Chinese Classic Culture


What to do on each day of Chinese New Year

What to do on each day of Chinese New Year

According to traditional customs, there are specific foods, rituals and visits to do on each day of the Chinese New Year.

Diagnosing Disease by Visual Inspection in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Diagnosing Disease by Visual Inspection in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese doctors who practiced traditional Chinese medicine had once mastered the method of health diagnosis by visual inspection; some still have the knowledge.

Meet the Chinese Dragon

Meet the Chinese Dragon

Did you know that the Chinese dragon has purple whiskers that are 3-feet long? Did you know the saliva of Chinese dragons is said to be purple and “the most fragrant of perfumes”?

Traditional Chinese Music

Traditional Chinese Music

Traditional Chinese Music, Guzheng Performance: “Joy and Peace”

Tea Art Improves One’s Character

Tea Art Improves One’s Character

Ancient Chinese ceremony changes people’s lives – With enrolments in etiquette schools booming around the world, an alternative method for teaching etiquette…

Home Decoration Colours Can Bring Good Luck

Home Decoration Colours Can Bring Good Luck

Traditionally, red represents festivity, passion, bravery and boldness. In geomancy, the East is also a symbol of a young and adventurous spirit; therefore, red furniture and decorations are placed on the East side of a room, such as mahogany hanging ornaments and red carpet. This can motivate the family and bring good luck in their work and studies

Chinese New Year’s Eve

Chinese New Year’s Eve

Chinese New Year’s Eve is the last day of the lunar calendar when the Chinese get ready to welcome the first day of the new lunar year. Following is a brief history of how the Chinese prepare for the coming year.

The Meaning of the Chinese Zodiac

The Meaning of the Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animals – the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each animal is paired with an animal that has the opposite characteristic and together they reflect the teachings of the ancient Chinese.

‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’

‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’

During summer vacation, I once again carefully read Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I was captivated by the vivid characters in the book. I also gained a different understanding: everything that happens on Earth is designed by divine power.

An Ancient Tale of How Actions Control Fate

An Ancient Tale of How Actions Control Fate

During the Qing Dynasty, there were twin brothers who lived in Yuzhang. They not only looked the same, but they acted the same as well, so much so even their parents couldn’t tell them apart. At school, even their handwriting was the same. At the age of 20, they became students of a court academy.

An Herbal Treatment for Backache

An Herbal Treatment for Backache

Eucommia bark (Du Zhong) is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat back and leg pain. It is also one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in Chinese herbology.

Understanding Karma

Understanding Karma

In the Qing Dynasty, Zhao Defang, the father of three sons, enjoyed a very prosperous life. He felt especially fortunate that all his sons were married.

One Good Turn Deserves Another

One Good Turn Deserves Another

At the end of the Ming Dynasty, there was a war led by Li Zicheng. During the war, a wealthy man from Shanxi called Mr Yuan was forced to bring his only son to find refuge.

A Beggar with a Pearl

A Beggar with a Pearl

An unenlightened life of toil – Once upon a time, a poor man went to visit his relative and was warmly welcomed with a feast.

The Emperor’s Corn Porridge

The Emperor’s Corn Porridge

During the Qing Dynasty, Emperor Kangxi went to Changshanyu of Luanping (located in Hebei today) with his servant.

Great Virtues Bring Him A Brighter Future

Great Virtues Bring Him A Brighter Future

At the end of the Yuan Dynasty, Wenliang Yu, a good friend of the great military counsellor Bowen Liu, had been known as a virtuous and talented person since he was young.

Chinese Dynasties and the ‘Mandate of Heaven’

Chinese Dynasties and the ‘Mandate of Heaven’

This belief, known as the “Mandate of Heaven” (天命, pronounced tiān mìng), is rooted deeply in Chinese culture and has had a fundamental and enduring influence on Chinese history.

Dazzling Display of Han Couture

Dazzling Display of Han Couture

Throughout five thousand years of human civilization, clothing has served a simple need and a complex one………..

Simplified Characters Destroying Chinese Language

Simplified Characters Destroying Chinese Language

In the past, the “axe” (戈) represented the country’s defensive capability; the “mouth” (口) represented population; and the “one” (一) represented the earth…

Where Water Flows, a Channel Will Form – Origin of the idiom 水到渠成

Where Water Flows, a Channel Will Form – Origin of the idiom 水到渠成

“Where water flows, a channel will form” (shuǐ dào qú chéng) is a Chinese idiom that says that success will naturally come when the necessary conditions are fulfilled; there is no need for strong pursuit.

Searching for an Excellent Horse According to Drawings

Searching for an Excellent Horse According to Drawings

“Seeking an excellent horse according to drawings” is a Chinese idiom that means “using a hackneyed method” or “lacking originality, initiative, or imagination in handling affairs.”

Taiwan’s National Palace Museum – 1

Taiwan’s National Palace Museum – 1

The entire collection of Taiwan’s National Palace Museum contains over 650,000 objects of art and serves as a sanctuary for precious masterpieces and the treasure house of human civilization.

Culinary Competition, Falun Dafa Art and Ancient Buddha Statues

Culinary Competition, Falun Dafa Art and Ancient Buddha Statues

This week we take a peek at what is to come at NTD’s Culinary Competition………..

Curios – Filigree Cloisonné Box with Lotus Motif

Curios – Filigree Cloisonné Box with Lotus Motif

This lotus cloisonné box is composed of filigree work on a copper body. The flat lid is decorated with lotus blossoms and pods.

Inventions from Ancient China ~ Paper Making Technique

Inventions from Ancient China ~ Paper Making Technique

History has made China a place where great inventions were created. Most commonly referred to are the four great inventions which include paper, printing, gunpowder, and the marine compass.



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