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CHINESE CULTURE

The Dunhuang Caves: An Earthly Glimpse Into Otherworldly Realms
In China’s northwest, on the edge of the Gobi Desert, lies a town that was once a blessed stopover for...
The Orchid Pavilion: A Celebration of Beauty in Poetry, Calligraphy, and Music
It was the third day of the third lunar month of the year 353. Wang Xizhi, the greatest calligrapher...
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The Many Benefits of Rose Water and How to Make It
Roses have been treasured for thousands of years, not only for their intoxicating fragrance, but also...
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Tai Chi: The Daoist Martial Art of Winning Without Fighting
It is said that during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279), in the twelfth century, a man called Zhang...
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Want a Healthy Halloween Treat? Try the Weird and Wonderful Water Caltrop
What is a nutty fruit — shaped like a bat — that’s both auspicious and delicious? It’s a water caltrop...
The Virtuous King Wen: Forging a Legacy for the Ages in an Era of Corruption
An important concept in the history of China’s many dynastic governments is tian ming (天命), or the Mandate...
The Fujian Tulou – Ancient Sustainable Architecture
In the mountainous regions of China, the Fujian Tulou has stood the test of time. A traditional multi-story...
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Reflexology – An Ancient Approach to Wellness, Starting With the Feet!
Do you sometimes find yourself rubbing your sore feet? Hey, guess what — you’re onto something! Reflexology...
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Reunite With Family Under a Full Moon! China’s Mid-Autumn Festival
Each year Chinese people — especially those who live far from home — make notorious efforts to reunite...