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Terracotta Warriors Guarding Immortality Exhibition

The feature exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne is the Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang, combining ancient Chinese artifacts with...

How Ancient Chinese Clothing Indicated Rank and Status

In ancient times, the Chinese clothing worn by emperors, noblemen, and officials used color and pattern to signify rank. The association of rank to...

Tea Etiquette: Do You Know the Secret Meaning of Finger Tapping?

According to the Chinese, when someone pours tea into your cup, tea etiquette requires you to lightly tap the table top a few times...

The Legend of the Eight Banners System

The Eight Banners System was officially founded by Nurhachi, the Taizu (founder) of the Qing Dynasty. Initially, there were only four banners that represented...

Chinese Character for Dragon: Lóng 龍

Conveying the noble, auspicious qualities of the Chinese dragon, the Chinese character for dragon 龍, pronounced lóng, is separated into two parts. The left...

Know Your Chinese Gatekeepers: Dragon, Qilin, Shi

Dragon: Imperial gatekeeper Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore. They traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall,...

The Chinese Character Cháo 朝

A new dynasty marks the dawn of a new era. The Chinese character 朝, pronounced cháo (or “ciao” in Italian), stands for morning or...

The Emperor’s Corn Porridge

During the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi went to Changshanyu of Luanping (located in Hebei today) with his servant. On their way back, they got...

Emperor Kangxi: The Longest Reigning Emperor in China

The longest reigning emperor in China's history was Emperor Kangxi, who ruled for 61 years. Following the death of his father, Emperor Shunzhi, at the...

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

During my summer vacation, I once again carefully read Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I was captivated by the vivid characters in the book....

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