ANCIENT HISTORY

How Did Ancient Chinese Mourn the Deceased?

On Qingming Festival, here’s a look at some ancient Chinese mourning rituals, from costume and diet, to mourning periods and wedding bans

ANCIENT HISTORY

Nailed It: Why Long Fingernails Were All the Rage in Ancient China

The symbolism of long nails and nail guards, from Confucius to Empress Cixi

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Celebrating Confucius’s 2,725th Birthday

A ceremony at Beijing’s 14th century Confucius temple celebrates a sage's birth based on 2,000-year-old traditions

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Things Confucius Never Said

Mistaken and misrepresented quotes from China’s most famous philosopher

IDIOMS

Choice Chengyu: Teaching Idioms

Chengyu used to honor teachers during the Teachers’ Day.

HISTORY

Hidden History

From the dark side of sage kings to the real age of paper, these archeological troves offered a different perspective on ancient China

Free Online Courses Bring Confucius to Life

Take a virtual tour of historic Shandong with these apps and online programs

TRAVEL

TWOC Goes East

Reasons to get “Rivers Deep, Mountain High,” TWOC’s more-than-a-guide to Shandong

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