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
According to physical fitness experts, the best exercises consist of slow, continuous and rhythmic movements. Examples of these are walking and swimming. They also emphasize what they call forced breathing, which exercises the diaphragm and increases blood flow.
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.
Chinese Zodiac, Part 3
With the monkey, the power of Yin takes over. They are creative and successful in a wide range of endeavors. However, the monkey can be vain, irritable, and lack an ability to pursue their goals with enthusiasm.
Revised June 20, 2011