Double 11

November 11th (11/11) is called Singles’ day (光棍节 guāng gùn jié) in China. “2” stands for double, and “1” resembles an individual who is alone. A set of four “1”, gives people a feeling of loneliness. That is Singles’ day, on which they celebrate their pride in being single. It’s said that the beginning of the festival was in a…

Why is China called 中国(Central Country)

The word “中国 (China)” was first discovered on a bronze ware, which archaeologists called “He Zun”. It was discovered in 1963 in Baoji,in Shaanxi Province. Two words appear on the inscription engraved on this bronze ware, which is the earliest “中国” we see now. The inscription describes the history which is: After conquering the c…

Visiting Shanghai City App

Learn about Shanghai’s profiles, explore the information of Shanghai’s food, accomodation, transportation, tourism, shopping and entertainment. All these functions can be realized through a mobile application. On Oct 22, with the support of Shanghai Municipal Culture and Tourism Administration, the participation of other related commissions an…

Chinese has their own Halloween

The first half of July of the Chinese calendar is a folk festival in ancient times to celebrate the harvest and reward the earth. The worship consists to sacrifice their ancestors according to the rules, with new rice and other offerings, and report the autumn to them. This festival is a kind of traditional and cultural festival to remember our ancestors. And…

The traditional and elegant way of eating crabs

In this golden autumn, when crabs are the most meatier, did you have a taste of these delicious hairy crabs this weekend? Chinese people have been eating crabs for 2780 years. It has been recorded since in the West Zhou Dynasty. Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it is said that literati appreciated chrysanthemums and ate crabs for arousing their inspiration…

The Chinese Bridge Competition

The “Chinese Bridge” champions from 105 countries gathered in China, and a wonderful Chinese culture show is coming. The 12th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held in Zhengzhou recently. 264 teachers and students from 119 competition areas in 105 co…

Anecdotes about Shanghai street names

After Shanghai opened its port in 1843, It has become a city of immigrants. Before the liberation of Shanghai in 1949, many avenues are named after foreign celebrities and places, such as “Lincoln Avenue”, “Avenue Joffre”, “Avenue Petain”, “Gordon Road” and so on. Theses names remind us our colonial pasts. Therefore, they were cancelled after the liberat…

Is the spelling of “陕西南路South Shaanxi South Road” wrong?

  If you are learning Chinese, when you pass through South Shaanxi Road, you will be surprised to find its pinyin spelling is like this:     There are two “a” instead of “Shanxi”. What is it? Is this correct?   What’s going on here?   It turns out that this is because the street sign is not convenient for marking four tones of Chinese pro…

It turned out to be such Chinese Language

In ancient times, the Central Plain people (the area on the lower reaches of the Yellow River which formed the cradle of Chinese civilization) had frequent exchanges with other ethnic groups around them. In fact, what is called the Han Chinese are the fusion of the the Yue, Yi, Qiang people who entered “China” in ancient times. Therefore, what…
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