The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th of the 8th lunar month each year, which happens to be today, September 15th this year. It’s, therefore, finally time to eat yummy 月饼 mooncakes! If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter lately, you know your Chinese teachers here at Ninchanese, especially Master Yocha and Nincha, have been drooling in anticipation over the idea of eating these yummy treats on this day. Why? Because 中秋月饼 mooncakes are customarily eaten on that day to celebrate the festival!
How time flies! It’s already graduation season in China and everywhere else! Graduation is the right time to celebrate the end of the school year – or of one’s student life – with classmates and family. Let’s discover how to celebrate this event with amazing expressions in Mandarin you can use with your friends to talk about their Chinese graduation.
Check out this post to discover 10 Chinese inventions we bet you never thought were Chinese. Think England is the country that invented football? Let me prove you wrong. Nope, it’s not England but China! Surprised? Well, see the rest; they are astonishing.
The Dragon Festival is coming soon! This Thursday is going to be full of celebrations in China and across the world. But where can you go to experience the famous boat race and Dragon Boat celebrations? Let me show you the best places in China and around the world to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival!
When you think about Chinese symbols, the Chinese lantern is probably one of the first things that spring to mind. But why is the Chinese lantern so present and popular in China? Not a single Chinese festival happens without lanterns nowadays. How did that come to be? Let’s explore the history of Chinese lantern to learn why and let’s learn how to make our own!
Have you ever wondered why there was no cat in the Chinese zodiac animals? So have we! There’s a tiger, we got it, it comes from the same family as cats, but still, a tiger is no cat. So, we investigated the matter and wrote this post to explain to you everything to know about Chinese zodiac signs, and especially why there’s no cat zodiac sign!
Which Chinese dynasty invented gun powder? Which dynasty was the best? The Han, The Ming, The Sui? Each Chinese dynasty has its secrets and success. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Chinese dynasties –but never dared to ask– are in this awesome timeline.
When you think of China and its mythology, one of the first creatures that spring to mind is the Chinese dragon. This legendary creature is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known aspects of Chinese culture abroad.
For those who believe that Chinese movies are only about Kung-Fu, let me prove you how wrong you are. There’s so much more to Chinese movies than Chinese action movies and fighting. Trust me. Some of these awesome movies are full of love, hate, sorrow and heartbreaking stories that will make you burst into tears like a baby or laugh so hard you’ll tear up! Read on to discover th best 5 Chinese movies to see to stop being a complete 老外!
Did you know that pears were Chinese friendships’ number one enemy? I can feel your curiosity from where I’m standing. There is so much mystery to solve behind Chinese customs and beliefs, right? Well, have a sit and make yourself comfortable. We’re going to see together what is and isn’t appropriate for Chinese people. As the universal saying goes: 入乡随俗rù xiāng suí súDo in Rome as the Roman do. A guest must do it as his host wants. So let’s learn all about the Chinese customs and beliefs you might not have expected to watch out for and you’ll become the perfect Roman in Rome!