Archive for the Culture Category

Chinese Valentine’s Day

Aug 16th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Today is Qixi Festival (七夕节 qī xī jié), which is also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day (中国情人节). It is the eastern version of the western Valentine’s Day. The festival falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Chinese calendar – when the love story of a young cowherd and a beautiful fairy begins. You can find out more about the romance here I guess there is no need to explain what people do on this particular day :) Hope those in love get to celebrate this special day in a romantic and lovely way!

How to Choose a Perfect Day…the Chinese Way?

Jul 15th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

A few friends of mine are having their weddings this month and later this year. When it comes to a super important event like this, people all want it to go perfectly on a perfect day. The Chinese way? We refer to the Chinese calendar and pick out an auspicious date.

What’s so special about Chinese calendar? What does a typical Chinese calendar look like? Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Father’s Day 父亲节快乐

Jun 20th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day today! Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June in 55 countries, including the United States, China, and Hong Kong, and on other days elsewhere, such as Taiwan. In Taiwan, Father’s Day is celebrated on August 8th, the 8th day of the 8th month of the year, simply because the pronunciation of the date (“八八” bābā) sounds relatively similar to the pronunciation of Father (“爸爸” bàba) in Mandarin Chinese. Therefore, in Taiwan, Father’s Day “父亲节” is often called “爸爸节” (Bābā Day).

A song for all fathers everywhere:
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Duanwu Festival 端午节 (duānwǔjié)

Jun 16th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Today is the Duanwu Festival, which falls on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, and therefore, it is also called Double Fifth. On this holiday, people prepare and eat rice dumplings 粽子 (zòngzi), drink realgar wine 雄黄酒 (xiónghuángjiǔ), and race dragon boats 划龙舟 (huálóngzhōu). Although there are other traditional activities including all kinds of games, dragon boat racing contests are the most common and signature activity, the festival therefore is also called the Dragon Boat Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Graduation Season 毕业季节 bìyèjìjié

Jun 15th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Hmm, it’s that time of year again – the graduation season. Congrats to all graduates! I still remember how we used to have post graduation parties that were dedicated to our teachers for all the love, support and guidance they had given and to our schoolmates for the friendship, laughter and memories we had all created together. There’s this song that we had sung at many of these parties. The song is all about friendship as friendship does play a very important part in our school life. Although it is an old song, the lyrics still touch the heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Markets in Taiwan

May 26th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

One of the most popular attractions in Taiwan is the night markets. These street markets are one of the most distinctive features of life in Taiwan, and they have been one of the island’s best traditions. A night market may occupy sidewalks, streets, or alleys, and it is consisted of many street vendors and stalls that sell all kinds of foods, specialty drinks, clothes, shoes, accessories, appliances, entertainment products, etc. throughout the night. There are also traditional carnival-style games such as balloon shooting, net fish, shooting marbles, and an assortment of mini games that attract both kids and adults. Read the rest of this entry »

World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is ON!

May 21st, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

It’s been 22 days since the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai (上海世博会 Shàng​hǎi​ shì​bó​huì​). People are flooding into the city as it is “A Grand Gathering of the World Cultures”. Check out more info on the official website.

World Expo 2010 Shanghai China

Duration: May 1 to Oct 31, 2010
Theme: Better City, Better Life
Sub-themes: Blending of diverse cultures in the city, Economic prosperity in the city, Innovation of science and technology in the city, Remodeling of communities in the city, Rural-urban Interaction
Goal: To attract the participation of 200 countries and international organizations and 70 million visitors

Mother’s Day 母亲节 (mǔ​qīn​jié​)

May 11th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Mother’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world on various days. Like the US, China and Taiwan celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. It is the day to show love and appreciation for mothers, and carnations are often worn on the day as its scientific name translates to “flower of love” or “flower of the gods”. A red carnation may be worn if one’s mother is alive, and a white one if she has died. Read the rest of this entry »

Pop Star in Asia

May 1st, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

It’s always exciting to see an Asian pop star on an American channel. There are many talented and amazing artists in Asia, and seeing them receive attention from the western world somehow makes me feel proud, haha! I found this video a while ago – the show Talk Asia on It’s an interview with the popstar and actor Leehom Wang, who made his big break in Taiwan back in 1995. In the video he shows his talent in both classic and pop music. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring in My Mind…

Apr 18th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Spring is my favorite season throughout the year when I was in Beijing. In my childhood memory, spring in Beijing means a brand new beginning of the year. After a long long winter, everywhere seems to regain its spirit. I remember when I was a kid, I used to insist on wearing a pink dress with flower patterns on it, and kept on spinning around from the same spot. Read the rest of this entry »