CIIC:Today's featured article/January 2020


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January 1

Wuzhen (乌镇) is a historic canal town south-west of Shanghai. Located in Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, the traditional feel, style, features and structures of a typical town in this region of lakes and rivers have been well kept. The streets of Wuzhen run alongside rivers with bridges for intersections. Houses are built along the rivers, and they are typically imposing dwellings with spacious courtyards, overlapping roofs and high eaves. Other structures apart from houses run along the rivers, like docks, walkways, workshops, commercial buildings, and pavilions, some on the water. The town presents a picture of primitive simplicity, brightness, orderliness, peace and seclusion. (More...)

January 2
Traditional Laba porrige in the festival.

The Laba Festival (腊八节) is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar Chinese calendar. Laba porridge is the most popular meal in the festival. (More...)

January 3

The Beidou Navigation Satellite System (北斗卫星导航系统) is a global navigation satellite system developed by China.

The system is composed of three parts: The space section, the ground section and the users’ section. In the system, a total of five geostationary orbit satellites and 30-non geostationary orbit satellites operate in space. Meanwhile, a certain number of stations, including the main control stations and the monitoring stations, operate from the ground. In addition, the terminators of the system are installed in the devices sold to users. (More...)

January 4
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节) is held annually from January 5 and lasts for more than one month. Starting in 1985, it has become one of the world's four major ice and snow festivals. (More...)

January 5
Tsangyang Gyatso

Tsangyang Gyatso (March 1, 1683 – Nov. 15, 1706) was the sixth Dalai Lama. He was a rebellious Buddhist icon who wrote romantic poems about Buddhism and love that are still popular today. They have been quoted in novels, other poems and movies. Two of his love poems became particularly popular after the release of the comedy If You Are the One 2 in December 2010, whose theme song borrows lines from his poem Better Not to Meet. (More...)

January 6

Xiaohan (小寒) is one of 24 traditional Chinese solar terms, reflecting the changing of four seasons. (More...)

January 7
Twelve Chinese zodiac signs.

The Shēngxiào (Chinese: 生肖), better known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries such as China and Korea and Japan. (More...)

January 8
Icebreaker Snow Dragon

Xuelong, or Snow Dragon (Chinese: 雪龙) is China's first icebreaker and was built in Ukraine in 1993. China spent 31 million yuan (US$3.7 million) to convert it into a transport ship for Antarctic expeditions. It replaced Jidi in 1994 and has remained in service ever since. (More...)

January 9

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January 10

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...)

January 11

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January 12
Hukou Waterfall

The Hukou Waterfall (壶口瀑布), the second largest in China, is located 165 km to the west of Fenxi City, Shanxi Province, and 50 km to the east of Yichuan, Shaanxi Province. The width of the waterfall changes with the season, usually 30 m wide but increasing to 50 m during flood season. It has a drop of over 20 m. When the Yellow River is blocked by mountains on both sides, its width is abruptly narrowed down to 20-30 m. It rushes down from the narrowed mountain mouth, forming a grand waterfall, as if water is pouring down from a huge pot. Hence its name Hukou (literally "Kettle Spout") Waterfall. (More...)

January 13
Shadow Play

China is the hometown of the shadow play (皮影戏). The Chinese leather shadow play is said to date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), but it was not until the Song Dynasty (960-1279) that the art form had its earliest appearance in the records of historians. Over the past thousand years, folk artists have been casting leather puppets'shadows on a small white curtain while singing and dancing behind it, depicting the ups and downs of the life of the Chinese people. (More...)

January 14

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January 15

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January 16
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...)

January 17

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. In one of the most distinctive traditions of Spring Festival, a paper image of the Kitchen God is burned on Little New Year, dispatching the god's spirit to Heaven to report on the family's conduct over the past year. The Kitchen God is then welcomed back by pasting a new paper image of him beside the stove. From this vantage point, the Kitchen God will oversee and protect the household for another year. The close association of the Kitchen God with the Lunar New Year has resulted in Kitchen God Festival being called Little New Year. Although very few families still make offerings to the Kitchen God on this day, many traditional holiday activities are still very popular. (More...)

January 18
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...)

January 19
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...)


January 20

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

January 21

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...)

January 22

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...)

January 23

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

January 24

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...)

January 25

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

January 26
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...)

January 27
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...)

January 28

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...)

January 29
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...)

January 30
Xiangsheng (相声) is one of the most popular and influential types of Chinese performing art. (More...)


January 31

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