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Spring Festive Customs—Pasting Spring Festival Couplets

Spring Festive couplet is also called gate couplet, spring paste, pair and peach wood charm. Spring Festive couplet is a special Chinese literary genre, depicting the times and expressing good wishes in simple and neat words with antithetical parallelism. During the Spring Festival, either urban or rural households will paste a red Spring Festive couplet on the door to celebrate the festival. This custom originated from the Song Dynasty and became

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About the Spring Festival
Chinese musicians and dancers perform a lion dance under red lantern decorations during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth in Beijing February 2, 2011.  Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is China's biggest holiday, giving migrant workers their only chance of returning to their home provinces with gifts and money for the family.  It represents the world's biggest annual mass migration of humans.      UPI/Stephen Shaver

With more than 4,000 years history, the Spring Festival is the most important festival among four traditional Chinese festivals. It is the most grand and busiest festival in China. The Spring Festival, also called Yuanri in ancient times, is the lunar New Year, popularly known as Guo Da Nian (passing a year). Spring Festival generally refers to New Year Eve and the First Day of New Year. However, the traditional Spring Festival starts from the 8th

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Delicacies on the Tibetan Plateau

Tibetan butter Tibetan butter is refined from yak’s or ewe's milk and is nutritionally valuable. Heat yak’s or ewe's milk moderately; pour it into a tall and relatively thin barrel called Xuedong; stir it until there is a layer of fat on the surface; spoon up the fat and put it into a bag; and after it cools, it has become Tibetan butter. Tibetan butter can be used to make Tibetan buttered tea and Ciba (cooked glutinous rice pounded into paste).

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Snow leopard

Snow leopards are beautiful endangered cats. They are called snow leopards because they live near the snow line all the year round and their coats are almost white. They inhabit rocky terrains in plateau areas. They are alert and agile with acute senses. They are also exceptional climbers and leapers. Their long and thick tails function as rudders when they spring, enabling them to turn in the air; thus, they are very good at hunting. As their fur

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Qinghai-Tibet Railway
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As the highest and longest elevated railway in the world, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is called Tianlu (Road to Heaven). It connects Xining, Qinghai Province to Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The length of the railway is 1,956 km. Most of the railway is in high-elevation regions and no man’s land. It starts in Golmud, climbs the Kunlun Mountains, traverses Hoh Xil, Fenghuo Mountain and Tanggula Mountain, enters into Tibet’s Amdo, passes

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Namtso Lake

Namtso, meaning Heavenly Lake or Holy Lake, is a famous holy place in Tibetan Buddhism. It is said to have been Chakrasamvara’s Bodhimanda and is considered to be one of the four mightiest lakes by Buddhists. It is on the border between Damxung County of Lhasa Prefecture and Baingoin County of Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The lake lies at an elevation of 4,718 meters, and has a surface area of 1,920 square kilometers.

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Wuyi Yan Tea: One of the Top Ten Chinese Teas
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As a widely-known specialty of the Wuyi Mountain region, Wuyi Yan tea (Rock Oolong tea) is also a superb Oolong tea on the list of Top Ten Chinese Teas. In the Wuyi Mountains, there is a saying "Among the rocks comes out the tea leaves, only the leaves there are of the best quality". This saying is where the name of the tea comes from. Scattered along the Jiuqu River, under the 36 peaks and 99 prominent rocks, the tea plants are the best ornaments

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Oolong Tea
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Oolong Tea, also known as Wulong tea and semi-fermented tea, is a unique and distinctive tea category among several major types of Chinese teas. Its production process is very exquisite, and each process must be completed in accordance with stringent requirements so that this high quality tea can be made. As a category between black tea and green tea, oolong tea has both the sweet and aromatic characteristics of black tea and the fresh, delicious

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Yunnan Pu’er tea

Yunnan Pu'er tea is a famous tea produced in Yunnan that has a reputation spanning the ages and all across the world. Its raw material is the primary Dian (Yunnan) green tea which is native to Xishuangbanna. Pu’er is the result of processing. Pu’er tea has a long history and the trade of Pu’er tea can be traced back as early as the Tang Dynasty. Pu’er tea is made from the fresh leaves of high-quality, large-leaved tea plant species in Yunnan

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Making Wine

Making wine with the distiller’s yeast is an important invention of the brewing technology for ancient Chinese. The original distiller’s yeast is made of the musty or germinant grain, mainly including wheat and rice. With the improvement of the musty grain, people made the distiller’s yeast suitable for brewing. The distiller’s yeast contains filamentous fungus (mildew) which can make the starch diastatic and yeast which can help to make

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