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How Chinese People Celebrate Chinese New Year

February 17th, 2015 | By Charlotte Edwards-Zhang
What do Chinese people do to celebrate Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday in China? See some of the most common activities households in China do on this important time of year.

5 Essential Chinese New Year Dishes

February 10th, 2015 | By Diana Xin
Chinese New Year dinners can be extravagant with hundreds of different kinds of dishes. But there are 5 dishes that nearly always make an appearance in every Chinese household.

How Chinese People Actually Say "No"

February 2nd, 2015 | By Julie Tha Gyaw
When Chinese people say no, it's rarely an outright "no". Learn how rejection or refusal is done in a culture that values subtlety and indirectness.

What Does "Western Food" Mean in China?

January 27th, 2015 | By Matt Thomas
In the same way we generalize Chinese food in the West, Chinese people have a pretty weird understanding of what "Western food" means.

Chinese Dining Etiquette Survival Guide

January 13th, 2015 | By Diana Xin
Navigating a formal, Chinese meal like a banquet or a business dinner can be tricky. Here's what to expect.

Why is Basketball so Popular in China?

January 5th, 2015 | By Michael Hurwitz
After ping-pong, basketball is one of the most watched and most played sports in China. Why the enthusiasm? What is it about basketball that appeals to Chinese people?

Uh, Chinese... Um... Filler Words

December 8th, 2014 | By Julie Tha Gyaw
In English, you hear people use "um" and "uh" all the time. But what are the Chinese versions of these fillers words?

6 Lesser Known Places in Shanghai Worth Visiting

December 2nd, 2014 | By Furio Fu
Chances are, you've heard about The Bund, Nanjing Rd., and other famous places in Shanghai. But no traveler should leave Shanghai without visiting some of these lesser known places.

What You Should Know About Gift Giving in China

November 18th, 2014 | By Charlotte Edwards-Zhang

What are appropriate gifts to give to Chinese people and why? Find out here and see what important things you should also consider when you give gifts to Chinese people.

Authentic Chinese Recipe: Egg Drop Soup

November 10th, 2014 | By Diana Xin
Almost every Chinese person knows the egg drop soup, or "dàn huā tāng (蛋花汤)". It's a simple soup that's easy to make but oh-so-delicious! Read on for the recipe.