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Chinese Culture

At eChineseLearning we know that the Chinese learning experience requires not only a focus on the Chinese language, but also on Chinese culture and history. Our resources will introduce you to key points of Chinese culture, important historical events, fun festivals, taboos, and more! Best of all, these materials are FREE for you to explore! They are also a great companion to our Chinese Immersion Program, for those planning to study, work or live in China. If you are interested in learning more about Chinese culture, you're in the right place!

“Don’t play dumb!” This English phrase has a Chinese equivalent that, although its meaning is the same, has a very different literal translation with unique origins. The Chinese “装蒜 (zhuāngsuàn)” literally means “to pretend garlic” which may sound kind of funny in English. It is used to mean “feign ignorance” and “make a pretense.” Read ...


Key Learning Points (Preview): 赏月 (shǎngyuè): v. to admire the full moon

月饼 (yuèbǐng): n. moon cake

On Mid-autumn Festival, the custom of “赏月 (shǎngyuè) admiring the full moon” began with people in ancient China, and is still maintained. In the Zhou Dynasty, on the night of the Mid-autumn Festival, people would offer sacrifices to ...


Key Learning Points (Preview):
粽子 (zòngzi) n. rice dumpling

 

庆祝 (qìngzhù) v. to celebrate

 

In the west, people "庆祝 (qìngzhù) celebrate" Easter Day in memory of Jesus. They eat Easter Eggs to commemorate this day. In China, people have a similar celebration of a heroic figure from ancient times on the Dragon Boat Festival. Instead of Easter Eggs, Chinese people ...


Dragon Boat Festival in Chinese is 端午节(Duānwǔ jié). It is on the fifth of May of lunar calendar. There are many legends about this traditional festival and the most popular one is “屈原 (Qū Yuán)QuYuan,” who was a Chinese scholar and minister to the King of State of Chu during the Warring States period. He ...


Have you ever heard of Chinese “糖画(tánghuà) sugar painting?” If not, check out the video below for a glimpse of this intricate, edible art!

Have you ever seen anything like what the artist makes in the video? Do you think the way “糖画(tánghuà)” is made is pretty amazing?
If you visit China, you might find that in ...


清明节 (Qīngmíngjié) Tomb Sweeping Day (Intermediate)

Key Learning Points (Preview):
放风筝 (fàng fēngzheng): v to fly kites

荡秋千 (dàng qiūqiān): v to swing

“清明节 (Qīngmíngjié) Tomb Sweeping Day” is celebrated fifteen days after the Spring equinox and is one of the few Chinese holidays that follows the solar calendar. The traditional Chinese calendar divides a year ...


The movie 变脸(biànliǎn) Face Off was directed by Chinese director 吴宇森(Wúyŭsēn) John Woo, and was released in 1997. While the movie was a hit, in fact, 变脸(biànliǎn) is a form of art in Sichuan Province, China.
变脸(biànliǎn) face-off and 川剧(chuānjù) Sichuan Opera

川剧(chuānjù) Sichuan Opera is a form of folk art just like Peking Opera ...


Sun Zi’s Art of War was written by Sun Wu in the final year of the Spring and Autumn
Period (770BC – 476BC).
It is not only the oldest Chinese military work in existence but also the oldest book
of military theory in the world, well-known for a long time in the history of the
military academy in China ...


Sun Zi’s Art of War was written by Sun Wu in the final year of the Spring and Autumn
Period (770BC – 476BC).
It is not only the oldest Chinese military work in existence but also the oldest book
of military theory in the world, well-known for a long time in the history of the
military academy in China ...


Sun Zi’s Art of War was written by Sun Wu in the final year of the Spring and Autumn
Period (770BC – 476BC).
It is not only the oldest Chinese military work in existence but also the oldest book
of military theory in the world, well-known for a long time in the history of the
military academy in China ...


春节(chūn jié) Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most traditional and grand festival in China. It falls on the first of every January in the lunar calendar. 除夕(chú xī) Chinese New Year’s Eve is the last day of last year and means ringing out the old year and ringing in the new. There ...


(Learn how to express your feelings while dating.)
鹊 桥 仙 (Què qiáo xiān) Immortal at the Magpie Bridge

作 者: 秦 观 (Zuò zhĕ: Qín guān)
Translated by: Xu. Yuanchong
Xiān yún nòng qiăo, fēi xīng chuán hèn, yín hàn tiáo tiáo àn dù
纤      云     弄    巧,飞  星     ...


中国的情人节(zhōngguó de qíngrénjié)

The Seventh Day of the Seventh Month in lunar calendar is Chinese Valentine’s Day, called 七夕(qīxī) Qi Xi (literally “The Night of Sevens”). Girls on this day look at the stars to pray for a happy marriage.
Origin
Chinese Valentine’s Day originated from a famous and beautiful love story. A young man named ...


一棵开花的树(Yì kē kāihuā de shù)A Tree in Blossom
by 席慕容 (Xí Mùróng)Xi Murong

Rúhé ràng nĭ yùjiàn wŏ
如何   让   你  遇见  我
How do I let you meet me,
Zài wŏ zuì mĕilì de shíkè
在  我  最  美丽 的 时刻
At my most beautiful moment.
Wèi zhè
为    这
For this,
Wŏ yĭ zài fó qián qiú le wŭ băi nián
我 ...


bái rì yī shān jìn
白  日 依 山   尽

登鹳雀楼 (Dēnɡ ɡuàn què lóu) On the Stork Tower
by 王之涣 (Wánɡ zhī huàn)  Wang Zhihuan (Tang)
Bái  rì yī shān jìn
白  日 依  山   尽
Along the mountains sink the last rays of sun,
Huánɡ hé rù hǎi liú
黄        河 入 海  流
Towards the sea ...


A:   Nĭ zhăng dé zhēn piàoliang.
A:你    长    得   真       漂亮。
You are so beautiful.
B:   Nălĭ   nălĭ.
B:哪里 哪里!
You flatters me.
A:   Méimao, yănjing, ĕrduo,  bízi,    zuĭ chù chù dōu piàoliang!
A:眉毛、      眼睛、 耳朵、鼻子、嘴  处   处   都     漂亮!
Your eyebrows, your eyes…everywhere (on ...


The “饿鬼节 (È Guĭ Jié) Hungry Ghost Festival” of Chinese Taoism is also the “盂兰节 (yú lán jié) Ullambana Festival” of Buddhism, commonly called “Ghost Festival鬼节 (guĭ jié) Ghost Festival“or “中元节 (zhōng yuán jié) Mid-July Festival.” It falls on the fifteenth of every lunar July. (In 2009, Hungry Ghost Festival will falls on ...


Before the guests arrive, most Chinese hosts will make certain preparations, such as cleaning the house, setting the table with a tea pot and cups, an ashtray, and some candy or snacks. When the guests are seated, the host will first serve tea, and then offer cigarettes, or snacks. While talking to the guests, the ...


Sun Zi’s Art of War was written by Sun Wu in the final year of the Spring and Autumn
Period (770BC – 476BC).
It is not only the oldest Chinese military work in existence but also the oldest book
of military theory in the world, well-known for a long time in the history of the
military academy in China ...


Sun Zi’s Art of War was written by Sun Wu in the final year of the Spring and Autumn
Period (770BC – 476BC).
It is not only the oldest Chinese military work in existence but also the oldest book
of military theory in the world, well-known for a long time in the history of the
military academy in China ...


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