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‘Along the River During the Qingming Festival’

IF Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” usually attracts the biggest crowd at the Louvre every day, the Chinese equivalent would very likely be the painting entitled “Along the River During the Qingming Festival.” ...

May 24, 2015, Sunday


De’ang are strong tea lovers

THE De’ang ethnic group is tiny compared to the country’s total population. There are only about 20,556 De’ang and most of them live in Yunnan Province’s Luxi City and Zhenkang County although some live ...

May 17, 2015, Sunday


You surname a creation of the name change game

COMPARED to other Chinese family names, You is a young one dating back just over 1,100 years. According to historical records, the surname didn’t exist before the Song Dynasty (960-1279). During the Five ...

May 10, 2015, Sunday


Homes for those no longer of this world

CHINESE people have long been known for their religious zeal in worshiping their ancestors. Since ancient times people with the same surname have tended to live in the same place. This is particularly ...

May 10, 2015, Sunday


Drumming up glorious traditions

DRUMS play an important role in the Jinuo ethnic group as they serve as both a sacrificial item and musical instrument. Legend goes that an ancestor of the Jinuo people made a big drum during a flood. ...

May 3, 2015, Sunday


Much thought went into philosopher’s temple

THERE were once more than 1,700 temples in China devoted to the memory of Confucius (551-479 BC), one of the greatest Chinese philosophers and educators. Today, there are still about 60 such temples on ...

April 26, 2015, Sunday


Kings, emperors, Romans and emigrants to Japan

THE descendant of the first emperor of Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) who united China became to a major branch of the Qin family in China — but the name was already a noble lineage long before, while other ...

April 26, 2015, Sunday


Romantic festival on the beach

LIVING in areas close to the ocean, it is hardly surprising that the Jing ethnic group has developed a culture based around fishing. With a population of 28,199, the Jing mainly live in the vicinity of ...

April 19, 2015, Sunday


Ancient homes from home

HUIGUAN, which literally mean “assembly hall,” were originally guild halls for traders or a meeting hall for fellow provincials or townsmen away from home. Such halls first appeared in the early years ...

April 12, 2015, Sunday


Honest scholar on the threshold of being executed

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. ...

April 12, 2015, Sunday


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