Emperor

The humble beginnings of a recipe from the Imperial Kitchen. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The Emperor’s Corn Porridge

During the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi went to Changshanyu of Luanping (located in Hebei today) with his servant. On their way back, they got lost. It was getting dark and Emperor Kangxi was hungry. He rode ahead of his servant…

The painting 'Departure Herald' shows the emperor's large procession heading toward the imperial tombs of the Ming emperors. (Image:  wikipedia /  CC0 1.0)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

During my summer vacation, I once again carefully read Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I was captivated by the vivid characters in the book. I also gained a renewed understanding about life. Specifically, everything that happens on Earth is designed…

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The Legend of the Eight Banners System

The Eight Banners System was officially founded by Nurhachi, the Taizu (founder) of the Qing Dynasty. Initially, there were only four banners that represented the four different military units — the…

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Chinese Character for Dragon: Lóng 龍

Conveying the noble, auspicious qualities of the Chinese dragon, the Chinese character for dragon 龍, pronounced lóng, is separated into two parts. The left symbolizes the dragon’s head, while the…

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Know Your Chinese Gatekeepers: Dragon, Qilin, Shi

Dragon: Imperial gatekeeper Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore. They traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods.

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The Chinese Character Cháo 朝

A new dynasty marks the dawn of a new era. The Chinese character 朝, pronounced cháo (or “ciao” in Italian), stands for morning or dawn. It is also the character…

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The Emperor’s Corn Porridge

During the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi went to Changshanyu of Luanping (located in Hebei today) with his servant. On their way back, they got lost. It was getting dark and…

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms

During my summer vacation, I once again carefully read Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I was captivated by the vivid characters in the book. I also gained a renewed understanding…

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The Great Chinese Historian Sima Qian

Legacy of the book Shiji has a deep impact, with passion for his country and a determination to fulfill his mission to keep an accurate record of history. Sima Qian…