ANCIENT HISTORY

How a Daoist Movement Emerged Out of Han Dynasty Chaos

As the Han empire crumbled and the Yellow Turban Rebellion sought to overthrow imperial rule, the “Way of the Five Pecks of Rice” quietly planted the roots of a durable Daoist movement

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

How Ancient Chinese Seniors Spent Their Retirement

Retirement from working wasn’t always bliss for ancient Chinese officials

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Chinese Trees and Their Meanings

Symbolism of eight common trees in Chinese culture

ANCIENT HISTORY

Three Ancient Chinese Banquets that Changed History

Ancient feasts were venues of political intrigue, murder, and even cannibalism

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

Supernatural Chinese Beings Perfect for Halloween

Halloween may be a Western import, but ancient Chinese literature is full of spooky beasts, demons, and ghosts to consider this October 31

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CHINESE CHARACTERS

On the Character: 野

The history and development of a Chinese character that is far-seeing and untamed

ANCIENT HISTORY

Bathing in Ancient Times

From soap made from ground jade to extravagant public bathhouses, learn the ingenious methods ancient Chinese used to stay clean

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient China's Most Famous Detectives

Who were the ancient Chinese equivalents of Sherlock Holmes?

ANCIENT HISTORY

Rags to Ruler

Five Chinese emperors who rose from humble beginnings

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