (Image: Generation Bass  via  flickr  CC BY 2.0 )

China’s Very Own Superhero

Amid the serious discussions and debates on China’s political atmosphere, the Bank of China has made a decision to pledge 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) to build a huge conservation park for China’s favorite animal, the giant panda. This park is…

Yan Shu (right) encountered Wang Qi while traveling to Hangzhou to assume office. He invited Wang, second in command of Jiangdu County, for dinner, and told him of his trouble: He was working on a poem, and could not come up with the next phrase after “Helplessly, the flowers wither away” Wang Qi, deep in thought, looked up into the sky. Some swallows flew past. “Why not use ‘The swallows, once seen, return again’? he said. Yan heard the verse, shouted 'Bravo!', and adopted it. It remains a familiar saying in Chinese to this day. ( (Image courtesy of  Mu Chuan, Taste of Life Magazine )

The Quiet Conqueror: Poet Yan Shu

Some ancient Chinese advisors led vast armies to suppress rebels, while others devised elaborate stratagems to eliminate political rivals. Yet others were like Yan Shu. Born in a peaceful era of the Northern Song Dynasty, he was admired for a…

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The Wonder Businesswomen of China

Women in China are changing the corporate culture — you are more likely to find women in senior management positions in China compared to most developed and developing nations. The…

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The Oriental Blossoms

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Chinese Student Driven to Suicide by His Advisor

After suffering long-term oppression from his advisor, a 3rd-year graduate student, Tao Chongyuan, from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in Hubei Province, China, told his mother: “Mom, I can’t stand…

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How to Bargain Like a Native in China

Thirty years of marriage to a Shanghainese-born wife has taught me a few lessons about her culture. One of them is that bargaining in China is a national pastime.

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China’s Very Own Superhero

Amid the serious discussions and debates on China’s political atmosphere, the Bank of China has made a decision to pledge 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) to build a huge conservation park…

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Surviving on Garbage in Hong Kong

A recent photo on the Internet showed a white-haired elderly man riding on the subway in Hong Kong with a heavy-duty public garbage bin. The man, 69-year-old Bo Yuan, lives…

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China Heading Toward the ‘Milky’ Way

China has one of the lowest levels of milk consumption in the world at about 20.3 liters of per capita consumption according to 2016 statistics. In contrast, Ireland has a per capita…

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The Quiet Conqueror: Poet Yan Shu

Some ancient Chinese advisors led vast armies to suppress rebels, while others devised elaborate stratagems to eliminate political rivals. Yet others were like Yan Shu. Born in a peaceful era…

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The Emperor’s Mirror: Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng, one of the most celebrated Chinese officials of the Tang Dynasty, defied his Emperor by slaying a sinful dragon. In his sleep.

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Prodigy, Poet, and Pliable Sage

The talented Zhang Jiuling suffered setbacks while creating lasting works of governance, civil engineering, and poetry, but he never suffered fools.

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Guarding Against Arrogance

Renowned calligrapher Wang Xizhi (王羲之), known as the Sage of Calligraphy in China, lived during the Jin Dynasty (A.D. 265-420) and had seven children, among whom his youngest son, Wang…

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The Risks of Using China’s Public WiFi

With the popularization of the Internet, free WiFi is available in many public places worldwide. Recently, it was reported that a man in China lost 6,000 yuan (approximately US$950) from…

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How Houyi Shot Down Nine Suns

Houyi was said to be a god that came to the human world during the time of the pre-historic Emperor Yao. At that time, there were ten suns that rose…