Shanghai Natural History Museum

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If you’re like me and can never get enough of museums, you’ll want to check out museums no matter what kind in different countries as well. We went to the Shanghai Natural History Museum because we figured there would be animals and information displayed about China and there was however we went on a day [..Read more..]

Taikang Lu – Tianzifang

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Located in Shanghai 420 meter long Taikang Lu has since grown to be called Tianzi Fang. A winding little neighbourhood filled with artist shops, small restaurants, gift shops and a small museum in a touristic spot for both foreigners as Chinese. Having been their on one of the busier days when I was barely shuffling [..Read more..]

C-Pop

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We all know about K-pop but what is C-pop. You’d say “Easy, Chinese pop”. Which is true… but it’s so much more and the term is used as an umbrella for not only pop but all types of music genres, like R&B, ballads, rock, hip hop and ambient music. Though in the early 1990’s rock branched [..Read more..]

Valentine’s day in China

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Qi Xi Festival in China is actually referred to as Chinese Valentine’s Day. It takes place on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. The festival celebrates a nearly 2,000-year-old fairy tale originating from the Han Dynasty. This year the Qi Xi festival will be celebrated on the 17th of August.

Terracotta Army

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Located in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. This army is around 8810 pieces big. This large burial art piece was created for emperor Qin Shi Huang. His army was believed to protect him in his afterlife. Soldiers, chariots, horse and cavalry horses adorned his tomb. The build of the emperors Mausoleum started in 246 BC when the [..Read more..]

Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year, Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is a festival is celebrated for 15 days unlike the western new year. It’s an old traditional festival where it is truly about starting the year fresh and to honor deities and ancestors. This year, 2018 Chinese New Year is celebrated on February the 16th. This year [..Read more..]

Religion in China

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China is a Multi-religious country, meaning there is more than 1 or 2 religions. In China’s constitution “Freedom of Belief” and their activities are protected by a government policy. Though religions and national pride are one of this countries driving forces, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism all have never been dominant but all have developed and shaped culture [..Read more..]

Chopsticks

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Approximately 9000 years ago chopsticks (筷子 Kuàizi) were invented, bones and twigs were used during cooking, to make it easier to reach into pots of boiling oil or water. While food itself was eaten with the fingers as it was for the longest time everywhere else in the world. it wasn’t until 1800 years later that [..Read more..]

LGBT in China

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In 2001 Homosexuality was taken of China’s list of mental illness’ and in 1997 it was decriminalized. It wasn’t always viewed as a criminal offense as the tolerance for sexual diversity was practiced and written about in Chinese literature. According to studies of Pan Guangdan ( (潘光旦) he discovered that many or most of the Han Dynasty [..Read more..]

The Three Sovereigns

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The Three Sovereign and Five Emperors were the mythological rulers of China before and during the Xia Dynasty. The Three Sovereign were said to be god kings or demigods who introduced important aspects of the Chinese culture. Like fishing, agriculture, herbal medicine, writing, drinking tea and some also say they were the creators of animals [..Read more..]