As of the start of the Lixia solar term on May 5th , summer has officially started in China! Now we’re moving into June, there are several notable summer days to pay attention to. The best-known festival this month is the Dragon Boat Festival on the 25th, but what else does June have in store for us?
Read on to find out!
Continue reading “Noteworthy Dates in the Chinese Calendar: June 2020 Edition”
How wonderful is it when you stumble upon old photos of your grandparents or your hometown, and you can recognise details in them to connect them to your experiences and memories? The same thing happened in 1991 when Abbot Shi Yongxin of the Shaolin Temple paid a visit to Dharma Temple in Japan and discovered photos of the temple and the surrounding area taken in 1920!
Read on to see some of those pictures and see how the locations photographed look almost a century later!
Continue reading “The Shaolin Temple 100 years later: Photo comparison”
It’s often said that spring is the best time to visit Beijing and see what the city has to offer. While getting out and about isn’t exactly 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!
Now in week 4, it’s our great pleasure to welcome the Beijing Cooking School and Chef Chao who shares with us his top picks for Beijing’s best food and snacks. Enjoy!
Continue reading “Best of Beijing: Beijing’s Best Snacks and Dishes!”
See that date? It’s May 1st! Even if you’ve been self-isolating for the past 90 days in a cave, you still know that with the start of May, summer (un)officially begins! But with Beijing (as with the rest of China) slowly waking from its pandemic-induced slumber, it can be a bit difficult to know what is on offer to you to learn, explore, taste and engage with in terms of culture.
To address that, Cultural Keys has asked some of the city’s best activity providers what they have in store for everyone. Read on to find out the best ways to culturally immerse yourself this month!
Continue reading “Events and Offers in May from Beijing’s Best Culture Companies!”
May is a joyful time as warm weather hits the capital and we get a 5-day holiday for Labour Day, which also encompasses Youth Day and the seventh solar term. There isn’t much going on in terms of festivals and celebrations this month, but it’s not completely empty!
Read on to find out more about these special days!
Continue reading “Chinese Celebrations to know about this May”