Decorate for Chinese New Year

Spring Festival—often called Chinese New Year, which it is, although it’s called Spring Festival—is without question the biggest holiday season in China. Part of the celebration of the New Year

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

What’s the Deal With Mandarin Oranges

Everywhere during the Spring Festival are bushes of bright orange fruits: supermarkets, private homes, schools, government buildings, hospitals, and every single shop. Some big ones can reach meters high, with

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

What’s the Deal with Chinese Leap Month

Ever wondered why certain Chinese traditional holidays such as Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Day, fall on a different date every year? While you may think this

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