Seated stone-carved Maitreya, Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan, China. (Image:  Ariel Steiner via  flickr  CC BY-SA 2.5)

Legend of the Xiangguo Temple

Huiyun was a monk from a monastery in Luoyang during the Tang Dynasty. In the first year of the Linde era of Emperor Tang Gaozong’s reign (A.D. 664-665), Huiyun at 10 years of age decided to become a monk. His father…

Most Chinese festivals are based on generations-old legends that are passed on. The Duan Wu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. (Image: Seed Goan / Vision Times)

Dragon Boat Festival Activities

Cheered on by thousands and accompanied by the loud sounds of drums, gongs, and firecrackers, long and narrow boats decorated with colorful dragon heads, tails, and scales race in rivers around the world every fifth month of the lunar calendar.

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No Food From Me

A father and a son lived separately for several years. The son saved up some money. The father was old and sick. He could not make money, so he became…

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Hu Shih’s Son and His Bitter Choice

Hu Shih, a famous diplomat and educator, had the wisdom to choose freedom and abandon communist ideology. His son, Hu Sidu, however, was not so lucky.

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A Father Who Had No Fear of Ghosts

A public official named Ji Xiao Lan described what happened when he was appointed as the supervisor of the Office of Education and Examination in Fuzhou City during the Ming…

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Legend of the Xiangguo Temple

Huiyun was a monk from a monastery in Luoyang during the Tang Dynasty. In the first year of the Linde era of Emperor Tang Gaozong’s reign (A.D. 664-665), Huiyun at…

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A Wetland With Lovely Night-Blooming Flowers

Situated in the Dongshan River drainage area in northern  Taiwan‘s Yilan County, Yilan 52-jia Wetland (宜蘭五十二甲溼地) is one of the 41 National Class Wetlands designated by the Taiwanese government in…

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‘Made in China’ or ‘Made in Japan’

Both China and Japan are huge manufacturing countries; however, while one relies on bulk manufacturing, the latter has created an image of quality craftsmanship for its products. As a result,…

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Dragon Boat Festival Activities

Cheered on by thousands and accompanied by the loud sounds of drums, gongs, and firecrackers, long and narrow boats decorated with colorful dragon heads, tails, and scales race in rivers…

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Celebrating Taiwanese American Heritage Week

From its inception in 2002 until today, the annual Passport to Taiwan Festival has grown to become the largest outdoor Taiwanese American event in the U.S. This year, the New…

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The Origin of the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, is one of the oldest and most popular traditional Chinese festivals. This…

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I’d Like to Be Your Father

There was a wealthy man who had a big family and had many assets. He always lent money to help people transition through difficult times. Many people owed debts to…