Introduction Dragon Boat Festival or ‘Duanwu Jie’ in Mandarin Chinese (Tuen Ng in Cantonese) has a rich history in China and its origins have long been debated. The most popular and accepted tale is that it was derived to celebrate the life of the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan, who was loyal to the state […]

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No matter where we are, whether we are riding buses, watching TV, checking our emails or going to the supermarket, we are constantly having our attention vied for by advertisements. Advertisements are often useful and informative; they can help us discover useful apps or promotional discounts, and yet now and then they are simply bizarre […]

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For those of you who have visited China, you may have heard of the approaching Tomb Sweeping Festival, which is celebrated on the fourth of April. But have you ever wondered, why is it listed as a public holiday in China? How significant is this? Furthermore, Tomb Sweeping Festival and the Cold Food Festival are […]

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What’s left of photographic archives depicting important events in Chinese history? Many voices would agree: not much. China experienced a dramatic loss of artefacts because of over a hundred years of political and social turmoil. The successive wars in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – cumulated with the decade of the Great Proletarian […]

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People in China often say “茄子(qiézi!)” [eggplant]instead of “Cheese!” to get the perfect smile in photos, but can you imagine the noise of 500 members of the Ren family all saying it in unison? This special photo of 500 of the Ren family was taken at their family reunion at Shishe village in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang. […]

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It’s the Year of the Rooster and cities all around the world are celebrating. Here are 5 of our favourite festivals at this time of year in the Chinese speaking world. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival December 2016-February 2017 There’s still time to catch this incredible festival. Thanks @hannahmeig The ice city is like nothing […]

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Meet Marine, the newest and valued member of the TCB blogging team but with a twist! She is an art historian and all about China! We hope you enjoy! :) Below is an article introducing the work of the female photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (Image credits: @Xiaoxiao xu) In early 2015, the photographer Xiaoxiao Xu (born in Wenzhou, China, [...] Read more

ISo we’re just about to wrap up another year, as we eagerly await the new year festivities. Whatever you have planned, be it fireworks over The Bund or a quiet evening shared with friends, we hope you have a brilliant time! To get you in the melancholy mood that starts every new chapter, and following […]

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China has an entire month each year in which is it believed the gates to hell are opened and the spirits that are normally trapped inside are free to roam. During this ‘Ghost Month’ there are certain traditions which are observed to ensure you stay on the right side of ghosts and spirits. This blog […]

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For a country currently ranked 78th in the FIFA World Rankings, shadowed by the likes of Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau, China’s ambition to become a world footballing superpower by 2050 is viewed by most as nothing short of a pipe dream. However, stood on the Bund in late 20th century China, people would have called […]

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