Trip Review for China

Chinese Dining Etiquette

Dining is one of the most important social gatherings in Chinese culture. The Chinese are great lovers of food and their social occasions involve enjoyment of food. Different occasions are celebrated with different foods. Meals are considered an important part of the Chinese culture. It is important to educate ourselves … Continue Reading →


Poaching is a special cooking method similar to American style poached eggs, which means to cook in liquid just below the boiling point. In addition to eggs, a whole chicken can also be prepared through poaching. Poaching is especially good for cooking delicate fish or boned fowl in a clear … Continue Reading →

Oracle Bone Inscriptions

It is difficult to ascertain exactly how old Chinese characters are. The geometric designs on the 5,000-7,000- year-old pottery of the Yangshao culture discovered at Yangshao Village in the 1920s may be the embryo of Chinese characters. The following 2,000-3,000 years is a blank period for the development of Chinese … Continue Reading →

Unique Chinese Characters

Chinese characters, in general, are composed of a dozen basic strokes, which have similar functions to the letters of the Western languages. But they do not combine sounds into syllables. There are eight basic strokes: dot, horizontal stroke, turning stroke, vertical stroke, hook stroke, rightupward stroke, left-downward stroke and rightdownward … Continue Reading →

Four Treasures of the Study

Four Treasures of the Study (or Four Friends of the Study) refers to brush, ink, paper and ink stone used in Chinese and other East Asian calligraphic traditions. The “four treasures of the study” plays a key role in the development of the calligraphic art. Four Treasures of the Study … Continue Reading →