Culture

Stories from History: Tiandan Used Oxen to Win a War

During the Warring Kingdoms period (475-221 B.C.), Yan attacked Qi and captured all of the Qi territory except two cities: Jucheng and Jimo. Tiandan was the commanding general in charge of defending Jimo. He had a very clever strategy. He said to the Yan army: “We are out of food. Please let us come out

Keepsakes in Traditional Chinese Marriage

With a long history of 5000 years, China’s rich cultural connotations and traditional cultural heritage are embodied in its architecture, literature, painting, calligraphy, arts, and customs. The traditional Chinese marriage custom also has significant meanings, often characterized by particular marriage keepsakes. Red Double Happiness The Chinese character “双 喜”,  known as double happiness (pronounced shuang

The Rescue of the Dragon Princess, Part III of III

The dragon princess, third daughter of the Dong Ting Lake Dragon King, was married to the dragon prince of the Jinghe River, a ruthless, cruel, unfeeling and obstinate dragon that mistreated the princess and exiled her from the palace. Liu Yi, a young scholar, heard the princess’s sorrowful cry and took pity on the damsel

The Rescue of the Dragon Princess, Part II of III

The dragon princess, third daughter of the Dong Ting Lake Dragon King, was married to the dragon prince of the Jinghe River, a ruthless, cruel, unfeeling and obstinate dragon who mistreated the princess and exiled her from the palace. Liu Yi, a young scholar, heard the princess’s sorrowful cry and took pity on the damsel

The Rescue of the Dragon Princess, Part I of III

Throughout the ages, Chinese legends have been passed down from generation to generation and, at times, these stories have taken on a life of their own as new events would happen and characters would appear. Yet, each of these stories taught the same principle the original legend wanted to impart. The legend of Liu Yi

Ancient Wisdom on Predicting a Pandemic

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is far more profound than just the techniques of applying herbal formulas and acupuncture that most people are familiar with. Dr. Shu Rong, a TCM expert living in Cambridge, England, recently shared her experience of treating a COVID-19 patient remotely, and how the outbreak and trend of a pandemic can be

Valentine’s Day: Lasting Love and Devotion in Ancient China

Thoughts and anticipation turn to romantic love for many people this time of year as Valentine’s Day approaches. It is a time to celebrate love and affection as we express appreciation for the special people we cherish in our lives. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the joy and meaning that love brings—not

Traditional Chinese Culture (Part 6 of Filial Obedience): Deer Milk

Tanzi was known for his filial obedience from the time he was a child. His parents grew old and blind. When he learned that deer milk might cure blindness, Tanzi borrowed a piece of clothing made of deerskin. After dressing himself to look like a deer, he went deep into the mountains and hid in

What Does Being Healthy Really Mean? 5 Differences Between Chinese and Western Medicine

Chinese medicine is on the rise as a form of alternative treatment. And although modern Western medicine cannot properly explain how it works, Chinese medical techniques such as acupuncture have been recognized as effective ways to cure certain illnesses. But Chinese medicine is more than just a branch of alternative medicine. It is a complete, extensive system

Traditional Chinese Culture (Part 1 of Filial Obedience): The Legend of Shun

Emperors Yao, Shun, and Yu lived thousands of years ago, in ancient China. They reigned in succession, and were recognized for possessing great virtue. In the legends of traditional Chinese culture, Emperor Shun’s greatest virtue was filial obedience. It is said that his unwavering filial obedience was admired by heaven. Shun’s original name was Yao

Stories of Hua Tuo, the Divine Physician

Hua Tuo was born in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He was a great physician who knew ways of preserving health. He had the looks of a young man despite his age and was regarded by the people at that time as a deity. His divine healing skills are recorded in “Records of the Three

An Important Difference Between Chinese and Western Medicine

The main difference between Chinese and Western [allopathic] medicine is that the former is rooted in traditional culture, while Western [allopathic] medicine is a branch of modern empirical science. In today’s society dominated by Western [allopathic] medicine, people tend to doubt the efficacy of Chinese medicine. Even in today’s China, Chinese medicine is often debated.

Hua Tuo, a Miraculous Healer of Ancient China

Hua Tuo, also known as Yuanhua, was from Pei Guo Jiao, today’s Haoxian, Anhui Province. He was such an outstanding medical doctor in ancient China that he was known as a “miraculous healer.” Hua Tuo did not yearn for fame or money. Instead, he was completely devoted to studying medicine. He was highly accomplished in

Why Did People Call Bian Que a “Miracle Doctor?”

According to Shi Ji (Historical Records), Bian Que was from Zhengdi, Bohai County in the Qi Kingdom. His original name was Qin Yueren. When young, he worked as a hotel manager. A traveler called Chang Sangjun was a frequent guest at Bian Que’s hotel. Bian Que considered Chang Sangjun to be a special man and therefore paid

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