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Archive for January, 2012

Sū zhōu aka “Venice of the Far East” (苏州) Posted by on Jan 31, 2012

Suzhou or 苏州 (Sūzhōu) is a major Chinese city located in the southeast quadrant of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China,  adjacent to Shanghai Municipality. The city is situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake and is a part of the Yangtze River Delta region. Suzhou is…

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Harnessing your Inner Qi: Traditional Medicine Theory Posted by on Jan 28, 2012

Now that we’ve introduced traditional forms of) Chinese medicine, it’s time to take a look at the theory behind these timeless practices. Traditional Chinese Medicine (中医) is based on Yinyangism (later absorbed by Daoism).From this follows the belief that all parts of the universe (including the human body) are interconnected by correspondence of “qi”, blood, bodily fluids, zang-fu,…

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Spring Festival Superstitions and Traditions Posted by on Jan 21, 2012

Chinese Vocabulary for Spring Festival

When the Spring Festival rolls around, there’s a lot to be done. As this festival lasts for 15 days, there’s something different for each day, and preparations for the celebration begin weeks before the actual festival. Let’s learn about some of the superstitions and traditions associated with the most important Chinese holiday. Superstitions Leading up…

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Cupping (拔罐) Posted by on Jan 19, 2012

Cupping or 拔罐 (báguànr) is a type of Chinese massage that consists of attaching several hollowed-out glass “cups” to the body. These cups work to massage soft tissue, by pulling and stretching the skin. This occurs through a vacuuming process in which these cups literally adhere to the persons body, “sucking” skin up into the…

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History of the Spring Festival Posted by on Jan 19, 2012

It’s that time of the year again, as China gears up for its most important holiday, the granddaddy of them all –  the Spring Festival (春节 – chūn jié). Also known around the world as Chinese New Year (农历新年 – nóng lì xīn nián), this holiday begins on the first day of the first month…

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