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
Chenjiagou, a village in Wenxian County, Henan Province, is well-known not only for its wushu masters but also for being the birthplace of Taijiquan.
Chinese Customs & Festivals
Duan Wu, or the Dragon Boat Festival, falls on the
fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
During the festival there are dragon boat races, and
people eat zongzi, pyramid-shaped dumplings wrapped
in bamboo or reed leaves. They are made of glutinous
rice and stuffed with pork, ham, chicken, dates, or
sweet bean paste.
Chinese Customs & Festivals - Spring
Spring Festival is also known as Chinese New Year, the first day of first month in the lunar calendar, marking the beginning of Spring Festival. Lichun, however, marks the beginning of spring (first solar term) in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Revised June 20, 2011