On this day, the Northern hemisphere experiences the shortest day and the longest night, and according to ancient beliefs it marks the arrival of cold weather. In 2015, the Winter Solstice falls on December 22.
The Dragon Boat Festival, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, is almost here. Yet even as the sport of dragon boat racing is widely popular, little is known about the actual production of dragon boats.
Egypt has always been among Chinese tourists’ favorite travel destinations. In December 2013, Chinese authorities finally released updated alerts and adjusted safety warnings for local citizens traveling to Egypt.
Mazu, the most respected sea goddess in China's coastal areas, especially in the southeast and Taiwan islands, is believed to be able to predict the weather, helping fishermen avoid sea disasters and salvage shipwrecks.
The Boluo Chicken is a local chicken-shaped handicraft made from clay, bamboo, paddy stalks and colorful chicken feathers. It has also led to a Cantonese pun referring free loading on other people's food, money or other things.
The story begins with the Roman Empire over 2,000 years ago, where people planted flowers to use for food or medicine, not just to appreciate their beauty. The peach blossom, along with its fruit, is part of this tale.
Lifeofguangzhou.com picks some of the best Cantonese-style souvenirs for you – including those famous pieces as well as lighter and and comparatively cheap items but still with that defining Cantonese character.