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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Xi'an

2014-01-10 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(1453)

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China. From end of the last month to beginning of the first month by lunar calendar, people all over China celebrate the festival in many ways. Activities to celebrate New Year in Xi’an, one of the ancient capitals in China, are especially full of local flavor and characteristics.

Spring Festival Customs of Guilin and Happy Lantern Festival!

2013-02-21 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(910)

Dear friends, Happy Spring Festival to you all! The first day of Chinese lunar New Year, which happens to fall on February 10th in solar calendar this year, is the grandest day for Chinese people. And different people in different parts of China have distinct ways to celebrate this traditional festival. As for locals of Guilin city, they often leave their home for the parks and streets full of jubilant delight.

Happy Chinese New Year 2013!

2013-02-08 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(820)

Spring Festival, or new year in Chinese lunar calendar, enjoying a history of more than four thousand years, can date back to 104 B.C., when the first day of the first month in lunar calendar was set as "nian" (which means the beginning of the year), thus the dates of "xin nian" (which means new year in Chinese lunar calendar) were fixed. It is the grandest festival all over China. To a great extent, therefore, what Christmas to Westerners is what Spring Festival to Chinese. Usually, Spring Festival often refers to the lunar new year’s eve and the first day of the lunar year; however in the traditional sense, people usually celebrate Spring Festival from the eighth day or the twenty-third or the twenty-forth day of the twelfth lunar month according to traditions of different regions until the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, with the highlights falling on the lunar new year’s eve and the first day of the lunar year.

Reconstruction of Water Conservancy

2013-01-10 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(676)

 

If you travel the suburb and counties of Guilin, you may see there are many reservoirs around, big and small. They remained there quietly. Some of them people still use it, others are abandoned. Because farmers are not growing many rice as they used to be.

 

A Tough Woman I Know

2012-11-27 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(808)

People call her Xiangtama, it means Xiang’s mother. Xiang is her second son. Xiangtama is from the same village where I started as a Zhiqing (Educated Youth) during the time of Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). She is about 5 or 6 years younger than me. She was just a little girl when I was there. Her parents have only two daughters, she and her young sister.

The Double Ninth Festival Falls on 23rd, October

2012-10-23 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(773)

The ninth day of the ninth lunar month is known as the Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. As the traditional festival in China, Chongyang Festival dates back to the Warring States (176-453B.C), and it was in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) that the day was set officially as a folk festival. In June, 2012, Chongyang Festival has been stipulated as Seniors’ Day, according to the Draft of Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Seniors’ Rights and Interests.

When 3 plus 7 equals 8? – When 2012 China's Mid-autumn Festival meets the National Day!

2012-09-29 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(913)

If you ask a Chinese student when 3 plus 7 will equal 8, he will most likely give you a funny answer with a sort of helpless expression: when the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival meets the National Day Golden Week. If you are interested, let me explain to you. 
 

One bygone of my ZhiQing life in the countryside- My room-mate in the People’s Commune: Part II

2012-09-25 | Cultures | Comments(0) |   Views:(873)

 
Normally we could enjoy a little bit of leisure after harvesting of the second crop of rice. But the winter of 1973 was busy, especially in our ZhiQing spot. Because a big group of high school graduates were sent to our commune. That day, we were happy to welcome ten more new ZhiQing to our spot. Yes life was boring here. We always hoped something new would happen to us. The old house seemed too small for us. So the Commune decided to build another one- a new ZhiQing spot to us. Of course, the commune had no money for that, everything was paid by the central government. For this campaign was considered as a very important part of the Culture Revolution, a strategy of anti-capitalism.