Do you hear that? The ringing of wedding bells in China. The sound of $80 billion being dropped on this booming industry. Cha-ching! So how much does the average Chinese wedding cost in China? What are some of the wedding traditions and customs that are a ‘must know’? With an average of 10 million couples [...]
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So The Dragon Boat Festival. It’s just a day where you have bunch of boats that look like dragons and you race them, right? Wrong! There’s actually so much more history and tradition behind this holiday, especially now that was officially recognized as a public holiday in 2008. In case you’re not totally up to speed on [...]
This year’s Qingming Festival (清明节 － qīng míng jié) falls on April 4th, 2013. For those of you unfamiliar with the 2,500 plus years of tradition behind this holiday, it’s all about tomb sweeping, spring outings and kite flying. Check out this video & you’ll learn more. What distinguishes this festival from the others is [...]
Oh that time where no matter where you go, you see red hearts, chocolate and flowers! Well, whether it makes you smile and excited or ready to curl into bed with some ice cream, you can’t be caught without these must know phrases for Valentine’s Day. Check it out! 8. 丘比特 (qiū bǐ tè): [...]
Have you realized how many phrases have “heart” in them? Know something by heart, wear you heart on your sleeve, get to the heart of the matter .. just to name a few. Though in these expressions “heart” isn’t meant literally (as in the organ), it’s quite interesting how it can be used in so [...]
2013 is the year of the Snake (蛇 – shé)! Contrary to western belief, the snake in Chinese culture doesn’t represent trickery, deceit or evil. Instead, astrologically speaking, the snake is the yin to the dragon’s yang, the PB to the dragon’s J. The snake represents elegance, grace, wisdom and beauty. It is a lucky sign that carries good fortune [...]
The year of the snake will be slithering our way as the year of the dragon comes to an end! There are all these customs: wearing red, eating dumplings and giving and receiving red envelopes. Why wear red? Well, it brings good luck and wards off evil. That’s why the envelopes, decorations and signature color of Chinese [...]
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