Word of the Week: Listening; hearing  – 听 

Word of the Week: Listening; hearing  – 听 

The five senses are what bring color to life. So our word of this week is 听 – ‘listening, hearing’. Pronunciation 听 is pronounced  tīng. Meaning 听(tīng)”Listening” is found in the Oracle Bone Inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty. The ancient character...
Chinese Gift giving Culture-Taboos(1)

Chinese Gift giving Culture-Taboos(1)

China is a country rich in moral values and etiquette, which certainly comes into play in the culture of gift giving. We all are filled with only the best intentions when giving gifts, but in China, there are certain taboos which one must avoid to prevent any offense....
Four Treasures of the Study – Ink

Four Treasures of the Study – Ink

The importance of ink in Chinese writing culture is self-evident. In Chinese, we call calligraphy works “墨宝(mò bǎo, literally meaning the treasures of ink)”, intellectuals “墨客(mò kè,literally meaning inkmen)”, and  painting “泼墨(pō...
Emperor Yu Tamed the Flood

Emperor Yu Tamed the Flood

There was once a period, in ancient times, when the Yellow River Valley was flooded for quite some time. It caused great disaster to residents of the region. There had been a man named Gun, who was responsible for solving the problem, but unfortunately after nine...
Double Ninth Festival

Double Ninth Festival

The Double Ninth Festival happens each year on the ninth day of the ninth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the name “Double Ninth Festival”. Since the number nine is believed to be a number of Yang(阳), which means “masculine” or “positive”, it is...
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