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Zhangs leave mark on history, culture

TO distinguish it from another Chinese surname with the same pronunciation, the surname Zhang is more often described as “Li Zao Zhang,” which indicates its character composition. This name is also associated ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday


Delving into dragon legends

FEATURING a horse’s head, deer antlers, shrimp antennae, fish scales, a snake’s body, lizard legs, eagle talons and bull ears, the Chinese dragon is a powerful legendary creature. It can fly in the sky, ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday


Tai Chi Chuan

IF you ask a Chinese friend, especially an elderly one, to recommend a popular form of exercise, the answer will almost always be taiji quan — also known as Tai Chi Chuan, or simply tai chi, in English ...

January 8, 2017, Sunday


The 24 Solar Terms

AT the end of last month, the 24 Solar Terms, an ancient Chinese almanac based on the sun’s position in the zodiac, became China’s 39th entry on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. This ...

December 25, 2016, Sunday


Dou surname traced to Xia Dynasty

DOU, which literally means cave or hole in Chinese, is a surname that has a long history. There are an estimated 380,000 people surnamed Dou in China, ranking it 219th in terms of population. The surname ...

December 18, 2016, Sunday


Troubled history of Yufo Temple

YUFO Temple, a Buddhist monastery in downtown Shanghai, has been around for 130 years. The temple houses three jade Buddha statues, hence the name Yufo, which literally translates as “Jade Buddha.” Among ...

December 18, 2016, Sunday


A game enthralling players for thousands of years

IF xiangqi, or Chinese chess, is the most popular board game in China today, then it’s predecessor weiqi, or Go, has long been widely revered in the country as a most important icon of Chinese culture. ...

December 11, 2016, Sunday


Eye-opening second-hand store

SWAPPING your unwanted items for someone else’s second-hand stuff isn’t a new idea. In fact, the thrill of looking for hidden treasure in other people’s gently-used cast-offs has a long history in modern ...

December 4, 2016, Sunday


Two pronunciations to same noble name

EDITOR’S note: Every Chinese family name has its own cultural origin that can be traced back thousands of years. In this col­umn, Shanghai Daily introduces the biggest Chinese family names and their histories. IT ...

December 4, 2016, Sunday


Chinese Chess

It’s an ever-present scene in China. As you stroll down a quiet alley, wander in a public park or pass a private courtyard with the door open, you’ll likely spot people playing a board game on a table,...

November 27, 2016, Sunday


 

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