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The many meanings of water

THE inscriptions of the Shui ethnic group often include a pattern of two fish surrounding a gourd. This graceful pattern is a symbol of the Shui people’s close relationship with water and one of many ...

July 27, 2014, Sunday

Worshippers, tourists revere this towering symbol of Islam

苏公塔礼拜寺 (sū gōng tǎ lǐ bài sì) Emin Minaret Mosque Emin Minaret Mosque is one of the largest Uygur mosques in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. About 2 kilometers east of Turpan, the mosque is best known ...

July 20, 2014, Sunday

Pictorial dictionary — Qubba

拱北 (gǒng běi) The Chinese word gongbei (拱北) comes from the Arabic qubba, meaning tomb, especially a Muslim domed mausoleum. The term is used mainly by Chinese-speaking Muslims for an Islamic shrine built ...

July 20, 2014, Sunday

TCM Treasures Honey

SIMPLIFIED Chinese: 蜂蜜 Pinyin: fēng mì For many Chinese people, it’s become a habit to add honey to milk, spread it on bread, or just simply stir some into a cup of warm water for breakfast. It’s not ...

July 20, 2014, Sunday

Lahu — China’s ‘hunting tigers’

THE Lahu people of southwestern China’s Yunnan Province have long been known as the nation’s hunting tigers, due to their nomadic tradition in ancient times. With a population of 485,966, most of the ...

July 13, 2014, Sunday

Strokes of genius 及

THE Oracle bone script of “及jí” depicts two people walking, the latter reaching out his hand to grab the former’s leg. What does that mean? To catch up! Instead of this concrete action, it now has turned ...

July 13, 2014, Sunday

Great Mosque stands the test of time

化觉巷清真寺 (huà jué xiàng qīng zhēn sì) The Great Mosque of Xi’an The Great Mosque in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, is the oldest and best known in the country. Unlike mosques in other parts of the country and ...

July 6, 2014, Sunday

TCM Treasures - Bird’s nest

SIMPLIFIED Chinese: 燕窝 Pinyin: yàn wō Bird’s nest has long been a popular tonic, especially for women as they are said to improve the complexion by promoting cell regeneration and reduce signs of aging. ...

July 6, 2014, Sunday

Dongxiang share oral tradition

THE Dongxiang people are an independent ethnic group in China, though many people may confuse them with the Hui ethnic group. Dongxiang people share the same religion and similar living habits with the ...

June 29, 2014, Sunday

Strokes of genius 丝

AS an associative character, the oracle bone script of "丝sī"(silk) is equal to a double of “糸mì” (filament). So this character is, first of all, referring to fabrics. “真丝zhēnsī” must be 100% pure silk, ...

June 29, 2014, Sunday


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