The magic of Chinese characters

The magic of Chinese characters The written word, the Chinese characters, have had from their very origin, a magical meaning for the Chinese. There is no doubt that for them a character is not only a symbol of the concept it claims to represent but the object itself....

Chinese idioms

Chinese idioms One of the most difficult aspects of Chinese is to learn is the so-called idioms or chengyu (成语). In general, they refer to short sentences composed of four characters that allude to some historical fact or literary anecdote from ancient times. Its...

The character chai 拆- dismantle

The character chai 拆- dismantle One of the most frequent characters in the urban scenery of the China of the development and the transformation is chai 拆- dismantle.  Any walk through the old neighborhoods of most Chinese cities continually led to being confronted...

The Peach, fruit of immortality

The Peach, fruit of immortality In my "Manual of Writing Chinese Characters" (1) I hold an opinion contrary to that of most scholars of Chinese characters, and that is that the formation of the so-called picto-phonetic characters responds not only to the composition...

Discovering the tiger and the shaman in Chinese characters.

Discovering the tiger and the shaman in Chinese characters. In Chinese skin is pifu (皮肤). In the character pi 皮, which means skin, one can still discover a hand flaying a skin. The character fu 肤, however, is a simplified character, showing us the radical of the...

Travels

Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road
Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road

Jiayuguan Pass - the Great Wall on the Silk Road Jiayuguan Pass or Jiayu Pass, as guan means pass in Chinese is one of the most remarkable monuments on the Silk Road and one of its most popular sights. Built at the end of the Great Wall, showing the desolation of the...

Myths & tales

Two stories of Liu Ba, the Bai trickster
Two stories of Liu Ba, the Bai trickster

Two stories of Liu Ba, the Bai trickster The Bai are one of the minorities who have had the longest contact with the Chinese.They are also one of the minorities that has received more cultural influences.  This has been due to the accessibility of the land they...

Ethnic groups

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet
Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet. MiIarepa is one of the most beloved religious leaders of Tibet. His story, full of unique facts, has been told again and again over the centuries, and if the publishers did not warn that this is the autobiography written by the holy...

Books

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet
Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet

Life of Milarepa, the hermit poet. MiIarepa is one of the most beloved religious leaders of Tibet. His story, full of unique facts, has been told again and again over the centuries, and if the publishers did not warn that this is the autobiography written by the holy...

Chinese culture

Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road
Jiayuguan Pass – the Great Wall on the Silk Road

Jiayuguan Pass - the Great Wall on the Silk Road Jiayuguan Pass or Jiayu Pass, as guan means pass in Chinese is one of the most remarkable monuments on the Silk Road and one of its most popular sights. Built at the end of the Great Wall, showing the desolation of the...

Chinese characters

The magic of Chinese characters
The magic of Chinese characters

The magic of Chinese characters The written word, the Chinese characters, have had from their very origin, a magical meaning for the Chinese. There is no doubt that for them a character is not only a symbol of the concept it claims to represent but the object itself....

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INDEX OF ETHNIC GROUPS PAGES

 

GeneralAchang BaiBaima – BaoanBulangBuyangBuyiChashanDaiDaur – DeangDengDong – DongxiangDulong – Ersu – EwenkiGejia – GelaoHaniHezheJingpoJinoKucongLahuLhobaLiLisuManchuMaonanMiaoMongolsMosoMulaoNamziNaxiNuOroqenPumiQiangSaniSheShuiTaluTibetanTuTujiaUygurWaXibeYaoYiYugurZhuang

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