When you think Chinese New Year, what’s the first animal that comes to mind? My guess is that for many that would be a dragon. Possibly because that is an animal generally associated with China, next to the panda. Whereas I’d say the panda is a more modern symbol of China, dragons have played a part in China’s traditions for millennia.
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Some people like me might have heard that China uses a different year count and is in the year 4000-something. But none of my Chinese colleagues and friends has ever heard of this. So what year is it now?
Roujiamo is a traditional snack originating from the cuisine of Shaanxi province, which some locals claim to be the world’s oldest sandwich (or hamburger) since this bread dates back to the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC) and the meat to the Zhou dynasty (1045–256 BC).
The Ancient Tea Horse Road is an ancient trade route formed by the tea trade via horse from the tropical areas of southern Yunnan to the snow-covered plateaus of the Himalayas. It is not one road but consists of separated trails divided into the Qinghai-Tibet route, the Yunnan-Tibet route and the Sichuan-Tibet route.
One of China’s most important holidays is coming up, and it is not without reason that it is called the Golden Week National Holiday. This is the birthday of the PRC (People's Republic of China), and not any birthday, this year we are celebrating the PRC’s 70th anniversary!
This year in 2019, on Friday, September the 13th, people in China will be spending time with their family and stuffing themselves with mooncakes.
Once tin embroidery used to be a craftsmanship hidden deep between the faraway mountains, but due to the occasional encounter with domestic tourists or foreign friends, the unique Hmong minority tin embroidery from Jianhe (Qiandongnan county) became known to the world.
You’ve probably heard of tie-dye before, from hippie rainbow T-shirts to DIY workshops, nowadays you can find it everywhere. But what do you really know about tie-dyeing?
In Yunnan and the rest of China, people like to eat lots of things that seem strange to us westerners. Although a lot of them may look or sound weird, most are not as bad as you might think.
In the southwest of China lies Guizhou, a magical place with always something new to discover. Here are twelve interesting facts about Guizhou most people don't know about.