CIIC:Today's featured article/February 2018


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February 1
Zheng Chenggong

Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga 郑成功) was a native of Nan'an, Fujian Province. After the Manchu took control over northern China, he rose to fight against the Qing Dynasty. With a powerful fleet at sea, he maintained control of the southeastern provinces of Fujian, Guangdong and Zhejiang for over 20 years, once even advancing into the Yangtze River regions. It was not until 1660 that the Qing armies turned the tide and forced Zheng to Xiamen. (More...)

February 2
Pottery warriors on horseback

In 493, the Northern Wei Dynasty moved its capital to Luoyang, and used political means to force the people to adopt Han family names, speak Chinese, wear Han-style clothes, marry Han women, and follow Han folklore and customs. The Northern Wei rulers also promoted Buddhism by chiseling grottoes, building Buddhist temples, and personally preaching Buddhist scriptures. (More...)

February 3
China Printing Museum

The China Printing Museum is at 25 Xinghua Beilu, Huangcun Town, Daxing County, Beijing. A specialized science and technology museum, it has been open to the public since June 1, 1996.(More...)

February 4

Lichun (立春), or Start of Spring, is the first solar term in the year. It reflects the changing of seasons, indicating the beginning of spring, when the average temperature is 10-22℃ (50-68oF). After Lichun, days become longer and nights shorter, while weather is getting warmer and vitality returns to all lives. (More...)

February 5
Wusuli River
Wusuli River (乌苏里江) is a big branch on the right bank of Heilongjiang River, also an important boundary river on the Sino-Russia border in the Northeast. (More...)


February 6
Items displayed at Capital Museum

The refurbished and relocated Capital Museum is now China's second largest, dwarfed only by the National Museum (which is being reconstructed and closed until 2010). With its striking modern architecture and impressive variety of exhibits, the museum has staked its claim as the best museum in Beijing. Well captioned displays are offset with informative introductions that, thankfully, don't assume everyone if an experts on Chinese history and culture. (More)

February 7
red to avoid ill fortune in one's Zodiac Year of Birth

In Chinese tradition, Ben Ming Nian (本命年) refers to the year of zodiac animal in which one was born. (More...)

February 8

Little New Year (小年), which falls about a week before the lunar New Year, is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each household.(More...)

February 9

Laozi (老子 also translated as Lao-tzu) was Chinese philosopher of the late Spring and Autumn Period and founder of Taoism. (More...)

February 10
Taichi ball game 太极柔力球

Taichi ball game, or taichi rouliqiu (太极柔力球), is a modern sports with Chinese flavor. It combines the principles of taichi with elements of modern ball games. As a game for the old and young, it is easy to access and has quickly gained popularity, especially among old people. A player needs only a specially designed racket and ball to play either alone or competitively. A recent count estimated some 2 million people play the game. (More...)

February 11

Face changing (变脸) is a unique stunt incorporated in Sichuan Opera that is used to express the changing emotions of characters.(More...)

February 12

New Year pictures (年画), as their name implies, are made especially to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday. (More...)

February 13

Pasting Spring Festival couplets (春联) on gateposts or door panels is an old tradition in China. People like to give expression to their feelings of life's renewal and the return of spring. (More...)

February 14

The annual Spring Festival Gala (春节联欢晚会) hosted by China Central Television has become an important part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration since 1983, when it was first televised live at home and abroad.  (More...)

February 15

Lunar New Year's Eve (除夕), the last day of the old year, is one of China's most important traditional holidays. Homes are spotless inside and out, doors and windows are decorated with brand new Spring Festival couplets, New Year's pictures, hangings, and images of the Door God, and everyone dresses up in new holiday clothes that are decorated with lucky patterns and auspicious colors. (More...)

February 16

Spring Festival (春节) is the most important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar. (More...)

February 17
Baiyunguan Temple Fair in Beijing

Temple fairs (庙会) are very popular in the Spring Festival period. Most temple fairs feature folk performances like lion dancing, local operas and various local delicacies. (More...)

February 18
Hongbao, a Chinese New Year gift to kids.

Ya Sui Qian (压岁钱) means money given to children as a Chinese Lunar New Year gift which is usually put in a red envelope or paper bag. (More...)

February 19

Yushui (雨水) reflects the weather phenomenon, indicating that there will be more rain after this day and the volume of rainfall will soon increase. (More...)

February 20
As an important part of the traditional art of Heilongjiang paper-cuts, Hailun paper-cuts (海伦剪纸) embrace the different styles of the northern and southern schools, vigorous but still exquisite, rough but still graceful. Its works, originally characterized by its folk style, are now developing more thematic and systematic. (More...)


February 21
Feng Xiaogang (冯小刚) is a Chinese film director noted for his humorous films and New Year celebration films, which have won him many fans. He has been selected as one of the co-directors for the CCTV's Spring Festival Gala which will celebrate the year of the horse 2014. (More...)


February 22

The Lion Dance (舞狮) is one of the most popular dances in China. Known as the king of animals, the lion is a traditional symbol of good luck in China. The dance has a long history stretching back 2000 years. Records show that during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Lion Dance was already performed for the royal family. (More...)

February 23
Dumplings, also called Jiaozi

Jiaozi (饺子) or dumplings have been a favorite food of the Chinese people for thousands of years. People traditionally eat jiaozi on the fifth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. (More...)

February 24

Chunyun (春运) is a period of travel rush in China during the Spring Festival, which usually begins 15 days before the Chinese Lunar New Year's Day and lasts for around 40 days. The extremely high traffic load is an annual test on China's transportation systems. (More...)

February 25
The Forbidden City in central Beijing

The Forbidden City (紫禁城) was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, and now houses the Palace Museum. (More...)

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