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Mythical tales of kylin lives on

JUST like many other mythical creatures, kylin has features of many animals. It has a lion’s head, deer’s antlers, tiger’s eyes, horse’s body, fish’s scales, bull’s feet and dragon’s tail — all recognized ...

March 19, 2017, Sunday

Tracing the Pan family lineage

IT is estimated that there are about 6.2 million people surnamed Pan in China, making it the 36th most common name in the country. Pan as a surname can be traced back to the family of Yao, descendents ...

March 19, 2017, Sunday

Abacus Calculation

IN China, zhusuan refers to a millennia old method of performing arithmetic calculations with an abacus, which is called suanpan (or literally “counting tray”) in Chinese. In 2013, UNESCO honored Chinese ...

March 12, 2017, Sunday

Phoenix leaves mark on culture

THE feng, or phoenix, is the legendary king of all avian species according to Chinese myth. “A Hundred Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix” is one of the most popular themes in traditional Chinese painting. ...

March 5, 2017, Sunday

Looking back at Su family lines

IT is estimated that there are about 5.8 million people surnamed Su in China, making it the 41st most common surname in the country. The earliest branch of the Su family originated from the Emperor Zhuan ...

March 5, 2017, Sunday

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


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