Episodes
Winter can be brutal in some parts of China, especially in the north, where blizzards and icy roads are not uncommon. If you want to survive the worst that the winters here can throw at you, it's important to be prepared. Here are some tips for making it through the chilliest days of the year.
Published 12/05/19
We love panda. Panda loves bamboo. We love bamboo. Come on! The love of the Chinese people toward bamboo can't be explained in such a simple mode. Bamboo means so much to the Chinese culture and civilization. As a commodity, it can be easily detected in our daily life, while as a cultural symbol, it has been deeply implanted in the Chinese people's minds.
Published 11/28/19
Chinese people have pursued harmony since ancient times, and the same is true for moderation to music, without emphasizing sharp semitones. The five music notes were connected with the five elements of the nature, and the five main organs of a human body. Meet the world's earliest music therapy.
Published 11/25/19
Angelic, divine, sublime…there are so many words to describe beauty that they make the word beautiful just a bit too common. Here in China, there is a kind of stunning beauty that can "make the fish forget how to swim and birds how to fly." How does it happen? And who is it talking about?
Published 11/14/19
"How's it going?" "Are you all right?" These are how Americans and British people greet each other on a daily basis. Chinese people greet each other, however, by putting forward a question about eating. To find out more about this unique greeting manner and the cultural reason behind it, let's take a listen.
Published 11/07/19
What?! By inserting hair-thin needles to specific acupuncture points, the acupuncturists can restore the flow of “qi”, balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.
Published 10/30/19
Crabs aren’t the most attractive-looking creatures. But the taste of their meat can be irresistible. Have you ever wondered: who was the first person to come up with the brilliant idea that crabs could be eaten? This episode of A Thousand Whys may cause the audience to produce excessive amount of saliva, so listener discretion is advised.
Published 10/22/19
As THE most popular drink of the Chinese people, tea boasts a history almost as long as that of the Chinese civilization. It is something like coffee to westerners that could never be missed or replaced in one's daily life. Let's find out more about how Chinese people love drinking tea and how it has become part of our life.
Published 10/15/19
To answer that, we might as well first talk about something in the ancient Book of Changes. Numbers from 1 to 10 have either yin or yang characteristics.
Published 10/12/19
Smooth and shiny, soft yet strong, silk is considered a symbol of luxury for thousands of years. It frequents runways of fashion weeks, and is the popular choice of royalty and nobility. But did you know that silk was one of the longest kept industrial secrets in the world? Have you ever wondered how silk was invented?
Published 09/30/19
Autumn is here! As nature will soon cast its magic on mountains and woods by adding various charming colors, the weather is also getting colder and colder. In China, especially in the north of country, many people follow such a folk custom called as "pasting the autumn fat" by eating more meat at this time of year. Sounds weird? But don't draw a conclusion so easily until you finish listening to this episode with our host Shen Ting.
Published 09/22/19
Every year when the summer heat is gone, and the moon is full and bright, it’s time to celebrate. On what the Chinese call the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Festival, the moon is the absolute center of attention. Do you have any idea how much we are fascinated by our cosmic neighbor?
Published 09/12/19
In modern days, people are writing less and less with pens. Instead, the computer and smart phone have taken place to function as the method of conveying or recording information and messages. But in China, there are still quite a large quantity of people practicing the traditional Chinese handwriting, or the Chinese calligraphy. What's the charm and magic behind it? Let's find out more.
Published 09/03/19
Cicadas have a rather short life, but they signify rebirth and immortality in Chinese folklore and art. They’re known for their noisiness, but useful in Chinese medicine in treating ear-ache, sore throat, husky voice, and sick eyes. (Photo by Xie Yanan)
Published 08/28/19
Cicadas have a rather short life, but they signify rebirth and immortality in Chinese folklore and art. They’re known for their noisiness, but useful in Chinese medicine in treating ear-ache, sore throat, husky voice, and sick eyes. (Photo by Xie Yanan)
Published 08/27/19
Ask any Chinese people about his or her favorite flower in summer, you would probably get the same answer - the lotus. It is beautiful, it is fragrant, and it contains some cultural messages that really enchant the Chinese people. You'll surely find out more after listening to this episode.
Published 08/21/19
50 Shades of Qing... greenish blue, blueish black, blackish green...
Published 08/21/19
Chinese people are considered to be good at martial arts, or Kung Fu. There is Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li to name just a few of the masters the world may well know. But are all, or most of the Chinese people good at Kung Fu as some may assume?
Published 08/18/19
Ask any Chinese people about his or her favorite flower in summer, you would probably get the same answer - the lotus. It is beautiful, it is fragrant, and it contains some cultural messages that really enchant the Chinese people. You'll surely find out more after listening to this episode.
Published 08/14/19
50 Shades of Qing... greenish blue, blueish black, blackish green...
Published 08/09/19
If you lived in ancient times and wanted to build a house, what materials would you use for the framework? In China, the answer was wood. Why?
Published 07/28/19
If you lived in ancient times and wanted to build a house, what materials would you use for the framework? In China, the answer was wood. Why?
Published 07/28/19
For a Chinese people, Sichuan Cuisine means something that can really bring out your great appetites, no matter whether you are a lover of spicy food or not. How could the food coming from a province in southwest China become a knock-out cuisine that has won most stomaches throughout the country? Let's find out with Shen Ting.
Published 07/22/19
For a Chinese person, Sichuan Cuisine means something that can really bring out your great appetites, no matter whether you are a lover of spicy food or not. How could the food coming from a province in southwest China become a knock-out cuisine that has won most stomaches throughout the country? Let's find out with Shen Ting.
Published 07/21/19
Playing with fire, standing for justice, fighting for peace... mythical animals can do a lot that humans are not able to. These glass animals are often seen on the upturn eaves of Chinese imperial buildings. Find out who they are and what they're good at.
Published 07/14/19