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Five-Animal Frolics

ONE of the outstanding features of the traditional Chinese martial arts is imitating animal movements. This is because, Chinese martial artists believed in the past — and still do today — that we humans ...

February 26, 2017, Sunday

China’s guardians of the galaxy

IN Chinese myths, four powerful animals guarded the four sides of ancient China. The four animals are thought to have been based on astrology-based beliefs, and then were gradually enriched as vivid protectors ...

February 19, 2017, Sunday

Wudang kung fu

WUDANG kung fu is one of the two most representative styles of traditional Chinese martial arts, the other being Shaolin. It’s a popular saying in China that “In the north, Shaolin kung fu is king; yet ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday

Enter the dragon’s nine children

WHEN indicating the natural differences that exist among people, most Chinese will bring up the proverb, “The dragon has nine sons, none of which are alike.” Probably out of respect and deference to ...

February 5, 2017, Sunday

Shaolin kungfu

SHAOLIN kungfu is undoubtedly one of the most popular and widely recognized styles of Chinese martial arts, thanks not only to its long history and wide influence, but also numerous Shaolin-themed movies. According ...

January 22, 2017, Sunday

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


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