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The Porcelain Bowl: Perfection Is in the Eye of the Beholder

The following story shows how perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Lao Liang needed money, so he wanted to sell his yellow porcelain bowl, which was a family heirloom. Once the news got out, an antique dealer came to his house. The dealer looked at the bowl for quite a while and said: “It is […]

How the Chinese Phoenix Got Its Feathers

The Chinese phoenix, also known as Fenghuang, is regarded as the epitome of all birds, an omen that foretells harmony, and a symbol of high virtue, prosperity, compassion, and grace. Fenghuang is believed to have been born from the sun (or out of fire) and is considered the ruler of all birds, for it embodies […]

Sensational Ways God Helps Those With Filial Respect

Filial respect may seem old-fashioned now, but in generations past, respect for parents and ancestors was highly regarded. A family with the surname Yang in Luoyang, capital of the Northern Wei Dynasties, had six male children. All of the brothers made a living by being hired and selling their labor. Unexpectedly, the descendants of this family have many high-ranking […]

Son Honors a Very Special Mother

A long, long time ago, a son lived with his mother because his father had passed away many years previously. The man worked in the fields every day and his mother took care of the household chores. Days seemed to be quiet in the field, except that the man had a hot temper. His mother brought lunch […]

Elderly Man Tricked a Rich Boy Into Losing His Fortune

Born into a respected family with wealth, riches, and good fortune, you would imagine that that is a great start in life. There was once a rich boy who indulged excessively in drinking and gambling until he lost all his wealth and inheritance, and was driven to desperation. At the time of his despair, an elderly […]

Why the Color Yellow Filled the World of Ancient Chinese Culture

According to legend, the patriarch of Chinese civilization was the Yellow Emperor. The birthplace of Chinese civilization was the Yellow Earth Plateau (Loess Plateau). The cradle of the Chinese nation was the Yellow River, and the descendants of the Yellow Emperor have yellowish skin. Since ancient times, the color yellow has been an integral part […]

The 5 Great Projects of Qin Shi Huang

In 221 B.C., Qin Shi Huang conquered the Six Kingdoms and established the first great unified regime of China. He then began a series of substantial political directives, such as unifying weights and measures, unifying the country’s writing system, and implementing a centralized system to manage state affairs. Externally, he defended his territory against the Xiongnu and expended his efforts to […]

The Ancient History of Tea

Lu Yu, in The Classic of Tea, said: “Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.” Tea has long been one of the most popular drinks in the world. According to World Tea News, tea ranks second only to water […]

The Critical Importance of Family Precepts

Most families in the Western world have a family crest, a coat of arms, or a family motto. The motto is usually written in Latin, such as Semper Fidelis — Always Faithful, or in French, such as A coeur valliant, rien impossible — To a valiant heart, nothing is impossible. The coat of arms and […]

Pure Intentions: Shen Yun Principal Dancer Chelsea Cai

Chelsea Cai is a principal dancer from the prestigious Shen Yun Performing Arts troupe who gives an intriguing glimpse into her craft. Shen Yun Performing Arts is a classical Chinese dance and music company based in New York that tours worldwide. Their goal is to revive traditional Chinese culture, which was almost destroyed completely during […]

The Legendary Tale of Houyi and Chang’e, Goddess of the Moon

Legends are like the shifting sands of a desert — forever changing and hard to grasp. This Chinese legend of Houyi and Chang’e is no exception, and many different versions have been passed down. The Jade Emperor, the ruler of Heaven, had 10 unruly sons. One day, they transformed themselves into 10 suns, heartlessly scorching […]

10 Popular Ancient Chinese Garments

In China, ancient Chinese garments were more than just a means to cover people’s bodies. They deemed clothing as an embodiment of culture and prestige symbols. Clothing in ancient China reflected the social status of the wearer. So there was a huge difference between the attire worn by the wealthy and peasants. In general, peasants […]

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