春联Chūnlián: Spring Couplets

The messages on red paper that appear around doors everywhere before the Spring Festival are among the most visible of Chinese New Year decorations. These are a holiday version of

The Qinlin Legend: Dancing a Town to the World Stage

Zheng He (1371-1433), the great navigator from Ming Dynasty fame, set out on his expeditionary voyage throughout Asia and Africa partly intending to re-establish China’s might and solicit tribute after

Zodiac To-Do List

According to the Chinese Zodiac all of our actions are a response to animal energies. As the old adage says, “you are your decisions.” To take another perspective on what

Life during Chinese New Year

Watching kids play with firecrackers and wondering, “where are all the fingerless 9-year-olds.” If Christmas songs were annoying, the continuous looping of drum and gong at retail outlets accompanied by

Don’t Rock the Horse: Living in the Element of Wood

Horse people would have gotten good news if they read our Chinese Feng shui horoscope last year. The sought after Hong Kong fortune teller of fame and fortune, Mai Lingling,

Where Snooker Rules: Playing A Gentleman’s Sport

The cold stare emanating from Fan Zhengyi, and the poise that it represents, is beyond his years. It is a product of Li Jianbin’s Snooker school and it’s part of

A Portrait of The Artist As A Businessman: Dongguan’s Booming Blend of Talent and Enterprise

Dongguan is a city that is known more for business than art. However, in recent years some artists have been able to successfully combine the two. HERE! spoke with some

Know Better, Sing Better: Dongguan KTV Review

Karaoke certainly plays a crucial part in the leisure and social life of the Chinese, although it might not be the first choice in entertainment for many foreigners, especially singing

Our Family Traditions: A Multinational Journey on Christmas Eve

Every year more people from all over the world come to live in Dongguan and with them they bring their own unique culture and fascinating traditions. For many, Christmas is

The HERE! 100: Dongguan’s Most Essential Facts & Hearsay

Gabriel Barbee, Nancy Bee, Ziv Glikman, Nick Jacobs, Sooryakala Jeyasooria, Tracy Lu, Edward O’Neill, Hina Patel, Robin Pier & Stephen O. Roberts review the superlatives that make our adopted home