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  • Beijing's aim: More international students in Wudaokou

    October 15, 2010 | Posted by Vicky

    Foreign students in Beijing's Wudaokou area, above.

    Recently, a report from China News indicates the government of Beijing is actively working to dramatically increase the number of foreign students in its Wudaokou area. Presently Beijing has a foreign student population of 71,000 and authorities aim to reach 200,000 in ten years. Called the "Draft Guidelines on Beijing's Long- and Mid-Term Education Reform and Development," the plan released Wednesday by government officials outlines ways to promote Mandarin education in Beijing and improve t ...

  • Lucky and Unlucky Numbers in Chinese Culture

    October 13, 2010 | Posted by Vicky

    This is a picture of the ten Arabic numbers -- numbers have special lucky and unlucky meanings in Chinese.

    In Chinese, numbers has a far richer meaning than being a tool for counting. Superstitions are popular among Chinese people. For example, do you ever wonder why the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games was held at 8:08pm on August 8th of 2008? That’s because the number 8 is regarded as a very lucky number in China.

    Unlucky numbers in China

    In western culture, the number 13 and Friday are unlucky. Similarly, Chinese also has a unlucky number, that is 4. Since its ...

  • Dragon Boat Festival: boat races, zongzi, and a patriot poet

    October 06, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    A dragon boat race in Singapore, above, commemorates the Dragon Boat Festival.

    One of China's most famous traditional holidays, the Dragon Boat Festival has a long history and special customs, including dragon boat races and eating zongzi. The holiday each year falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.


    According to its legend, the Dragon Boat Festival memorializes a patriotic Chinese poet, Qu Yuan. He lived in the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC). At that time, China had fallen into a state of fragmentation and conflict. Qu Yuan, ...

  • People's Republic of China turns 61 today

    October 01, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    A 23-minute firework celebration commemorated the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong, above.

    Today is the 61st anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, which was declared atop the Tian'anmen Rostrum by Mao Zedong today in 1949.

    Last year was the country's 60th anniversary, and readers will likely remember the large-scale parades and days of celebration to commemorate the event that were covered extensively in the international press.

    This year's celebrations, while on a less grand scale than last year's, commemorated another year of accomplis ...

  • Legend of Qingming, or Tomb Sweeping Day

    September 26, 2010 | Posted by Chris

    Observers of Qingming, or Tomb Sweeping Day, remembering departed loved ones, above.

    Tomb Sweeping Day, called Qingming Day in Chinese, is a traditional Chinese festival with a long history. It usually occurs around April 5. It is a holiday to go out to enjoy the greenery of springtime and tend to the graves of the departed loved ones.


    Tomb Sweeping Day originate from a story that took place in the Spring and Autumn Period in China (8th - 5th century BC). According to legend, Duke Wen of Jin arranged for the holiday in memory of one of his follo ...

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