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
The Chinese Zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle, each year named after a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person's birth is the primary factor in determining that person's personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout their lifetime.
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.
Traditional Art - The Four Treasures of the Study
Hu brushes, Hui inksticks, Xuan paper and Duan inkstones are popularly known as the "four treasures of the study" in China. They are essential tools for calligraphers and painters.
Revised June 20, 2011