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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

Cultural Highlights

Chinese Customs & Festivals

Yuanxiao or "Lantern Festival", celebrated on the 15th Day of the 1st Lunar Month, marks the end of the Spring Festival. The Chinese people sometimes call it the Yuanxiao Festival because they like to eat small round dumplings of sticky rice containing sweet fillings. (Literally "yuan" means "round one"; xiao means "overnight".)
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Acrobatic Art

The art of Chinese acrobatics has enjoyed both a long history and a rich national flavor, and has been one of the most popular art forms amongst the Chinese people. In a broad sense, acrobatics is the collective name for various kinds of feats. In primitive societies, acrobatics were closely related with music and dance, and became dominant amongst the existing cultures at that time.
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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.
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Revised June 20, 2011