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All About Spring Festival Posted by on Jan 12, 2017

Chinese Vocabulary for Spring Festival

It’s an exciting time in China and Chinese communities around the world, as people are gearing up for the Spring Festival (春节 – chūn jié). Known to many as the Chinese New Year, this is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. The Spring Festival has a rich history as well as plenty of traditions…

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The Lantern Festival (元宵节) Posted by on Mar 5, 2015

Today is the 15th and final day of the Spring Festival, called 元宵节 (yuán xiāo jié) in Chinese and the Lantern Festival in English. Check out some highlights from the Grand View Park in Kunming where elaborate lanterns are set up to celebrate this special day: 元宵节 – yuán xiāo jié Lantern Festival 春节 – chūn…

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Why Spring Festival Sucks Posted by on Feb 19, 2015

It’s that time of year again – fireworks are going off everywhere, auspicious couplets are hanging outside of doors, children are counting up their lucky money, and millions of people are moving around the country to see their loved ones. Ah yes, it’s Spring Festival (春节 – chūn jié) in China once more. It’s both…

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Spring Festival Posted by on Feb 18, 2015

Chinese New Year is almost here, which means we’re about to say goodbye to the Year of the Horse and welcome in the Year of the Goat. This year, China will celebrate its New Year’s Eve on February 18th with the annual CCTV Gala, and plenty of fireworks will usher in the New Year that begins…

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Xian (西安) – City Wall (城墙) Posted by on May 29, 2012

Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in China, dating back over 3,000 years. One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, and also the east terminus of the Silk Road, this city is rich in Chinese history and culture. In this short video, stroll along the ancient City Wall, and go around the…

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Lantern Festival – Video Posted by on Feb 19, 2011

In my last post, I covered the Lantern Festival, which is the final day of Spring Festival celebrations. As I mentioned in that post, there was an insane fireworks display going on right outside of my window all night long. Just so that everyone can see exactly how ridiculous said display was, I made sure…

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Lantern Festival (元宵节) Posted by on Feb 17, 2011

Having just returned to Beijing last night after a month in Thailand and Laos, I made it back just in time for the final day of Spring Festival revelry – the Lantern Festival (元宵节 – yuán xiāo jié). As I type this post, a constant stream of fireworks and firecrackers are being set off right…

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