Let’s celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

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by Mike Cairnduff

This September, China will celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival 2019. Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, it’s celebrated when the moon is believed to be at its fullest. A full moon is an auspicious sign in China. The round sha...

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It’s the Year of the Dog in 2018

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by Mike Cairnduff

In 2018, over a billion people in China and around the world will celebrate Year of the Dog. What is the Year of the Dog? According to the Chinese Zodiac, each new year is represented by 1 of 12 animals. This year it’s the dog. People...

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Spending Christmas alone in China? Here are 7 ways to beat the yuletide blues

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by Mike Cairnduff

While Christmas has become mainstream in China, spending it alone can be a difficult time. You won’t be surrounded by family and friends you grew up with, and the cultural traditions of Christmas in China are different from what you’r...

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Chinese New Year kicks off with a bang (unless you’re single)

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by Mike Cairnduff

Chinese New Year, known in China as the Spring Festival, officially starts tomorrow. With festivities lasting 15 days, and a week-long break for most workers, it’s the happiest time of year for over a billion people across China. That is,...

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What is Tomb Sweeping Day?

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by Mike Cairnduff

Also referred to as the Qingming Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day is a time to pay respect to relatives and ancestors who have passed away. The day is observed as a public holiday in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. What Chinese people do on To...

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5 unique things people do at Chinese New Year

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by Mike Cairnduff

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is a much-loved time of year for Chinese people. Spending time with family and friends, eating a copious amount of delicious food and letting off firecrackers is the norm for most people.  What you do...

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What is Chinese New Year all about?

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by Mike Cairnduff

Spring Festival, commonly known as Chinese New Year, kicks off this week. So what is this festival all about? Year of the Pig According to Chinese zodiac, each new year is celebrated with 1 of 12 animals. In 2019 it’s the pig. People b...

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Do people in China celebrate Christmas?

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by Mike Cairnduff

Christmas is celebrated by billions of people around the world. But do people in China celebrate Christmas? The short answer is yes, though they celebrate it in different ways to people in the West. For most Chinese people, there is no religiou...

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