Thursday the 1st of October is Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 Zhōngqiū jié) in China! To celebrate the festival, families get together and enjoy eating mooncakes (月饼 yuèbǐng) and drinking tea… and may even get to gaze at the full moon if the skies are clear enough!
But where does the tradition of mooncakes come from? And what are some of the most common flavours you can enjoy over the holidays? Read on to find out more!
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It’s been a long time coming, but Cultural Keys’ public events are BACK with a bang! This fall, join us for one of our unique kung fu workshops and experience the essence of traditional Chinese culture! With opportunities to experience both taichi and Shaolin styles, we definitely have something for anyone, no matter what kind of Chinese martial arts they are interested in!
Read on to find out more!
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If you’ve been into the underpass at Beijing’s Guomao junction (between the south-east corner under the bus station to exit C of the subway station) recently, you have probably noticed this massive mural on the wall at the western end. It’s entitled ‘The Gods go to Work’ and this explosion of colour is full of recognisable – and not so recognisable – homages to Chinese and specifically Beijing culture, both traditional and modern. But what does it all mean and why is it at Guomao?
Read on to find out!
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It’s often said that early autumn is the best time to visit Beijing and see what the city has to offer. While getting out and about everywhere may not be possible at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t start to make plans!
To that end, for the past few weeks Cultural Keys, in partnership with some of the best travel and culture companies in the business, has brought to you our Best of Beijing series. Each week, our partners introduce you to the best of what the Chinese capital has to offer, from food to flowers, from classical architecture to useful words and phrases especially for Beijing!
For our final entry in this series, it’s our turn to give you our own list, this time looking at cultural activities that you can do in the capital about the capital! Hopefully you’ll get some ideas for things you can enjoy over the remainder of the summer and into the autumn!
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“退一步 进两步” Maneuver back one step, advance forward two steps. Whereas the current situation in China might be described by some as ‘two steps forward, one step back’, there are very few who could deny the current path is a very practical, beneficial one. With its most recent lockdowns, China strategically took one-step back, so as we can all collectively move forward two steps in the very near future. Glass half full indeed!
But while we are waiting for that inevitable two-step advance, when we can all breathe a collective mask-free sigh of relief, what are your favourite Beijing culture providers up to? Read on to find out!
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