China is wonderous and awe-inspiring. It has a history of five thousand years. It is the only continuous ancient civilization. Other ancient civilizations have changed, discontinued, withered or perished. Why is it so enduring? Why is it so coherent, often sticking to itself, remaining undivided? Why is it so dynamic, always able to revive, regenerate and revitalise itself? Why is it an immortal phoenix able to rise again on its ashes? These are enduring questions. Nobody can give a complete answer, full stop. They will stimulate intellect, provoke interest, engage investigation. > read more
Architecture mirrors the material and aesthetic standards of a society, and classical Chinese architecture is no exception. It is interesting to see how the ancient buildings of China were developed, with their unique timber structures and decorative styles.
To followers of the yin-yang Wu Xing theory, everything in the world is either yin, the negative and feminine force, or yang, the positive and masculine force. The two forces complement and oppose each other. It is not difficult to understand yin and yang, if we think of "the complementary opposites" such as heaven and earth, positive and negative, male and female, life and death.
Chinese Customs & Festivals
In much of the countryside, Spring Festival is still the term used for New Year's Day. The year of 2008 marked the start of the "Year of the Rat" according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
Revised June 20, 2011