At Spring Festival there are many ways to decorate, but one of the most common is to paste the character ‘fu’, 福, on doors and windows. There is evidence that this custom dates back to the Song dynasty (AD 960 – 1279).
福 is pronounced fú and means ‘blessings’. It is traditionally handwritten in black or gold ink by itself on square red paper, with the corners pointing in the directions of the compass, and it is hung up facing outwards to keep bad luck away and bring good luck to the home. It is often hung with other decorations, such as couplets and red lanterns.
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Getting ready to leave for the holidays? Don’t forget to take some special gifts back home with you! Read on to find out the best places in Beijing to buy unique gifts with a special Chinese twist!
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We have have lots of amazing cultural events on this summer! From our popular monthly calligraphy workshop, to a walk & talk at the Guozijian Hutongs, there’s definitely something for everyone!
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As anyone who steps outside knows, summer is most definitely here! Whether you are staying here, heading home or taking a welcome vacation in cooler climates, you’ll definitely need to be ready. Luckily, the CK Culture Boutique has you covered for several essentials!
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