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How to spend Christmas in China

  • Post by Charissa
  • September 19, 2017
Christmas

Celebrating Christmas in a foreign country can be just as fun as celebrating the holidays back home. Of course, you'll still miss family and old friends, but the great part about living in a new country is all the new friends you can meet! No matter what city you're living in, most major malls or five-star hotels in China will have lots of special Christmas events and food to take part of. The entire month of December in most major cities is full of fun activities such as Christmas markets, cookie decorating parties, or Christmas balls. Sign up for your embassy's newsletter or follow the local expat magazines to keep up with everything that's going on.As Chr

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Chinese Valentine’s Day

  • Post by Charissa
  • August 11, 2016
Valentine

You may be surprised to find out that China celebrates two Valentine's days. The seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar (usually sometime in August) is a romantic holiday known as both Qi Xi Jie (seventh evening festival) and Chinese Valentine's Day.Like many Chinese holidays, there's a legend behind Chinese Valentine's Day.  They say a demoted cattle god married a fairy whose mother wanted her to return to heaven. She created The Milky Way to separate the two lovers, but every year on the seventh day of the seventh month, a flock of magpies build a bridge that allows the fairy and the cattle god to see each other once a year.The Western Valentin

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Dragon Boat Festival

  • Post by Charissa
  • June 9, 2016
Dragon Boat Festival

Happy Dragon Boat Festival aka Duan Wu Jie! Perhaps the best part of this holiday is the fact that most companies are closed Thursday and Friday so we all have a three day weekend (although they will re-open on Sunday). China has quite a few national holidays and it takes quite a while to learn the history and legends behind each one. However, if you're looking for a brief description of what to eat and do on this particular holiday, keep reading.Dragon Boat Festival takes place annually on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar new year.  If you are able to, you’ll want to fi

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What is Qingming Festival?

  • Post by Charissa
  • April 2, 2016
Qingming

China has many holidays that most Westerners have never heard about before. One of them is Qingming Festival, otherwise known as Tomb Sweeping Day. This day is an official holiday in China and occurs on either the 4th or 5th of April, depending on the lunar calendar.Qingming is a day to remember relatives that have passed on and some people do actually go and sweep their ancestor’s tombs on that day (or at least clear away the weeds). Others may leave the broom at home and just bring flowers or other tokens of their respect. Many Chinese believe their dead ancestors live in the spirit world with gods who have the ability to influence things in the physical real

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China’s Lantern Festival

  • Post by Charissa
  • February 16, 2016
Lantern Festival

The very last day of Spring Festival is a holiday all of its own, Lantern Festival. This festival marks the fifteenth day of the first month of the new lunar year and is the first day of the new lunar year that the moon is completely round. The most popular activity to do during Lantern Festival is to head over to the nearest park and purchase a lantern, marker and tea light. After you write your wishes for the new year on the outside of the paper lantern, you light the tea light and send your wishes up into heaven in hopes of them coming true.As with any proper Chinese holiday,

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Spring Festival: China’s Christmas

  • Post by Charissa
  • February 6, 2016
Spring Festival

The most important holiday in China is Spring Festival, one of two “Golden Week” holidays in China. It is similar to Christmas in the West in many ways. Families unite and bring gifts. There are certain traditions such as fireworks or making special food. For many people who work in the big city, it is the only time of year they see their parents and other family back at their hometown, which makes it one of the happiest times of year. It is also the busiest time of year.Millions of Chinese need to board trains, buses, cars and planes to travel near and far to retur

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China’s Dongzhi Festival

  • Post by Charissa
  • December 22, 2015
Dongzhi Festival

Did you know December 22 (and sometimes December 21) is a holiday in China? Well, it is! Dongzhi Festival is usually called Winter Solstice in English and celebrates the "end" of winter or more correctly, the beginning of longer daylight hours and an increase in happiness as sunlight makes everyone happier.During Winter Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere has the shortest daytime and the longest nighttime while the Southern Hemisphere has the opposite. In June of each year, China will celebrate the Summer Solstice with Duanwu Festival, which is better known as Dragon Boat Festival.During Dongzhi Festival in China, most people try to at least have one meal with family and eat some tangyuan, which are sweet ro

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11.11 – Two Holidays in One

  • Post by Charissa
  • November 11, 2015
China Holidays

What do you get when you combine the craziness of Black Friday with the online ease of Cyber Monday? China’s November 11 e-shopping holiday! After starting in 2009 with only 27 participating stores, there are now over 40,000 merchants who participate and sell millions of products. Product offerings continue to increase every year as more international products are added to the mix due to Chinese consumers becoming more interested in global products.A famous Chinese company called Alibaba created this shopping holiday for its equally as famous website portal, Read More

Seven Golden Days In October – China’s National Day Holiday

  • Post by Charissa
  • October 2, 2015
Crowds of Chinese tourists

[caption id="attachment_448" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Crowds of Chinese tourists[/caption]The October first holiday in China is a celebration of over 65 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China. China's National Day holiday spans 7 days - three official days off and two weekends - and is also known as one of two "Golden Weeks". China's other Golden Week occurs during the Chinese New Year.Golden weeks are a great time to travel and Chinese people are quite lucky as it is rare for countries to allow the entire nation to be off for such a long period of time. Of course, some stores will remain o

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The Mysterious Mid-Autumn Festival

  • Post by Charissa
  • September 28, 2015
Mid-Autumn festival mooncakes

In the West, most people have never heard of Mid-Autumn Festival, which is primarily an Asian holiday. The exact date each year of the festival changes each year, but it is always in the fall between September 8 and October 7. The festival occurs on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar and the highlight of the festival is a gorgeous full moon. As with many Chinese holidays, folklore abounds. However, you don’t have to be the Moon Goddess of Immortality to enjoy some of the best aspects of Mid-Autumn Festival.Mooncakes[caption id="attachment_439" align="alignnone" width="393"]Read More

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