Valentine’s day! Ways to say “I love you” in Chinese

Valentine's day in China falls under the ‘shopping holiday’ category, right alongside 11.11 (singles day), it’s a commercial holiday that young couples like to celebrate. The reason for it not being widely celebrated is that ‘western’ valentine’s day normally falls very close to Spring Festival, so most families will be celebrating that instead. For example, this …

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Yummy Spring Festival food that we can’t get enough off

As the most important holiday in China a lot of attention is played to what food is provided during Spring festival, with special dates during the holiday having their own specific food. So we are going to run through the top three Spring Festival dishes. Dumplings (饺子, jiǎo zǐ) Normally, as a family, you can …

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What the year of the dog means for China

The Chinese zodiac is an important part of Chinese culture, one that still plays a leading role in people’s daily life. Even today, millions of people in China believe these predictions and use them to make important decisions. Even if you don’t believe in Zodiac predictions, reading about them and their implications are fascinating. The …

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It’s all in a name – Part one

In China there is a saying “不怕生错命, 就怕起错名” (bu4 pa4 sheng1 cuo4 ming4, jiu4 pa4 qi3 cuo4 ming2), ‘don’t worry about being born with the wrong destiny, but being given the wrong name’. This emphasizes the belief in China that your name will determine your fortune. So, children are named with qualities their parents hope they …

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