ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient Poems About Laborers’ Plight

On International Workers’ Day, we take a look at how ancient poets wrote about labor and the working classes

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Birds and Their Meanings in China

Magpies for happiness, cuckoos for sorrow, and cranes for longevity—learn the symbolism of birds in China

ARTS

Anti-War Poetry in Ancient China

Four ancient Chinese poets on human suffering amid turbulence and war

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Chinese Trees and Their Meanings

Symbolism of eight common trees in Chinese culture

ARTS

How Ancient Chinese Poets Celebrated the Lantern Festival

Five ancient poems that celebrate the first full moon of a new Lunar New Year

ARTS

How the Lunar New Year Was Celebrated in Ancient Chinese Poetry

How seven ancient poets wrote about celebrating the Lunar New Year

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Emblematic Blossoms

The stories behind major city flowers in China

HISTORICAL FIGURES

The Best of Su Dongpo

Ten classic lines from the prolific Song poet, who was born 982 years ago today

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Brothers in Arms (Part Two)

Not all brothers are either harmonious or at each other like hammer and tongs—take these ancient tales, for example

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Brothers in Arms (Part One)

Stories of fraternal bonding in ancient China

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