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Chinese Traditions & Customs

Chinese traditions explore into ethnic minority folk customs, traditional festivals, music, visual arts such as Beijing Opera, tea ceremony, Tai Chi, caligraphy & painting, folk entertainment, courtyards, festivals, wisdom and more...

Festivals in China

Major traditional holidays, food, music, film, tourist festivals and more celebrations in china is a great insight to essence Chinese culture and history. Most of them were originally created and celebrate for the seasons, harvests and ancestor worships and based on traditional Chinese lunar calendar.

Chinese Spring Festival

The Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, popularly called 'Guo Nian' in Chinese and means passing year in English, is the most widely celebrated festival throughout the year in China. Chinese Spring Festival 2014 dates Friday, January 31 based on Chinese traditional lunar calendar.

Tomb Sweeping Day

Get to know all the customs, tradtions, origins and lengends of the Chinese traditional Qingming Festival, or Tomb-sweeping Day, Pure Brightness Festival or Clear Bright Festival, Ancestor Worship Day that often falls on either April 4th or 5th of the solar calendar.

Dragon Boat Festival

The annual Chinese Duanwu Festival, or Dragon Boat Festival, the Double Fifth, is a traditional and statutory holiday celebrated by rice dumplings zongzi making and eating, dragon boat race and realgar wine xionghuangjiu drinking... in memory of Qu Yuan, patriotic poet and statesman of the Chu kingdom during the Warring States period in China.

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Chinese Moon Festival, Moon Cake day falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, is the second grandest festival celebrated for harvest and family reunion after the Spring Festival in China.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, a significant fete day after Spring Festival. During the Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns, as well as view ice lantern show in Harbin.

Chinese Ethnic Minority Groups

A brief introduction on Chinese ethnic minorities in China. The list makes a clear description on the 55 ethnic minority groups from the aspects of distribution, eating habits, Culture, Food, Clothes, costumes and more.

Eating Habits & Customs in China

Dining tips and traditions in China tell that one thing to be aware of is that when eating with a Chinese host, you may find that the person is using their chopsticks to put food in your bowl or plate. This is a sign of politeness.

Greeting Chinese People in China

Chinese greeting customs, courtesies and tradition tell how to say Hello, common, basic, new year, business, verbal, proper traditional greetings, courtesy handshaking to/with CHinese people while you are traveling China.

Dining Customs & Etiquette in China

The main difference between Chinese and Westerner eating habits, dining customs, etiquette, table manners can be seen from that in western countries everyone has their own plate of food, in China the dishes are placed on the table and everybody uses chopsticks to share.

Chinese Kowtow

Kowtow describes the act of kneeling and touching one's head to the ground to show respect, make a bow, join hands together in salute and more used to be a custom in Chinese culture.