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Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About Mid-Autumn Festival

What's with all those mooncakes?

by Jonty Dixon, 09 September 2022

Explainer: The Story of Qixi, AKA Chinese Valentine's Day

The Disney-worthy tale of the weaving girl and the cowherd.

by Ella Wong, 01 August 2022

Explainer: Sanfu the Hottest Days of the Year

Sanfu refers to the hottest 30-40 days of the year in accordance with the lunar calendar.

by Lars James Hamer, 14 July 2022

Explainer: The Plum Rain Season of East Asia

The East Asian rainy season, or meiyu, usually lasts from July to August. But why?

by Ned Kelly, 13 June 2022

Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About the Gaokao

China's annual high-stakes, high-pressure college entrance exam, explained.

by Cathy Wu, 06 June 2022

Explainer: How May 1 Became International Workers' Day

Why does China have a holiday for wrongly executed US terror suspects?

by Ryan Kilpatrick, 27 April 2022

Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About Lantern Festival

What China's Lantern Festival is all about.

by Catherine Lee, 14 February 2022

Explainer: Why Chinese People Give Red Envelopes

Why Chinese people give red envelopes, especially during Spring Festival.

by Catherine Lee, 30 January 2022

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