Explainer: How Every Chinese Province Got its Name

The stories behind the names of all of China's provinces and autonomous regions.

by Ryan Kilpatrick, 11 November 2014

May 20 is Yet Another Chinese Valentine's Day, Here's Why

Are you wondering why your social media feeds are filled with references to the magic number '520?' Prepare yourself for yet another lovers' day...

by Emma Li, 20 May 2020

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 2019

Explainer: Why Chinese People Give Red Envelopes

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

by Catherine Lee, 20 January 2020

Explainer: Chinese Split Pants (NSFW: Baby Butts)

The ancient Chinese tradition of open-crotch pants.

by Erik Crouch, 26 June 2015

Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About Qingming

Have no idea what Tomb-Sweeping Day is all about? We're here to explain.

by Cathy Wu, 03 April 2020

Explainer: Why Winter is the Most Polluted Time of Year in China

'Tis the season for pollution and facemasks.

by Jonty Dixon, 19 January 2018

Explainer: Why China Celebrates Christmas with Apples

Ever wonder why you've been receiving apples from Chinese friends and co-workers for Christmas?

by Bridget O'Donnell, 24 December 2019

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