This Chinese tomb mural from the Han Dynasty shows Jing Ke's assassination attempt. The King of Qin is on the left and Jing Ke, on the right, has been seized. In the middle is the dagger, sticking out of the column. (Image:  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

Tian Guang Surrenders to the Sword

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, the Chinese idiom stands out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. It is concise, vivid, expressive, and an accumulation of historical facts and rich ethnic cultures. The formation…

Certain individuals seem to be born with social intelligence. (Image:  Guadalupe Cervilla   via   flicker  /  CC BY 2.0 )

Ancient Chinese Art of Reading People

Empathy, people skills, catching vibes, social intelligence, or the ability to read other people’s emotions and inner character — and to use this intel to navigate relationships — has been given many names.  Certain individuals seem to be born with…

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The Buddha Statue of the Lama Temple

In the main hall of the Lama Temple in Beijing stands a huge, 18-meter tall Maitreya statue. Hand-carved during Qianlong Emperor’s reign of the Qing Dynasty, the statue stands tall…

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Teaching Kids to Mind Their Manners

Sometimes kids just don’t realize it’s impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the…

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The Chinese Phrase: ’A 3-inch Tongue’

During China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, the Chinese idiom stands out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language and popular phrases. It is concise, vivid,…

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The Butchered Pig: A Lesson in Honesty

Zeng Zi (505-432 B.C.) was from Nan Wu in what is now China’s Shandong Province. When he was 16 years old, he was accepted as a student of Confucius. He…

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Tea Art Improves One’s Character

Ancient Chinese ceremony changes people’s lives With enrolments in etiquette schools booming around the world, an alternative method for teaching etiquette is growing in Taiwan. Students there learn etiquette via…

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The Good Deeds of Zhen Bin

There once was a man named Zhen Bin, who lived during the Qi Dynasty. Although he came from a poor family, he was a kind-hearted and well-behaved man.

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Tian Guang Surrenders to the Sword

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, the Chinese idiom stands out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. It is concise, vivid, expressive, and an…

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A Coachman’s Story

Yan Zi was the prime minister of the state of Qi. One day, he was riding in a carriage when his carriage happened to pass by the coachman’s house. The…

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The Thief and the Statesman

Zeng Guofan did not have a remarkable aptitude for study, but he tried very hard. One night, he was trying to memorize an article by reciting it repeatedly. A thief…

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What Price to Save a Life?

In May of the 10th year of the rule of the Qianlong Emperor in 1721, an examinee named Qian Weicheng from Wujin County and his friend, Li Jianzhong, went to…

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Chinese Legends: A Smart Envoy

In China’s history, a princess marrying the king of another state to secure its loyalty was not unusual. A good example of this was when Princess Wencheng of the Tang…

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Ancient Chinese Art of Reading People

Empathy, people skills, catching vibes, social intelligence, or the ability to read other people’s emotions and inner character — and to use this intel to navigate relationships — has been…

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Drinking Poison to Quench One’s Thirst

In China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, Chinese phrases or idioms stand out as a shining pearl in the treasure of the Chinese language. They are concise, vivid, expressive, and…

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Secrets of the Chinese Calendar

The Chinese calendar is also known as the Yin or Xia calendar, or the lunar calendar. Its origins supposedly go back to the year 2100 BC to the Xia Dynasty and,…

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The Song Dynasty’s Emperor Huizong

The Northern Song Dynasty’s eighth emperor, Song Huizong, was very talented, and he was a man of great attainments in calligraphy and painting. In particular, the so-called “Slender Gold” style…

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Childhood Memories of Chinese New Year

I have lived outside China for over 20 years. After moving overseas, for more than 10 years I still chose to return to China to celebrate Chinese New Year. I…

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How the Chinese Phoenix Got Its Feathers

The Chinese phoenix is regarded as the epitome of all birds, or simply as the king of birds because it embodies the characteristics of many other feathered species. For generations,…