March 12th, the 19th day of the second lunar month, is celebrated by Buddhists as Guanyin’s birthday. Guanyin, an enlightened being called a Bodhisattva, is also known in Sanskrit as Avalokitesvara and in English as the Goddess of Mercy, and her statue can be found in most Buddhist temples.
Read on to find out more about her and the celebration!
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Spring is here, and it’s time to refresh your home and/or office! This is especially important if you’ve been spending a lot of time in one place recently due to coronavirus! One way to do this, after a thorough clean and opening the windows wide to let in fresh air, is to use Feng Shui.
Read on for more information about this fascinating aspect of traditional Chinese culture, and how you can use it to improve your life!
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While most educational centres in Beijing are closed, people still have a thirst for learning that needs satisfying! Join Cultural Keys online for 4 fascinating informal presentations on Chinese traditional ink painting, dragon and lion dancing, the Shaolin Temple and Chinese folk arts and crafts.
Each presentations will give an introduction to the basics of each topic and are followed by a short discussion. They are free of charge and will be held every Friday in March at 10am on WeChat, with informative slides sent into the group as the presentation progresses.
Read on to find out more about the topics and what you will learn!
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With the congestion and fast pace of life, it’s easy to forget what a green city Beijing is, blessed with some of China’s biggest and best public parks. Here, we look at three parks that are pleasant to visit even before spring begins. All of Beijing’s city parks are open throughout the coronavirus outbreak, but may be limiting entries, though at the time of writing the three listed below had no restrictions.
Please note that apart from toilets, facilities inside are closed. Also, because this is China, always check ahead before making any plans. Things can change very fast, so forewarned is forearmed!
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In 2020, the Lantern Festival (Yuánxiāo jié 元宵节) falls on February 8th, the fifteenth and final day of Spring Festival. Although it’s not a public holiday, it is still widely celebrated, especially in southern China and amongst the diaspora.
What’s this holiday all about and how can you celebrate it? Read on to find out!
Updated: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we have had to postpone our celebration workshop until a later date. This article will be updated as soon as a new date has been set.
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